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 ]