The San Jose Sharks have made waves in the NHL this season, standing atop of the Pacific, beating some of their biggest rivals. Think they're satisfied? Think again...
Antti Niemi says it's still "special" facing his former team. He turned in a special performance Wednesday night, saving all 34 Chicago attempts on net to earn his first shutout of the season in the Sharks' 1-0 win.
The Blackhawks might be described as "Surly, grumpy and growly, as Chicago brings a two-game losing streak into San Jose, including a 9-2 thrashing by the Edmonton Oliers on Saturday.
After spending Saturday and Sunday night in Las Vegas on a team bonding trip, the Blackhawks arrived in San Jose on Monday night and practiced at HP Pavilion on Tuesday.
Goaltender Antero Niittymaki is nearing a return to practice after undergoing hip surgery in early September, he announced Tuesday.
In his first eight games as a Shark, Martin Havlat scored one goal and added seven assists. Since then, Havlat has just one assist in his last six games.
The Sharks are near or at the top of several national websites' power rankings. San Jose is hot, and owns the highest winning percentage in the NHL .694.
Sharks forward Ryane Clowe was fined 2,500 by the NHL on Monday for slashing Dallas Stephane Robidas during the Sharks 4-1 win on Saturday at the American Airlines Center.
By winning all three games last week, not only did the Sharks move into first place in the Pacific Division, but defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was named as one of the NHL's three stars of the week.
Patrick Marleau was around the net all day in Colorado, where he completed his fourth career hat trick with a late empty netter, as the Sharks beat the Avs 4-1 to sweep their short two-game road trip.
Despite Antti Niemi's excellent performance last night, Thomas Greiss will start in net tonight. Greiss has not played since Nov. 12, taking a 3-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. He is 3-3 on the season.
Colorado enters the game with the second best power play in the NHL at 26.1 percent, while the Sharks are 28th in the league on the penalty-kill. Something has to give.
The Dallas Stars haven't scored a goal in more than 140 minutes. Can the Sharks use that sobering fact as a motivating factor to not let the Stars get back on track? Yes and no. Our Sharks Insider explains.
Antti Niemi started the Sharks' current six-game homestand flat, but Todd McLellan stuck with him, and if his performance against the Red Wings is any indication, it was the right call.
Sheppard skated with his teammates in full pads and an orange no contact jersey on Friday at Sharks Ice for the first time since being acquired by the club in August.