Sharks Notes: Lineup crunch; Marleau honored

Sharks Notes: Lineup crunch; Marleau honored
February 1, 2013, 2:45 pm
Share This Post

Todd McLellan: "JD will have to play some games, regardless of what our record is. He deserves the opportunity to play.” (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Scoreboard

Tue, Sep 23
6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 AM 北京时间6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET
San Jose    
Vancouver    
Copyright © 2014 by STATS LLC.
All rights reserved.
Schedule
DateOppTime
10/8LA7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET
10/11vs. Wpg7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET
10/14Was4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET
10/16NYI4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET
10/18NJ4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET
Full Schedule
Copyright © 2014 by STATS LLC.
All rights reserved.

SAN JOSE – It’s one of those good problems to have if you’re an NHL head coach, but it’s still a bit of a problem.

Jason Demers has recovered from his fractured wrist, is anxious and ready to play. The Sharks are 7-0-0. How does Todd McLellan get Demers back into the lineup without tinkering with a winning team?

“The one thing that is concerning is having two guys out that may return at the same time. It’s really hard to get them back in,” McLellan said, dropping a hint as to when defenseman Brent Burns might be ready.

“Jason is ready to play, Burnzie is on his way back to enter the lineup. What you don’t want is both of them without any exhibition or game experience coming in, in the middle of February. JD will have to play some games, regardless of what our record is. He deserves the opportunity to play.”

McLellan and his staff did make one recent lineup change already. TJ Galiardi, who had two assists in the first six games, was relegated to the press box on Thursday against the Oilers while James Sheppard was re-inserted back in after a three-game absence.

“We wanted to get some fresh bodies in, but there are some parts of his game – and we’ve talked to him – that have to get better,” McLellan said of Galiardi.

Galiardi said: “You’re never happy when you’re out of the lineup. If you are, that’s when you have problems. I can disagree with the decision, but it doesn’t matter. Just as long as I’m ready to go now. I had a good practice the last couple days, and I think [when] you get to watch a game you see a little more than when you’re out there.”

The 24-year-old reviewed some video with the Sharks’ assistant coaches.

“I think it’s just a message, they want a little more out of you,” he said.

The Sharks’ lineup crunch does have its benefits.

“There has to be a really motivated group of players here right now to fight to stay in the lineup every night,” McLellan said. “I think that’s a great thing for us. We want everybody to remain healthy, but we also want everybody to remain sharp.

“If you’re not sharp, we have other options.”

Marleau honored
Sharks forward and NHL leading goal-scorer Patrick Marleau was named the NHL’s second star of the month for January. Marleau is tied with Joe Thornton for second in the league in scoring with 14 points, and leads the NHL with nine goals.

The veteran still gets a kick out of such things.

“Oh yeah, it’s fun. It’s an honor to be named one of the stars, for sure,” Marleau said.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson was the first star, while Sabres forward Thomas Vanek was third. Vanek, incidentally, has taken over the NHL scoring lead after putting up his second five-point game on Thursday at Boston. His 15 points are one more than Marleau and Thornton.

More Team Talk