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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 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
2 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
3 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
4 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
5 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
6 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
7 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Thornton 82 19 63 25 82
J. Pavelski 82 38 40 25 78
B. Burns 82 27 48 -5 75
P. Marleau 82 25 23 -22 48
T. Hertl 81 21 25 16 46
J. Ward 79 21 22 -15 43
M. Vlasic 67 8 31 15 39
L. Couture 52 15 21 2 36
J. Donskoi 76 11 25 4 36
J. Braun 80 4 19 11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 37 23 4 .918 2.27
A. Stalock 3 5 2 .884 2.94
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