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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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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 34 23 9 2 106 67 48
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 32 14 13 5 95 109 33
12 COL 33 12 13 8 85 101 32
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 34 7 20 7 74 116 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 34 13 16 4 29
J. Thornton 34 8 21 2 29
J. Pavelski 34 15 13 5 28
P. Marleau 34 7 20 -1 27
B. Burns 34 10 16 -2 26
T. Wingels 34 9 14 1 23
T. Hertl 34 7 7 -3 14
J. Braun 34 1 12 7 13
M. Vlasic 33 4 6 12 10
J. Sheppard 28 4 6 0 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 14 7 3 .917 2.42
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