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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 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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