Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Blues - 4/12/2012

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 5:30 AM PT
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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It's game day in St. Louis as the Sharks take on the Blues for the first game of the 2012 NHL 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.

UPDATED AT 4:10 PM Pacific

GAME INSIDE THE GAME
A special look at the special teams battle expected between the Sharks and Blues is taken by SJSHARKS.com staff writer Eric Lindquist.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

McLELLAN: "
OPENING ON THE ROAD... IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF"
Watch Sharks head coach Todd McLellan in his pregame press conference meet with members of the media to discuss tonight's game.
[ SHARKS TV ]

KFOX LOCKER ROOM REPORT

Watch Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster preview tonight's game with Sharks forward Dominic Moore.
[ SHARKS TV ]

McLELLAN MAINTAINS HUMOR, PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE
ESPN.com reporter Pierre LeBrun writes that although McLellan still receives headaches day-to-day as after effects from getting hit in the head while on the bench, he still keeps his sense of humor about the situation. LeBrun also previews tonight's showdown talking about playoff experience and possible lineups.
[ Cross Checks Blog ]

A NEW ROAD, HALAK VS NIEMI

CSN California Insider Kevin Kurz spoke with Sharks head coach Todd McLellan about opening up on road for the first time of his playoff career as the head guy. Kurz also writes about other trends and note-worth quotes in his 'What to Watch For' game preview blog.
[ Sharks Talk ]

MITCHELL & DEMERS IN, WHITE OUT

CSN California columnist Ray Ratto reports that Mitchell will return from injury and Daniel Winnik will be paired with Tommy Wingels and Andrew Desjardins on a line. Ratto also says that Jason Demers will skate along side Justin Braun as a pairing, while Colin White wil be out of the lineup.
[ Sharks Talk ]

PERRON REMEMBERS HIT, HARD OUT THE GATES

Mercury News beat writer David Pollak spoke with Blues forward David Perron and members of the Sharks locker room about seeing a competitive opening 10 minutes to the game.
[ Working the Corners ]

SHARKS PREVIEW PODCAST

Listen to Sharks Radio Play-By-Play Broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky preview tonight’s Game One matchup vs the Blues.
[ SHARKS RADIO ]

SHARKS AND BLUES PREVIEW

SJSHARKS.com writer Eric Lindquist previews Thursday night's game, including storylines, matchups, and trends to watch.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

SHARKS AND BLUES GAME NOTES
Official game notes with stats, series history, and player profiles all relavant to the Sharks and Blues.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

POSTSEASON MEDIA GUIDE
Official Postseason Media Guide of the San Jose Sharks with stats, season notes, records and more.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

SHARKS AND BLUES NHL PREVIEW
NHL.com staff writer Brian Hunter previews the Sharks and Blues Game 1 matchup with storylines from each squad.
[ NHL.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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