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.
Marleau Thornton Setoguchi
Heatley Couture Clowe
Wellwood Pavelski Mitchell
Mayers Desjardins Eager
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?