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

Thursday, 04.5.2012 / 6:00 AM PT
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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

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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 18 8 16 5 24
J. Pavelski 18 13 9 5 22
B. Burns 18 6 14 8 20
J. Thornton 18 3 15 6 18
P. Marleau 18 4 8 2 12
J. Ward 18 6 5 3 11
M. Vlasic 18 1 10 13 11
T. Hertl 18 5 5 9 10
J. Donskoi 18 5 4 2 9
C. Tierney 18 5 2 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 12 6 3 .919 2.12
J. Reimer 0 0 0 .857 2.07
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