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

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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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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