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


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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 ]

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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 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 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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