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

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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 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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