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Game Day Blog - Coyotes @ Sharks - 3/24/2012

Saturday, 03.24.2012 / 1:45 PM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Coyotes @ Sharks - 3\/24\/2012


**REMINDER: SPECIAL 7:00 PM PACIFIC START TIME**

With the Sharks and Pacific Divsion rival the Phoenix Coyotes set to face each other on Saturday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:

McLELLAN: 'WE OWE OURSELVES A GOOD GAME'
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Saturday morning that puck placement on the forecheck will be one of the keys for tonight's game and on the importance of having a good start to the game.
[ SharksTV ]

PLAYOFF RIVALRY, GALIARDI SKATES
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on comments from McLellan about the playoff race, "We’re playing against teams that need the points just like we do. It should make for great games," he said. Pollak also reports TJ Galiardi skated today for the first time since suffering an upper body injury causing him to miss four games.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI VS. SMITH IN NET, DOAN OUT
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it Antti Niemi will make his fourteenth straight start in net vs Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith. Kurz als reports that Coyotes captain and forward Shane Doan will miss his second match of a three-game suspension for hitting Stars forward Jamie Benn during a game on March 20.
[ Sharks Talk ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Coyotes staff writer Dave Vest previews Saturday night's game as the Coyotes and Sharks battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Besides tonight's game, the Coyotes will face the Sharks one more time in the regular season on March 29.
[ PhoenixCoyotes.com ]

SHARKS AND COYOTES PREVIEW
NHL.com previews Saturday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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