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

Saturday, 04.07.2012 / 9:00 AM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Kings @ Sharks - 4\/7\/2012


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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
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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