Word on the Tweet: Are Wings 1 rival?

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Word on the Tweet: Are Wings 1 rival?

The Red Wings will make their first of two visits to HP Pavilion tonight, leading us to post a simple Twitter poll question on Wednesday is Detroit the Sharks top rival right now?

The answers were mixed, of course. Many agree that the recent playoff battles between the two clubs does in fact make the Red Wings the most hated team in the Bay Area, but many consider the Ducks and Kings the biggest rival based on proximity.

Joe Thornton agrees with, well, both responses when asked if the Wings are the Sharks' biggest rival club.

I think so yeah. Probably, them, Anaheim and L.A, said the captain.

Over the years I think both teams have looked at each other as a benchmark. They try to play good against us, and we try to play good against them. Thats the case when two good teams go at it. They work hard, they compete, and they have great players.

Below is a sampling of some of your responses.

@BleedingTeal
A rival yes, but probably not top. Kings & Ducks would be top rival. Wings are more of a measuring stick of how we are playing.

@Puckguy14
oh absolutely. Playoff history, classic games, best against best.

@steveckl
Even though we've met the Red Wings few times in POs and have history, I still hate the Ducks most. Kings are in running too.

@Mike_landis
They are our measuring stick, but they are so good and so classy I can't hate them enough for them to be my top rival. I HATE ANA

@JeffBlay
Detroit could definitely be mentioned in the same breath as LAAnaheim for top Sharks rival; intense playoff battles, close games.

@PatfaceCatface
Wings or Ducks for me. I give the edge to the Wings based on the incredible playoff history between the two.

@chrissampang
Man. I hate to be the contrarian..but I think the Wings rivalry has "frequency" but Dallas way more intense at its peak

@JoeGSW
Ducks are real rivals. To put it simply, Nor-Cal hates So-Cal.

@HammySJS
I'd consider them rivals-in-spirit but their relevance as a powerhouse is debatable now. That's not to say they're not great tho!

@jonplee
bc we've beat them 2 straight yrs, they've lost their mystique. I think ChiVan are our top rivals now. LA too in the yrs to come.

@TheDodgerhater
Gotta be Anaheim. They are dirtier and the games are more physical. Plus they're a division rival. They make me sick.

@mizzzurp
Ducks. More wings fans show up to the games at HP but there is an immense hatred for them amongst the patrons when they're in town

@nuggetsauce
Wings are definitely the Sharks real NHL rivalry. Ducks Kings see a lot of games, but intensity of SharksWings is unmatched.

@Chadd Maia
Top rivals will always be one of the SoCal teams due to amount of times seen, but Detroit games are always the most intense

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

In push for playoffs, LA Kings acquire goalie Bishop from Tampa Bay

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired goaltender Ben Bishop in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Los Angeles sent Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and a conditional pick to Tampa Bay for Bishop and a 2017 fifth-round pick.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced the trade Sunday night, less than four days before the trade deadline.

Bishop, a pending unrestricted free agent, helped the Lightning reach the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. The Kings now have Bishop and 2012 and 2014 Cup winner Jonathan Quick, who returned Saturday from a long-term lower-body injury that had sidelined him since October.

The 6-foot-7 Bishop, 30, is 16-12-3 with a 2.55 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

Three takeaways: Sharks stand up for Karlsson; avoiding the mumps

Three takeaways: Sharks stand up for Karlsson; avoiding the mumps

VANCOUVER – It was a successful first game coming out of the bye week for the Sharks, as they won going away against the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday, 4-1. Here are our three takeaways from the evening in British Columbia…

1 – Slow start, strong finish

The league-wide trend of starting slow coming out of the NHL’s newly instituted bye week was on display in the first period, as the Sharks and Canucks played one of the uglier frames of NHL hockey you’ll ever see. San Jose was on its heels early, surrendering the first six shots of the game and looking particularly confused. They didn’t register a single hit in the period, either, which is hard to do.

The Sharks were lucky that Vancouver wasn’t much better, and that Martin Jones – whose performance we focused on in primary the game recap – was looking sharp and well rested.

The message after the scoreless first period, according to coach Pete DeBoer, was just to “try and get better.” That’s what happened.

“We knew it would be a little messy, and it was,” DeBoer said. “Jonesy thankfully was our best player, and gave us a chance to get our legs under us. I thought as the game wore on we got better and better. It wasn’t a pretty win, by any means.”

Chris Tierney said: “After the first 10 minutes [we] started to feel good and then kind of felt back to normal in the second there. It definitely took a little bit. Joner bailed us out in the beginning a couple times. I thought we started to get going in the second and third.”

2 – Standing up for Karlsson

Melker Karlsson was lucky to return in the third period after he took a heavy hit from Joseph Labate. Karlsson had to be helped to the dressing room after the blow, when his head violently snapped back as Labate ran him into the boards in front of the bench.

Micheal Haley pounced on Labate immediately after the incident, earning a two-minute minor that the team was probably happy to kill off. Labate, to his credit, answered the bell in the third period when he was challenged by and fought Brenden Dillon. The Sharks will face the Canucks three more times this season, including on Thursday, so a response to the hit was particularly necessary even if it was clean.

“That sends a good message to the team that everybody has each other’s back,” Mikkel Boedker said of Haley and Dillon’s efforts. “Those guys are real standup guys, and they’ve done it so many times. Every time they do it, it means something special to all of us.”

DeBoer said: “That’s a huge part of our team and our team identity. We’ve got a group that you’re not going to be able to push to of games, and I think we’ve shown that over the last two years here. You don’t even have to say anything, that’s just automatic.”

3 – Avoiding the mumps

Some eyebrows were raised in the press box midway through the game when the Canucks tweeted that defenseman Luca Sbisa would not return with the stomach flu. That’s one of the early warning signs of the mumps, meaning Sbisa could have exposed some Sharks to the virus, which is making its way through the Vancouver dressing room.

“What are you going to do? We’ve just got to cross our fingers and get outta here and hope that he didn’t rub up against anybody,” DeBoer said.

The Sharks coach said after the game that he thought “most of our guys” have had vaccinations, but “I believe there’s a couple that haven’t.”

After the virus invaded several NHL dressing rooms two seasons ago, the Sharks’ training staff will likely be on the lookout for symptoms when the team reconvenes on Monday. Hopefully, the outbreak will begin and end in Vancouver this time.

“Definitely, you want to make sure that you stay away from all that stuff,” Boedker said.