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Game Day Blog - Blues @ Sharks - 4/19/2012

Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 8:30 AM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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Game Day Blog - Blues @ Sharks - 4\/19\/2012


The San Jose Sharks are set to take on the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 in the WCQF round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues lead the series 2-1 entering the night's play.

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.

Also, come back to SJSHARKS.com prior to the start of Game 4 and postgame to see live streaming of the pregame warmup and coaches' press conferences. See SJSHARKS.com/livestream for more details.

UPDATED 3:55 PM Pacific

SHARKS PREGAME QUOTES
Watch members of the Sharks locker room meet with the media in advance of Game 4 in San Jose.
[ SHARKS TV: Thornton | Pavelski | Handzus | Havlat | McLellan ]

BLUES PREGAME QUOTES
Watch members of the Blues locker room meet with the media in advance of Game 4 in San Jose.
[ SHARKS TV: Hitchcock ]

GAME INSIDE THE GAME

SJSHARKS.com writer Eric Lindquist reports about the "Game Inside the Game" with line matchups, player vs. player battles, head-to-head stats, and key figures.
[ SJSHARKS.com ]

SHARKS - BLUES REACH TIPPING POINT
ESPN.com reporter Pierre LeBrun writes Game 4 will be important for both teams, as the Sharks can even the series at 2-2 or find themselves in a 3-1 series defecit heading into Saturday night's game.
[ Cross Checks Blog ]

BEHIND ENEMY LINES

St. Louis Blues head Coach Ken Hitchcock said that goaltender Brian Elliot will start Game 4. Hitchcock said that although Jaroslav Halak has skated since he was injured in Game 2, but he will not be available to backup Elliot tonight.
[ StLouisBlues.com ]

HAMILTON CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sharks Prospect Freddie Hamilton, who currently plays for the Niagra IceDogs, was named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week after scoring three goals and three assists in two games this week.
[ Canadian Hockey League ]

SHARKS POSSIBLE LINEUP CHANGES
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that Head Coach Todd McLellan may make changes in the lineup by possibly replacing Dominic Moore and TJ Galiardi with Michal Handzus and Brad Winchester.
[ Working the Corners ]

BLUES LINEUP LIKELY UNCHANGED
CSN California Insider Kevin Kurz reports that there will likely be no lineup changes for the Blues heading into WCQF Game 4. Kurz also reports in his 'What to Watch For' blog that lineup changes are coming for the Sharks are Handzus and Winchester will suit up for the first time this series.
[ Sharks Talk ]

FACEOFFS AS IMPORTANT AS PK
CSN California columnist Ray Ratto reports that the Sharks will need to look to improve not only their PK, but also their faceoff percent in Game 4. Faceoffs were one of the Sharks strengths during the regular season but has been neutralized in the WCQF Series vs. the Blues.
[ Sharks Talk ]

SHARKS AND BLUES PREVIEW

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

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

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 4 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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