Game Day Blog - Bruins @ Sharks - 3/22/2012

Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 3:41 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Bruins @ Sharks - 3\/22\/2012


With the Sharks and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins set to face each other on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

HANDZUS LIKELY TO RETURN
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Thursday morning that center Michal Handzus will likely make his return to the lineup and right wing Tommy Wingels will be a game-time decision.
[ SharksTV ]

McLELLAN: 'GO OUT AND PLAY FREE'
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on comments from McLellan about letting go of some of the nervousness and playing loose. "It's not about one or two individuals carrying the weight of the team on its shoulders, it’s about distributing the weight evenly," he said.
[ Working the Corners ]

THORNTON: 'OUR FATE IS IN OUR HANDS'
ESPN.com hockey writer and TSN panelist Pierre LeBrun spoke to Sharks captain Joe Thornton on Thursday morning by phone. "We've got nine games left and fate rests in our hands, and that’s a good thing," Thornton told LeBrun.
[ ESPN.com ]

NIEMI VS. THOMAS
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi and Tim Thomas facing each other on Tuesday in a battle of the Stanley Cup winning goaltenders from the past two seasons.
[ Sharks Talk ]

999TH GAME FOR CHARA
Boston Globe beat writer Kevin Paul Dupont reports on Boston's line combinations, the Eastern Conference playoff picture and tonight's storylines including the 999th career game for Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
[ Bruins Blog ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Bruins staff writer Anthony Gulizia previews Thursday night's game as the Bruins open a rare late-season California road trip. The Bruins will face the Sharks tonight, then the Kings and Ducks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
[ BostonBruins.com ]

WINGELS NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON
The San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels has been selected as its 2012 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

SHARKS AND BRUINS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Pete Jensen previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

ACOLATSE HOPES PATH LEADS BACK TO SAN JOSE
Sharks defensive prospect and Bay Area native Sena Acolatse is the focus of AHL beat writer Mike Billings' feature.
[ TheAHL.com ]

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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