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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Kings - 4/5/2012

Thursday, 04.05.2012 / 9:00 AM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Kings - 4\/5\/2012


UPDATED AT 4:51 PM Pacific

It's game day in Southern California as the San Jose Sharks are ready to take on the Los Angeles Kings. A win on Thursday night is all the Sharks need to clinch a berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Check out the links below to prepare for the game. Be sure to circle back throughout the day as we'll update the Game Day Blog with current news, video interviews, and stories as they become available.

MURRAY OUT, SHARKS FOCUSED ON KINGS
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that the Sharks will be focused solely on getting things done in LA tonight and expect no help from others. Pollak also writes that Douglas Murray will likely not play, even if the defensemen is given the clear from trainers.
[ Working the Corners ]

SHARKS LOOK TO TAKE CARE OF OWN BUSINESS IN LA
CSN California Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz checks in with his "What to Watch For" game preview where he says the Sharks will have the mentality set to taking care of their own business. Kurz also expects that San Jose will use a similar lineup as fans have seen in the past two games.
[ Sharks Talk ]

SUTTER NOT TAKING SHARKS LIGHTLY
LA  Kings Insider Rich Hammond caught up with Kings coach Darryl Sutter and asked for his impressions on the Sharks recent two game sweep against the Stars.
[ LA Kings Insider ]

KINGS' RICHARDS: "IT GETS YOU READY FOR THE PLAYOFFS"
LA Times reporter Helene Elliot spoke with Kings forward Mike Richards about how a playoff push in the final month of the regular season can prepare a team for a postseason run.
[ Los Angeles Times ]

McLELLAN PRESSER
Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan spoke with members of the media on Thursday after the Sharks morning skate.
[ SHARKS TV ]

BOYLE: 'YOU PLAY 80 GAMES ALL YEAR AND IT COMES DOWN TO ONE'
Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle spoke to members of the media after Thursday's morning skate previewing tonight's crucial matchup vs. the Kings.
[ SHARKS TV ]

POSSIBLE PLAYOFF CLINCH SCENARIOS

CSN California statistician Darin Stephens reports on all the possible playoff scenarios and how the Sharks might clinch a playoff spot tonight.
[ Sharks Talk ]

CARTER HOPEFULL FOR POTENTIAL PLAYOFFS, QUICK HAS THE START IN GOAL

LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond updates the health status of several Kings skaters including Slava Voynov and Jeff Carter. Hammond also reports that Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is slated to start tonight.
[ LA Kings Insider ]

SHARKS PLAYOFF TRACKER

An inclusive look at the Western Conference standings with details about remaining games and tie-breakers.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

SHARKS AND KINGS PREVIEW

NHL.com previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

SHARKS PREVEIW PODCAST

Listen to Sharks Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky preview tonight’s match vs the Kings.
[ SHARKS RADIO ]

SHARKS AND KINGS GAME NOTES
Official game notes with stats, series history, and player profiles all relavant to the Sharks and Kings.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 47 31 10 6 145 112 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
11 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 49 25 18 9 43
L. Couture 49 18 25 4 43
J. Thornton 45 10 29 0 39
B. Burns 49 11 25 -5 36
P. Marleau 49 10 25 -8 35
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
T. Hertl 49 8 11 -1 19
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
M. Vlasic 48 6 10 15 16
J. Sheppard 43 5 10 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 11 5 .911 2.58
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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