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Game Day Blog - Stars @ Sharks - 3/31/2012

Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 12:59 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


The Sharks and Stars are set to play in a pivital game on Saturday night. Here are the links you need to read before the game:

NOT JUST ANOTHER GAME, MURRAY IS QUESTIONABLE
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak says the coaches and players do not avoid looking at this game with greater importance. Pollak also spoke with Murray who will be a game-time decision to play depending on health.
[ Working the Corners ]

NIEMI VS LEHTONEN, SAN JOSE TRENDS WELL AGAINST DALLAS
CSN California writer Kevin Kurz talks about the Sharks previous stats against the Stars and highlights the potential goalie matchup between the two squads.
[ Sharks Talk ]

IT'S PLAYOFF SERIOUS BETWEEN DIVISION RIVALS
Dallas Morning News writer Mike Heika says there is no closer simulation to playoff hockey than in the next two games between the Sharks and Stars. Heika also highlights some of the storied history behind the division rivalry.
[ Dallas Morning News ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Saturday's game is previewed with stats and 'Five Things to Watch' from the perspective of the Dallas Stars web site.
[ stars.nhl.com ]

SHARKS SIGN OLEKSUK
San Jose Sharks EVP and GM Doug Wilson announced the team has signed unrestricted free agent center Travis Oleksuk to an entry-level contract.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

JUMBO IS BROCADE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

Center and team captain Joe Thornton has been selected as the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Month” for the month of March. Thornton led the team in points (13) and assists (11) in 16 games. He had four multiple-point games, including three assists on Mar. 9 at Dallas.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

LIGHTS OUT FOR MOTHER EARTH
Tonight, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., in recognition of World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour, the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion will observe Earth Hour.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 1 1 1 2 2
M. Vlasic 1 1 1 1 2
T. Hertl 1 1 1 -1 2
J. Sheppard 1 0 2 -1 2
J. Thornton 1 1 0 1 1
P. Marleau 1 1 0 1 1
R. Torres 1 1 0 1 1
J. Pavelski 1 0 1 1 1
M. Brown 1 0 1 0 1
L. Couture 1 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 1 0 0 .912 3.00
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