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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 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
4 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
7 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
8 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
9 CGY 34 17 15 2 98 92 36
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 32 11 13 8 83 100 30
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 33 13 15 4 28
J. Thornton 33 8 20 3 28
J. Pavelski 33 15 12 4 27
P. Marleau 33 7 20 -2 27
B. Burns 33 9 16 -1 25
T. Wingels 33 9 14 1 23
T. Hertl 33 7 7 -2 14
J. Braun 33 1 11 7 12
J. Sheppard 27 4 6 0 10
M. Nieto 26 3 6 0 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 13 7 3 .918 2.45
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