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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 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 64 32 27 12 59
L. Couture 64 21 33 0 54
J. Thornton 60 12 41 -2 53
B. Burns 64 16 31 -3 47
P. Marleau 64 15 31 -16 46
T. Wingels 57 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 64 10 15 -1 25
J. Braun 53 1 19 3 20
M. Vlasic 59 7 12 11 19
M. Nieto 54 4 13 -10 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 17 7 .912 2.62
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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