Game Day Blog - Kings @ Sharks - 4/7/2012

Saturday, 04.7.2012 / 6:00 AM PT
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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It's game day in San Jose as the Sharks take on the Los Angeles Kings for the final game of the regular season with both teams vying for a Pacific Division Title.

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.

UPDATED AT 3:59 PM Pacific

McLELLAN: 'WE WANT TO PLAY HARD, WE WANT TO WIN'
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan spoke to members of the media on Saturday following morning skate and says he looks for the Sharks to play with more discipline and avoid the penalty box.
[ SHARKS TV ]

HANDZUS IN, MITCHELL OUT
Mercury News beat write David Pollak reports that Michal Handzus will replace Torrey Mitchell in the lineup and talks about the importance of tonight's showdown with the Kings.
[ Working the Corners ]

PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE ON THE LINE
CSN California  beat write Kevin Kurz reports that heading into Saturday night the Pacific Division Title is up for grabs. Phoenix, Los Angeles, or San Jose all have a chance at the title on the final day of games in the regular season.
[ Sharks Talk ]

NIEMI VS. QUICK
LA Kings Insider Rich Hammond reports that it will be Jonathan Quick vs. Antti Niemi in net tonight, and shares how Kings Head Coach Darryl Sutter made some pointed comments about Quick after his loss to the Sharks on Thursday.
[ LA Kings Insider ]

SUTTER LOOKS TO MOTIVATE QUICK
LA Times reporter Lisa Dillman reports that Kings head Coach Darryl Sutter hopes to motivate goalie Jonathan Quick to have a better performance than in his loss to the Sharks on Thursday.
[ Los Angeles Times ]

SHARKS PLAYOFF TRACKER

A comprehensive breakdown of the Western Conference playoff race with games remaining, tie-breakers, and more.
[ SJSHARKS.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 PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Matthew Mankiewich previews Saturday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
[ NHL.com ]

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 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 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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