A report recently surfaced that some Western Conference general managers may be pushing for an overhaul of the American Hockey League, and possibly adding a western wing to the top development league of the NHL.
Thomas Greiss will make his fourth start, and first since Oct. 15 vs. St. Louis, when the San Jose Sharks visit the New York Islanders tonight.
Although coach Todd McLellan would neither confirm or deny the possible line change, he may be shaking up the Sharks' third line defensive pair. What else should you be paying attention to?
Former Sharks GK Evgeni Nabokov left the game early on Thursday night for the Islanders due to fatigue, putting his start against the Sharks on Saturday in doubt.
Should visors be mandatory in the National Hockey League? The topic heated up after Chris Pronger skated off the ice after a stick to the eye earlier this week.
Even with their 25th-ranked penalty-kill success rate, the PK was probably the biggest reason San Jose increased its winning streak to three games with its 3-1 victory in Nashville.
San Jose leads the league in shots per game 38.8, as well as shots against per game 25.3. The Predators? Its the exact opposite, as they are last in the league in shots 22.1 and shots against 33.9.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic: "They the Predators forecheck hard, with two guys very aggressive and a D that pinches. Its good for us to practice that before we play Nashville.
Last season, the Sharks split time in net between Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki. Todd McLellan is taking a different approach this year, handing the reigns to a now-healthy Niemi.
The Bruins took just half a minute to erase the Sharks' two-goal lead, but Benn Ferriero's first goal of 2011-12 and stout netminding from Antti Niemi gave the Sharks their second road win in as many nights.
It hasnt been a good start to the season for Jason Demers and Colin White, who have been on the ice for some key goals against and were healthy scratches Saturday.
In his debut with the Sharks Friday night, Martin Havlat registered an assist in 19 minutes of action. Can he help lead the Sharks past the defending Stanly Cup Champion Boston Bruins tonight?
Joe Pavelski scored in the final minute of regulation to force overtime and the Sharks used the shootout to earn their first two points in the last four games, getting a much needed win to start their six-game road trip.
Martin Havlat will make his much anticipated Sharks debut tonight in New Jersey, as San Jose looks to snap its three-game losing streak. What else should you be paying attention to?