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

Saturday, 03.31.2012 / 9:59 AM PT
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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 ]



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STANDINGS

PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 LAK 55 33 19 3 151 129 69
2 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
3 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
4 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
5 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
6 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
7 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 54 25 27 18 52
B. Burns 54 18 30 -11 48
J. Thornton 54 12 36 17 48
P. Marleau 54 17 18 -17 35
J. Ward 52 15 17 -11 32
M. Vlasic 51 7 24 8 31
T. Hertl 53 11 16 5 27
J. Donskoi 49 10 16 2 26
L. Couture 24 5 13 4 18
J. Braun 52 1 17 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 26 15 3 .916 2.34
A. Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94
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