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

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 8:30 AM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Sharks @ Blues - 4\/12\/2012



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 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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