Sharks notes: Boyle out, Canucks to start Schneider?


Sharks notes: Boyle out, Canucks to start Schneider?

March 10, 2011SHARKS NEWS SHARKS VIDEOBrodie Brazil

SAN JOSE -- The Sharks held a mandatory skate Thursday morning ahead of their game with Vancouver, due to the fact the they had a light practice Wednesday.

Forward lines:
Marleau Thornton Setoguchi
Heatley Couture Clowe
Wellwood Pavelski Mitchell
Mayers Desjardins Eager

Defensive Pairs:
Wallin White
Vlasic Demers
Murray Boyle Braun

Defenseman Dan Boyle will not play against the Canucks. Again, he was the last skater off the ice, doing conditioning work. My expectation is a Saturday return against the N.Y. Rangers.

Anttii Niemi will make the start in net for San Jose. Its rumored that Vancouver might start backup Cory Schneider instead of Roberto Luongo.

Vancouver comes into the game with the highest goal differential in the league at plus-62

Period by period the Canucks are also dominant when it counts: 1st (plus-26), 2nd (plus-4), 3rd (plus-35).

Their goals-against average this year stands at 2.22, their goals-for stands at 3.19

A lot of reaction coming from the Zdeno Chara hit two nights ago in Montreal, particularly due to the fact that the NHL did not issue a suspension. Joe Thornton, who was suspended for a hit to the head earlier this season, said he still thinks nobody can figure out how the league determines suspensions.

Topics we will cover tonight on SportsNet Central and Sharks Pregame Live:
- Do the Sharks see tonights game as the way to make a statement, facing the top team in the Western Conference?
- Will San Jose emphasize defense tonight, playing the most offensive team in the league?
- When, and how can the Sharks integrate Antero Niittymaki back into the lineup with Niemi playing so well?

Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade


Dodgers add to riches, acquire Mets slugger in trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson and cash from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

The teams announced the deal after their games Friday night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this year.

Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after Friday's win at Detroit . Granderson gives Los Angeles another option for the outfield along with Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

Pederson has been struggling quite a bit of late, hitting .149 since the All-Star break. Granderson, like Pederson, offers some power from the left side of the plate.

Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


Giants pound Phillies in blowout win, Moore pitches into eighth


SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Moore took a one-hitter into the eighth inning and picked up his first win in nearly two months as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 on Friday night.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford both homered, Pablo Sandoval had an RBI single and Denard Span added three hits and made a nice running catch in center field to help San Francisco to its ninth win in the last 12 games at AT&T Park.

One day after becoming the first team in major league history to reach 11,000 wins as a franchise, the Giants added on by beating the worst team in baseball again.

Moore (4-12) was crisp in his second straight strong start despite four walks, allowing two hits over 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time since June 20.

Four relievers combined for five outs to complete the four-hitter.

Jorge Alfaro singled twice and scored for Philadelphia.

Pence doubled and scored as part of a three-run first inning, then hit his 11th home run in the second.

Crawford tacked on with a two-run home run in the third, his 10th, after Sandoval walked. Crawford, who also doubled in the eighth, had been in a 2-for-22 slump.

Philadelphia didn't get a runner past second base until the eighth when Freddy Galvis singled in both runs.

Zach Elfin (1-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings for the Phillies. He has lost two of three starts since a two-month stint in the minors.


Phillies: Manager Pete Mackanin's ballclub was one player short after the team placed OF Odubel Herrera on the disabled list with a hamstring injury in a move that is retroactive to Aug. 15. Herrera has a 17-game hitting streak that is the longest active in the majors. A corresponding move is expected before Saturday's game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto threw 50 pitches in a bullpen session and could begin a rehab assignment early next week. Cueto also threw a 50-pitch bullpen during the team's recent three-game series in Miami. ... 1B Brandon Belt (concussion) and 2B Joe Panik (concussion symptoms) both did cardio work before the game.


Phillies RHP Jerad Eickoff (3-7, 4.45 ERA) makes his second start against the Giants this season Saturday while San Francisco counters with LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37 ERA). Blach blanked Philadelphia with a seven-hitter on June 2.