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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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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