Sharks Can't Have Morning Skate

Players Deal With Morning Power Outage

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 12:44 PM PT / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Sharks Can\'t Have Morning Skate
The Sharks players all showed up Tuesday morning expecting to hop on the ice for the traditional morning skate. Instead they showed up to a dark HP Pavilion as a power outage essentially canceled the traditional game day skate.

“I needed a morning off so I had my buddies come in early and take care of business,” Dan Boyle joked. “Everybody loves me.”

Not many players recalled a morning skate being canceled in this manner, but they didn’t feel not skating would have a residual effect as the Red Wings were in the same boat.

“I’m sure something has happened, I’ve been in the league a while now,” Boyle tried to recall. “Nothing like this. Because we skated pretty good yesterday, it’s not the end of the world. If we didn’t skate yesterday then it would have been a little harder. We’re 20 games in here, this shouldn’t be a big deal.”

“I’ve never had this happen, you never know when you come to the rink,” Ryane Clowe said.

Best not to go with a full on skate considering the puck to the face Scott Nichol recently took at a practice with full lights on.

“Maybe it’s good today we take a break from the morning skate, we don’t want guys going down,” Clowe said. “It’s pretty strange, that’s for sure.”

YOUNG D
The Sharks have called Mike Moore back to San Jose for the contest adding to the youth on the blueliner for the evening.

“There’s not too much experience back there, so there will be some mixing and matching,” Boyle said of the defensive plan. “Just got to be smart and try and maximize my minutes out there. I don’t think there is anything set in stone. Against one of the best teams in the league, I’m sure we’ll see a lot of different combinations.”

Boyle said he’s very comfortable with the young blueline talent skating for the Sharks.

“I like their poise, the nerves are the things you’ve got to battle when you are young,” Boyle said. “If you can get a handle on those things, you’ll have a good chance and so far those guys are doing a good job.”

“I like giving those guys the opportunity because I think they’ve earned it,” Clowe said.

The youngsters will do what they can to let the Sharks play their normal game.

“Just get the puck in the forwards hands as quickly as possible, don’t hold onto it too long,” Justin Braun said. “Don’t try and make too many home run plays.”

Mike Moore was one of the few players who jumped on the ice for a bit, mostly because he wasn’t at the practice the previous day.

“A couple of us went out,” Moore said. “I didn’t’ get a chance to skate yesterday because I was travelling. I got my legs under me and am ready to go.”

GAME STILL TO BE DEALT WITH
For all the talk about the power situation, the players still had to deal with the fact a game against Western Conference leading Detroit was scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m.

“When you play against the premier centers in the league, you get up for those games and you enjoy playing in those games,” Joe Thornton said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

“I think sometimes mentally you think you need to bring it against Chicago and Detroit a little more and you step up your game,” Clowe said. “It’s good to know we can raise our game, but we want to hold that up there.”

The Sharks have fared well at home when a top team in the west has arrived at HP Pavilion. San Jose recently toppled the Stanley Cup winning Blackhawks as well as the L.A. Kings when they arrived as the then Pacific Division leaders.

DETROIT ISSUES
The Sharks have a few quirky issues with Detroit in the past, including S.J. Sharkie delaying a game because his jersey was caught in his repelling gear, which left him dangling from the rafters. Then there was the game in 1995 game at HP Pavilion that was flooded out and played at a later date in the season.

NEXT GAME
The Detroit game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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