San Jose Sharks

Team News
J. Braun should be fine after blocking shot | 04/24/2014 9:56 AM
News
Justin Braun blocked a hard shot during Tuesday's game, but he should be fine for Game 4 on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Braun has a goal and a team-leading plus-six rating in three playoff games. He's been playing alongside Brad Stuart.
Brent Burns nets his second goal of playoffs | 04/23/2014 10:56 AM
News
Brent Burns scored for San Jose in its 4-3 overtime win against Los Angeles.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Burns has two goals and three points in three playoff games. He had 22 goals and 26 assists in 69 contests in the regular season.
Matthew Nieto has 4 points in 3 playoff games | 04/23/2014 10:54 AM
News
Matthew Nieto found the back of the net in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Nieto has recorded at least a point in each of San Jose's playoff contests thus far. He now has a goal and three assists in three postseason games.
Tomas Hertl nets his second goal of playoffs | 04/23/2014 10:53 AM
News
Tomas Hertl scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Hertl has two goals and three points in three games this season. Although he missed most of his rookie season due to a PCL and MCL injury, his rise has given the Sharks some extra scoring depth. That might prove to be the difference for San Jose as they compete for the Stanley Cup.
Niemi and Sharks win | 04/23/2014 3:43 AM
News
Antti Niemi stopped 28 of 31 shots in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win past Los Angeles Wednesday night in Game 3 of the playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi has all San Jose wins in the postseason, thanks largely to all the offensive support he's been receiving from his teammates. Niemi now has a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in the postseason.
Sharks wins on Marleau's OT goal | 04/23/2014 3:38 AM
News
Patrick Marleau scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Marleau's shot 6:20 into overtime went off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov and past an unsuspecting Jonathan Quick, and the Sharks claimed a 4-3 victory and a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Marleau has been excellent in the playoffs with five points in three games. Matt Nieto, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl also scored for the Sharks.
Joe Pavelski's back on the Sharks' first line | 04/22/2014 4:48 PM
News
Joe Pavelski practiced on the Sharks' top line on Tuesday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Pavelski skated alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. That's been his regular spot lately, but he did spend part of Game 2 on the third line, so that's why this is noteworthy. Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been toying with the idea of moving Pavelski to the third line for a while to balance the lines.
Patrick Marleau is a Lady Byng finalist | 04/22/2014 12:15 PM
News
Patrick Marleau is one of the finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy.
NHL.com

Impact
The Lady Byng Trophy goes to the player who has a great season while also exemplifying sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Marleau had 33 goals and 70 points in 82 contests while spending 18 minutes in the sin bin. If he won the award, it would be the first time it has gone to a San Jose Sharks player.
Torres has playoff goals in consecutive games | 04/21/2014 5:05 PM
News
Raffi Torres has contributed goals in back-to-back games for the Sharks to open the playoffs.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
He has also amassed 11 hits. Torres had the crowd chanting his name during Game 2 and he didn't know how to react when asked about it afterward. "It's nice. I don't know what to say," he said. "It's kind of weird." He missed most of the regular season because of a knee injury, but he's making an impact an early impact in the playoffs.
Matthew Nieto strikes for two helpers | 04/21/2014 9:42 AM
News
Matthew Nieto had two assists on Sunday in the Sharks 7-2 win over Los Angeles.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Nieto has three helpers in two games as the Sharks are getting scoring from everyone up front. He played 12:09 minutes in Game 2.
Tomas Hertl back on the first line | 04/21/2014 9:40 AM
News
Tomas Hertl was back on the top line alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on Sunday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Hertl moved up from the third unit as coach Todd McLellan wanted Joe Pavelski to center the third line. Hertl was held off the scoresheet but had a goal and an assist in the opener. He is worth a middle round pick in drafts next season as he has a chance to explode offensively.
Brad Stuart finds himself healthy in playoffs | 04/21/2014 9:37 AM
News
Brad Stuart is finding himself rather healthy in the playoffs thus far.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Stuart was injured just before the Olympic break and sat out six weeks, returning on March 24. The long layoff seemed to heal all his injuries and he and the Sharks are now benefiting from the rest as he has been stellar defensively on the blueline for San Jose through the first two games of the playoffs. He has yet to get a point but is plus-four in the early going.
Justin Braun gets the winner on Sunday | 04/21/2014 9:27 AM
News
Justin Braun scored the winner and was plus-three on Sunday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Braun's goal put the Sharks up 3-2 and gave them a lead that they never relinquished. The Sharks have outscored the Kings 13-5 in the first two games of the series but are expecting a much different Los Angeles team for Game 3. "We've had a couple of great nights offensively, but more games like this . . . uhh, no," Braun said. "We obviously can't be disappointed with the goals we've scored, but they're a good team and the games aren't all going to be like this." Game 3 goes on Tuesday at the Staples Center.
Mike Brown has a goal and 12 penalty minutes | 04/21/2014 9:22 AM
News
Mike Brown had another big fantasy game for the Sharks on Sunday as he scored and had 12 penalty minutes in only 8:29 minutes of action.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Brown played less than any other Shark but is making the most of his minutes as he has two points in two games. The feisty Brown is playing awfully well defensively as well as a fourth liner.
Andrew Desjardins has big game for Sharks | 04/21/2014 9:20 AM
News
Andrew Desjardins had two assists and 10 penalty minutes in the Sharks 7-2 shellacking over the Kings on Sunday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
The Sharks are getting scoring from all four lines as every San Jose forward who has played has at least two points in the series. They are going to be tough to beat if this continues as the Sharks will be tough to defend against.
Sharks G Antti Niemi gets win in 7-2 beating | 04/21/2014 1:11 AM
News
Antti Niemi turned aside 24 of the 26 shots he faced as he and the San Jose Sharks crushed the visiting Los Angeles Kings 7-2 Sunday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The Sharks lead the best-of-seven series 2-0, and have thoroughly dominated. They won Game 1 6-3. Niemi has both San Jose wins in the post-season, thanks largely to all the offensive support he's been receiving from his teammates. His GAA after the two postseason games this year is 2.50 and his save percentage, .917.
Joe Pavelski has three points in Sharks' rout | 04/21/2014 12:52 AM
News
Joe Pavelski registered a goal and had two assists in the San Jose Sharks' 7-2 slaughter of the visiting Los Angeles Kings in playoff competition Sunday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
The high-scoring left winger was one of seven different goal scorers for San Jose in a win that put the Sharks ahead 2-0 in their first-round, best-of-seven playoff series against the Kings. Remarkably, the Kings were ahead 2-0 in Sunday's game after the first period. The other goals were produced by Joe Thornton, Raffi Torres, Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture, Mike Brown and Justin Braun. Dan Boyle, Andrew Desjardins and Matthew Nieto each had two assists for the Sharks. Marleau and Couture also had assists for two-point nights.
Martin Havlat unlikely to play on Sunday | 04/20/2014 10:54 AM
News
Do not expect to see Martin Havlat in the San Jose lineup Sunday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Havlat was a healthy scratch in Game 1 along with Tyler Kennedy, Matt Irwin, Bracken Kearns and Matt Tennyson and it appears based on practice lines Saturday that coach Todd McLellan will not make any changes.
Mike Brown impressive in Game 1 for Sharks | 04/20/2014 10:51 AM
News
Mike Brown picked up an assist in 8:57 minutes in Game 1 on Thursday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
The fourth liner is playing in only his second playoff as he played 13 games for Anaheim in the 2008-09 season, picking up two assists and 25 penalty minutes. Coach Todd McLellan was pleased with Brown's play as well as his fourth unit linemates. "He and that line played to their strengths -- straight forward, straight lines with a forecheck mentality," McLellan said. "They were responsible defensively, so after 60 minutes we liked their game and his game in particular."
Marc-Edouard Vlasic gains confidence | 04/20/2014 10:45 AM
News
Marc-Edouard Vlasic gained a lot of confidence when he played for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Games.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Vlasic was a Steady Eddie for Team Canada as they won the Gold Medal. "Being there with those players, playing with the best and playing against the best players helped," Vlasic said. "Playing in the semifinal and final game, where it's one game and if you lose you have to wait four more years. Just having that experience, being able to bring it here into the playoffs, that's huge. I feel since the Olympics my game has grown, and I have to keep that going here." Vlasic had a goal and an assist in Game 1 and was tied for the team lead with five shots on goal.
G Antti Niemi rewards Sharks' faith in him | 04/19/2014 10:34 AM
News
San Jose goalie Antti Niemi needed only 18 seconds Thursday to show that he was on his game.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter had sneaked past the San Jose defense and was alone for the first shot of Game 1, only to have Niemi get a piece of the puck. A quality scoring chance but no goal. "It was a pretty huge save," Sharks center James Sheppard said. "That's a puck that could easily have went in, and that's 18 seconds into a series. So when I saw it, I was pretty happy. I knew he was going to be there -- not that I had any doubts." Sheppard might not have had any doubts, but others did. Niemi had faltered at times down the stretch, while rookie backup Alex Stalock was more consistent. Coach Todd McLellan added to the drama by not publicly naming his starter until game day. Thursday, Niemi rewarded his team's faith, stopping the first 19 shots he faced before giving up three goals in the third period after the Sharks had built a 5-0 lead. And none of those Los Angeles goals could be categorized as softies in what ended up as a 6-3 win for San Jose.
Raffi Torres nets fourth career playoff GWG | 04/18/2014 10:34 AM
News
Raffi Torres accounted for the game-winner in San Jose's 6-3 victory over Los Angeles in Game 1 of the first round.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Torres has 10 goals in 62 career playoff games and remarkably four of them have been game-winners. He also had a team-high seven hits in the Sharks' playoff opener.
Sheppard earns first multi-point playoff game | 04/18/2014 10:32 AM
News
James Sheppard recorded two assists in San Jose's 6-3 win against Los Angeles in Game 1.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
It was Sheppard's first career multi-point playoff game. He had four goals and 20 points in 67 contests in the regular season.
Brent Burns gets two points vs. LAK | 04/18/2014 10:29 AM
News
Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 6-3 victory on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Burns' efforts helped San Jose claim a 1-0 lead on Los Angeles in the first round series. He had 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games this season.
Sharks claim Game 1, but worries remain | 04/18/2014 10:27 AM
News
One of the keys to Game 2 for the San Jose Sharks will be to shrug off their rough third period in their playoff opener.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
The Sharks established a 5-0 lead over Los Angeles through 40 minutes, but the Kings fought back in the third before eventually losing 6-3. The Sharks still have a 1-0 edge in the series, but they need to guard against the momentum from the final 20 minutes carrying over into Game 2.
Niemi solid in Sharks win | 04/18/2014 3:59 AM
News
Antti Niemi turned aside 31 of 34 shots in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi was perfect in the first two periods, but in the third period he allowed three goals. Niemi ended his regular season with a 39-17-7 record and he will be the number one goalie for the Sharks in the playoffs.
Hertl scores as the Sharks beat the Kings | 04/18/2014 3:56 AM
News
Tomas Hertl scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 6-3 win over Los Angeles in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Hertl, who missed most of the regular season wiht his knee injury, played a solid game and scored his first playoff goal ever. Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic both had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, while James Sheppard added two helpers in the win. Patrick Marleau, Raffi Torres and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks.
Raffi Torres will return for Game 1 vs. Kings | 04/17/2014 6:04 PM
News
Raffi Torres (knee) will play Thursday when the Sharks host Los Angeles in their playoff opener.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
He sat out the last 17 games of the regular season to rest after returning for five games from knee surgery. Torres skated with Andrew Desjardins and Martin Havlat on the fourth line during the morning session.
Antti Niemi will start Game 1 vs. Los Angeles | 04/17/2014 2:01 PM
News
Antti Niemi will start in Game 1 against Los Angeles.
Kevin Kurz on Twitter

Impact
The Sharks made some waves when they didn't immediately name their starter for Thursday's playoff opener, but it shouldn't come as a surprise that Niemi will get the nod.
Nieto might make playoff debut on 2nd line | 04/17/2014 10:39 AM
News
Matthew Nieto might be on the Sharks' second line in Game 1 of the first round.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
If that's the case, then Nieto will be playing alongside Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. He had 10 goals and 24 points in 66 games in his rookie campaign.
Raffi Torres will probably play Thursday | 04/16/2014 6:23 PM
News
Raffi Torres (knee) is probable for Game 1 on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Torres was on the ice with the Sharks on Wednesday. "Today, he looked even better. You can probably interpret that as him being ready to go," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Torres. "Now, with that being said, I haven't sat with him, I haven't met with him after the skate today yet." If Torres dresses, it will probably be as a bottom-six forward.
Tomas Hertl practices on Sharks' third line | 04/16/2014 6:20 PM
News
Tomas Hertl skated on the Sharks' third line during Wednesday's practice.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Take that with a grain of salt because San Jose keeps altering its lines. Hertl was playing on the top line before he suffered a major knee injury and he might end up back in that role at various points during the playoffs.
Joe Pavelski practices on Sharks' first line | 04/16/2014 2:20 PM
News
Joe Pavelski skated on the Sharks' top line with Joe Thornton on Wednesday.
Kevin Kurz on Twitter

Impact
It's worth noting because there was some discussion of moving Pavelski to the third line to balance them out. He had 41 goals and 79 points in 82 games this season.
Joe Pavelski might end up on third line | 04/16/2014 11:00 AM
News
The San Jose Sharks are considering using Joe Pavelski as the team's third-line center.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
That's an unusual spot for a guy that scored 41 goals, but moving Pavelski might give the Sharks three strong scoring lines. In that scenario Tomas Hertl would probably be reunited with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on the top line.
Sharks won't say who Game 1 starter is | 04/15/2014 10:52 AM
News
The San Jose Sharks aren't naming their starting goaltender for Game 1.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
The fact that it's even possible that backup goalie Alex Stalock might start over Antti Niemi is telling. Niemi dropped off from his superb 2013 numbers with a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage in 64 games this season.
Bracken Kearns is good for Game 1 | 04/15/2014 10:50 AM
News
Bracken Kearns (undisclosed) is available for Game 1 of the Sharks' first-round series.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Kearns left Saturday's game due to the ailment. He has three goals and five points in 25 contests this season.
Scott Hannan feels ready to return from UBI | 04/14/2014 6:03 PM
News
Scott Hannan (upper body) practiced Monday and declared himself ready to go in Game 1 of San Jose's opening round playoff series versus Los Angeles.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
However, it's unclear if he'll play on Thursday after he skated on the fourth defense pairing. He appeared in 56 games for the Sharks this year and can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Bracken Kearns leaves game in the second | 04/13/2014 9:42 AM
News
Bracken Kearns suffered an undisclosed injury in the second period Saturday and did not play in the third.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Kearns was recalled earlier in the week from the minors after he had 25 points and 72 penalty minutes in just 45 games. He played in his 25th game this season in the NHL and chipped in with three goals and five points.
Scott Hannan sits out Saturday with UBI | 04/13/2014 9:39 AM
News
Scott Hannan missed Saturday's game with an upper body injury.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Hannan suffered the injury on Friday and was kept out as the playoffs begin on Wednesday. He ends the season with three goals and 12 points in 56 games, but had only one point in his last 19 games.
Tomas Hertl plays with Thornton and Burns | 04/13/2014 9:34 AM
News
Tomas Hertl returned to his original line on Saturday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Hertl played alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns and look for the trio to play together once the first round of the playoffs get underway starting on Wednesday. He is worth selecting fairly high in playoff pools if you think that the Sharks are going far into the playoffs.
Sharks' G Antti Niemi stops 30 shots in win | 04/13/2014 1:04 AM
News
San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi made 30 saves to help the San Jose Sharks record a 3-2 victory against the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi ends his regular season impressively, with a record of 39-17-7, a GAA of 2.39 and a save percentage of .913. San Jose will face the Los Angeles Kings in a Western Conference first round matchup in the coming week. The Sharks-Kings series will be a rematch of a 2013 Western Conference Semifinal that the Kings won in seven games.
Joe Pavelski scores two in San Jose's victory | 04/12/2014 11:30 PM
News
Forward Joe Pavelski scored his 40th and 41st goals of the season to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes in Phoenix Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Both of Pavelski's goals were netted in the first period. Pavelski has had a first-rate season and has notched at least a point in seven of his team's final eight regular-season games. Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks, his 23rd of the season. The Sharks entered the game locked into a first-round playoff series against the Kings, starting in the coming week, so the game against the Coyotes Saturday was merely a tuneup.
Matthew Nieto (personal) gets sent to ECHL | 04/12/2014 1:11 PM
News
The Sharks have assigned Matthew Nieto to Ontario of the ECHL to be close to his mother.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
She is scheduled to have cancer-related surgery next week and Nieto will rejoin the team afterward.
Logan Couture earns 3 helpers vs. Colorado | 04/12/2014 1:07 PM
News
Logan Couture recorded three assists in a 5-1 win against Colorado on Friday night.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
His chemistry with Patrick Marleau has helped him rack up 53 points in 64 games this campaign.
Patrick Marleau hits 70 points Friday | 04/12/2014 1:04 PM
News
Patrick Marleau registered a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-1 win over Colorado.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
His three-point night gave him a total of 70 on the year. Marleau's 33rd goal held up as the game winner.
Stalock leads Sharks past Avalanche | 04/12/2014 5:18 AM
News
Alex Stalock stopped 32 of 33 shots in San Jose's 5-1 win over Colorado Friday evening.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Stalock played a very solid game and his record improved to 12-5-2. He also has a 1.87 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. San Jose's head coach Todd McLellan hasn't announced his goaltender for Game 1 against the Kings, either Antti Niemi or Stalock, but Stalock certainly made a strong case for himself. Maybe Niemi will get his chance to prove his skills between the pipes tonight against Phoenix.
Havlat explodes with four points | 04/12/2014 5:12 AM
News
Martin Havlat had his sixth career hat trick and he also registered an assits as the Sharks defeated the Avalanche 5-1 Friday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Havlat's last hat trick came Nov. 2, 2005, as an Ottawa Senator against the Buffalo Sabres. Havlat was a healthy scratch Wednesday when the Sharks lost 5-2 at Anaheim and now he returned to the lineup against Colorado, skating on the second line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau. Havlat now has 12 and 10 assists in 47 games this season. Marleau also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Couture assisted three goals in the victory.
San Jose will start Alex Stalock Firday night | 04/11/2014 3:22 PM
News
Alex Stalock will start for the San Jose Sharks on Friday.
Kevin Kurz on Twitter

Impact
It's an opportunity for Antti Niemi to rest ahead of the playoffs and after a couple rough starts. Stalock has a 1.91 GAA and .929 save percentage in 23 games in 2013-14.
Tomas Hertl (knee) is ready to return Friday | 04/11/2014 1:26 PM
News
Tomas Hertl (knee) will return to the San Jose Sharks' lineup on Friday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Hertl emerged as one of the most exciting rookies in the league with his four-goal game on Oct. 8. He had 15 goals and 25 points in 35 games before he suffered a knee injury and needed surgery to repair his PCL and MCL. This will be his first game since Dec. 19. It will be interesting to see if the Sharks reunite their former top line of Hertl, Joe Thornton, and Brent Burns.
Tomas Hertl may play before postseason begins | 04/10/2014 6:45 PM
News
Tomas Hertl (knee) is expected to be ready to play when the postseason begins next week.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
He has been skating with the team since Feb. 26 and if he gets clearance soon then there's a chance that he will be able to play in one of the Sharks' last two regular season games. Hertl hasn't played since Dec. 19 and he underwent surgery to repair the PCL and MCL in his knee on Dec. 31.
Joe Pavelski picks up an assist Wednesday | 04/10/2014 10:54 AM
News
Joe Pavelski had an assist in San Jose's 5-2 loss on Wednesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Pavelski has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven contests. He now has 39 goals and 77 points in 80 contests this season.
Niemi awful in loss | 04/10/2014 3:47 AM
News
Antti Niemi let in three goals on only 19 shots in San Jose's 5-2 loss to Anaheim Wednesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi allowed some soft goals and he was replaced by Alex Stalock in the second period. Stalock stopped 9 of 10 shots he faced. Niemi now has a 38-17-7 record with a 2.40 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Couture scores in loss | 04/10/2014 3:42 AM
News
Logan Couture scored a goal in San Jose's 5-2 loss to Anaheim Wednesday evening.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Couture now has 22 goals and 28 assists in 63 games this season. Defenseman Jason Demers scored the other goal for the Sharks.
San Jose promotes Bracken Kearns | 04/08/2014 1:14 PM
News
Bracken Kearns has been called up by the San Jose Sharks.
Sharks.nhl.com

Impact
Kearns has 25 points and 72 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games this season. He has also participated in 22 contests with San Jose in 2013-14 and has four points over that span.
Todd McLellan not happy with play of 3rd line | 04/08/2014 11:06 AM
News
Todd McLellan is not happy with the play of his third line of late.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
The line usually is centered by James Sheppard. "That third group with Shep and whoever is playing with him - Tommy Wingels, or Matt Nieto, or whoever else is on that wing - has to elevate their game, and their level of play to make a difference," McLellan said. "They don't have to score every night, they don't have to carry the team, but their minutes have to be difference-making minutes. I think they can be better in that area." The Sharks enter the final week of the season in second place in the Pacific division and that is likely where they will finish.
Raffi Torres could return as early as Wednes. | 04/08/2014 11:03 AM
News
Raffi Torres (knee) could return to the San Jose lineup as early as Wednesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Torres has missed most of the season as he missed the first part of the season (59 games) after undergoing off-season knee surgery and then tweaked the knee again four weeks ago. He played only five games this season thus far but he has scored three times. He is a very nice late playoff pickup if you think the Sharks are going deep into the playoffs.
Antti Niemi gives up three in shaky night | 04/06/2014 1:16 AM
News
Antti Niemi gave up three goals in San Jose's 3-0 loss to Nashville on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi kicked away only 21 shots on the night. While he has the second-most wins in the league (38), his rates don't really stand out: 2.37 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. San Jose has 107 points, good for third in the West.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic has six SOG, minus-2 | 04/06/2014 1:16 AM
News
Marc-Edouard Vlasic fired a game-high six shots on goal in the Sharks' 3-0 loss to the Predators on Saturday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
On the flip side, he also finished a minus-two in the loss. Vlasic is a solid blueliner, though he doesn't offer a lot of offensive upside; he has five goals and 24 points this season. Patrick Marleau was on the ice for all three goals against.
Patrick Marleau registers an assist Thursday | 04/04/2014 11:14 AM
News
Patrick Marleau had an assist in San Jose's 2-1 win on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Marleau has only been held off the scoresheet twice in his last eight games. He has 32 goals and 67 points in 78 contests in 2013-14.
Brent Burns' point streak reaches five games | 04/04/2014 11:13 AM
News
Brent Burns is riding a five-game point streak.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Burns scored a goal in a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday. That gives him 23 goals and 46 points in 65 games this season.
Niemi solid in Sharks' win | 04/04/2014 2:29 AM
News
Antti Niemi turned aside 26 of 27 shots in San Jose's 2-1 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi played a very good game and the Sharks was able to beat the Kings. He now has a 38-15-7 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
Couture scores a game-winning goal | 04/04/2014 2:25 AM
News
Logan Couture scored a game-winning goal in San Jose's 2-1 win over Los Angeles Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Couture now has 21 goals and 28 assists with a plus-18 rating in 61 games this season. Brent Burns scored the other goal for the Sharks.
Todd McLellan enthusiastic about Dan Boyle | 04/03/2014 11:31 AM
News
Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been encouraged by Dan Boyle's recent offensive outburst.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Boyle has recorded a point in each of his last five games and has found the back of the net in three straight contests. "Boyler's starting to look like Dan Boyle. I don't know what you guys think, but he sure does to me, and that's good timing," McLellan said. Boyle hasn't exactly had a bad season, even if this is one of the worst in his career from an offensive perspective. He has 11 goals and 32 points in 70 games in 2013-14.
Tomas Hertl (knee) practices Wednesday | 04/02/2014 2:57 PM
News
Tomas Hertl (knee) joined his teammates for practice on Wednesday for the first time.
David Pollak on Twitter

Impact
He skated in a no-contact jersey, but his return to the ice is a positive sign. Hertl hasn't played since Dec. 19 following surgery on his knee. He could be available to return at some point in the playoffs.
Joe Thornton gets his 850th career assist | 04/02/2014 10:08 AM
News
Joe Thornton had two assists in San Jose's 5-4 win against Edmonton on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
That gives Thornton 11 goals and 74 points in 77 games this season. He became the 25th player to reach the 850 career assists milestone Tuesday night and he's just eight points shy of establishing himself as the 46th member of the 1,200-point club.
Brent Burns records two points Tuesday | 04/02/2014 10:05 AM
News
Brent Burns had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 5-4 win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Burns extended his point streak to four games. He has 22 goals and 23 assists in 64 contests in 2013-14.
| 04/02/2014 6:06 AM
News
Jason Demers returned to action on Tuesday April 1.
Rotoworld.com

Niemi and Sharks win | 04/02/2014 3:42 AM
News
Antti Niemi let in four goals on 29 shots in San Jose's 5-4 win over Edmonton Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi didn't play very well, but the Sharks was able to win anyway. He now has a 37-15-7 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. San Jose's next game will be on Thursday against Los Angeles so Niemi will probably get the start then too.
Boyle leads Sharks to win Tuesday | 04/02/2014 3:37 AM
News
Dan Boyle scored a goal and registered an assist in San Jose's 5-4 win over Edmonton Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Boyle extended his goal streak to three games after going 29 games without a goal. He also has a five-game point streak. Brent Burns also had a strong night with a goal and an assist, while Joe Thornton added two helpers in the win. Andrew Desjardins, Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks.
Sharks send Mirco Mueller to AHL Worcester | 03/31/2014 6:47 PM
News
Mirco Mueller will join the Worcester Sharks of the AHL now that his WHL season is over.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
He had five goals and 27 points in 60 games for Everett this year. Mueller was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 draft. The 19-year-old defenseman will either play for San Jose or be back in the WHL next campaign because he isn't eligible to start the season in the minors.
James Sheppard's knee OK after injury scare | 03/31/2014 6:25 PM
News
James Sheppard is OK after an injury scare during the second period of Saturday's game against Colorado.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
His left leg/knee collided heavily into the boards. "I didn't want to stay on the ice, so I was able to get up on that knee. After that, I knew it was OK," Sheppard said. "You never know what it is, and I've had so many different feelings with that knee. I was worried for a good 10 seconds. After that, it was almost like nothing happened." He has three goals and 11 assists in his past 18 games. His success on the third line has allowed the Sharks to play Joe Pavelski on the top line as a winger.
San Jose pp flying with Brent Burns on 1st | 03/31/2014 10:26 AM
News
The San Jose power play is 6-11 since Brent Burns replaced Logan Couture on the first unit.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Couture missed a game due to injury and apparently has been "Wally Pipped" as he has been relegated to the second unit. Burns has a goal and three assists since the promotion on the power play and now has a career high 21 goals and also has 43 points which is only three off his all-time best.
Alex Stalock drops 3-2 decision to Colorado | 03/29/2014 6:19 PM
News
Alex Stalock permitted three goals on 22 shots in a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday afternoon.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
He has provided the Sharks with quality play this season when called upon, but he wasn't at his best against the Avalanche in this one. Stalock was beaten for an even strength goal, a power-play goal and a shorthanded tally in the contest. He now owns an 11-5-2 record with a .930 save percentage and a 1.91 GAA.
Joe Pavelski nets 38th goal in loss to Avs | 03/29/2014 6:15 PM
News
Joe Pavelski registered his 38th marker of the season in Saturday's loss to Colorado.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Pavelski heads into Saturday night's action ranked second in the league in goals and second in power-play markers (14). He has picked up four goals and two assists during a three-game point streak. Dan Boyle had the Sharks' other marker in the loss.
Jason Demers out Saturday due to illness | 03/29/2014 2:34 PM
News
Jason Demers (illness) won't play Saturday afternoon.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Consider him day-to-day for now. Demers has four goals and 32 points in 69 games this season.
Sharks will go with Alex Stalock against Avs | 03/29/2014 2:29 PM
News
Alex Stalock will be in goal for Saturday's game against Colorado.
David Pollak on Twitter

Impact
That's a 3:00 p.m. EST start, so adjust your lineup accordingly.
Sharks demote Freddie Hamilton | 03/28/2014 3:53 PM
News
The San Jose Sharks have sent Freddie Hamilton to the minors.
Sharks.nhl.com

Impact
Hamilton has no points in 11 games with San Jose in 2013-14. He also has 19 goals and 37 points in 54 AHL contests this season.
Joe Thornton takes part in his 1200th game | 03/28/2014 10:52 AM
News
Joe Thornton played in his 1,200th career game on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Thornton is the 100th player to ever reach that mark. Given that he's just 34 and has managed to stay pretty healthy throughout his career, Thornton is probably going to end up climbing pretty high on the leaderboard. He has 342 goals and 1,189 points in those 1,200 games.
Brent Burns has 7 points in last 6 games | 03/28/2014 10:49 AM
News
Brent Burns scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-3 loss on Thursday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Burns has heated up lately with seven points in his last six games. That gives him 21 goals and 42 points in 62 contests in 2013-14.
Niemi and Sharks lose | 03/28/2014 4:03 AM
News
Antti Niemi let in four goals on 31 shots in San Jose's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi now has a 36-15-7 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. The Sharks will face the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday and it could be Alex Stalock's turn to start then for the Sharks.
Boyes scores in loss | 03/28/2014 3:59 AM
News
Dan Boyle scored a goal in San Jose's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg Thursday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Boyle gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 1:57 into the first period when he ended a 29-game drought with his ninth goal. He also has 21 assists with minus-5 rating in 68 games this season. Logan Couture and Brent Burns also scored for the Sharks, while Martin Havlat and James Sheppard both registered two assists in the loss.
| 03/28/2014 3:01 AM
News
Logan Couture returned to action on Thursday March 27.
Rotoworld.com

Adam Burish (hand) may return for playoffs | 03/27/2014 5:38 PM
News
Adam Burish (hand) isn't expected to play again during the regular season, but he could return during the playoffs.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
He underwent surgery Wednesday to insert two pins in two fingers in his left hand after he blocked a shot against Edmonton on Tuesday. Burish missed the start of the 2013-14 campaign because of a procedure on his back, so he's been limited to just 15 games this year.
San Jose promotes Freddie Hamilton | 03/27/2014 5:01 PM
News
Freddie Hamilton has been summoned from the AHL.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Logan Couture is questionable for Thursday night and the Sharks won't have Adam Burish for the rest of the year. Hamilton has 37 points in 54 games in the minors to lead Worcester in scoring. He doesn't have a point in 11 games with San Jose this season.
Logan Couture feels '50-50' to play Thursday | 03/27/2014 4:54 PM
News
Logan Couture is questionable for Thursday's contest versus Winnipeg.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
"I'm going to take warm-up, I think, at least that's my plan, and see how it feels then," Couture said. "Probably 50-50." He sat out Tuesday's game in Edmonton after he blocked a shot against Calgary on Monday. The decision to play or not sounds like it will be left up to him.
Adam Burish has procedure, out indefinitely | 03/26/2014 4:06 PM
News
Adam Burish had a procedure done on his hand after suffering a gruesome injury while blocking a shot on Tuesday.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
Burish isn't expected to be available anytime soon, but beyond that the Sharks haven't provided many details about his status. He had already missed most of the 2013-14 campaign due to a back injury he sustained during the preseason.
Carpenter, Sharks agree on entry-level deal | 03/26/2014 3:41 PM
News
The San Jose Sharks have inked Ryan Carpenter to an entry-level contract.
Sharks.nhl.com

Impact
Carpenter had eight goals and 16 points in 15 games with Bowling Green State University this season. He missed most of the season because of an injury. "Ryan has proven to be a very dynamic player in his three seasons playing under Bowling Green Head Coach Chris Bergeron," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He has shown significant leadership and scoring ability in his collegiate career and we look forward to his continued development. He's the kind of player that can play in all situations and fits the mold of the type of player our organization is looking for."
Joe Thornton surpasses 70-point milestone | 03/26/2014 10:48 AM
News
Joe Thornton had two assists in the Sharks' 5-2 win on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Thornton has now surpassed the 70-point mark for the 10th straight season, not counting the shortened campaign. The 34-year-old ranks 46th on the NHL's all-time points list with 1189 in 1199 career games.
Adam Burish injures hand while blocking shot | 03/26/2014 10:44 AM
News
Adam Burish suffered a gruesome hand injury while blocking a shot on Tuesday.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Burish immediately left the game as a result. There wasn't a timetable made immediately available for his return, but it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up being sidelined for quite some time.
Niemi solid in Sharks win | 03/26/2014 3:38 AM
News
Antti Niemi turned aside 28 of 30 shots in San Jose's 5-2 win over Edmonton Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Niemi played a solid game and made some great saves in the game. Niemi now has a 36-14-7 record with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
Pavelski's hat trick power Sharks past Oilers | 03/26/2014 3:32 AM
News
Joe Pavelski scored a hat trick and added an assist for the Sharks in a 5-2 win against the Oilers Tuesday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
It was the third hat trick of Pavelski's career; all have come this season. He now has 37 goals and 34 assists with plus-25 rating in 74 games this season. Patrick Marleau also had a strong night with a goal and an assist, while Joe Thornton and Brent Burns both added two helpers in the victory. Martin Havlat also scored for the Sharks.
Logan Couture will not play Tuesday | 03/25/2014 8:01 PM
News
Logan Couture is out of the lineup Tuesday night, earning a night off after blocking a hard shot with his leg on Monday.
James Duthie

Impact
Couture's injury is not serious and he should be back in the Sharks' lineup later this week.
Logan Couture is questionable Tuesday | 03/25/2014 11:14 AM
News
Logan Couture was hurt when he blocked a shot during Monday's 2-1 shootout loss.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Fortunately, Couture's injury isn't believed to be serious and he even might be available on Tuesday. He has 19 goals and 46 points in 57 games this season.
Stalock and the Sharks lose | 03/25/2014 3:45 AM
News
Alex Stalock turned aside 26 of 27 shots in San Jose's 2-1 shootout loss to Calgary Monday night.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Stalock now has a 11-4-2 record with a 1.85 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. The Sharks will play again tonight in Edmonton, so Antti Niemi will likely start that contest.
Sheppard scores in loss | 03/25/2014 3:41 AM
News
James Sheppard had a goal in San Jose's 2-1 shootout loss to Calgary Monday evening.
Rotoworld.com

Impact
Sheppard scored in his second straight game and he now has four goals with 13 assists in 58 games this season. Defensemen Dan Boyle and Matt Nieto assisted the goal. There was some bad news for the Sharks when Logan Couture left the ice in the second period and did not return. The Sharks will play tonight against Edmonton so stay tuned about Couture's injury.
San Jose will get Brad Stuart back on Monday | 03/24/2014 6:00 PM
News
Brad Stuart (upper body) will return to San Jose's lineup in Monday's meeting with Calgary.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
He has sat out the last 13 games with an upper-body injury after he was hurt on Feb. 7. Stuart is a good source of hits and blocks, but he shouldn't be on your radar if you are looking for points. He is slated to be paired with Justin Braun.
Sharks will go with Alex Stalock vs. Calgary | 03/24/2014 5:44 PM
News
Alex Stalock will be in San Jose's crease Monday night against Calgary.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
He made 35 stops against Columbus in a 4-3 shootout victory on Mar. 13 in his last outing. The Sharks play again in Edmonton on Tuesday, so Antti Niemi will likely start that contest.
Raffi Torres still out with knee injury | 03/24/2014 8:29 AM
News
The San Jose Sharks have still to decide whether or not Raffi Torres (knee) will accompany the team on a two game road trip road trip to Alberta.
CSN Bay Area

Impact
Torres skated on Sunday so that's the good news as he has missed the last seven games with the injury. Stay tuned.
Stuart improving and return in sight | 03/23/2014 1:25 PM
News
Brad Stuart is getting closer to a return to action.
Curtis Pashelka Twitter

Impact
He has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since February 7th but appears to be recovering quickly. He told reporters than there is virtually nothing he is restricted from doing now. Stuart will certainly be back before the playoffs. It is just a question of how many games he will be able to play as a tune up.
Torres misses 7th straight game | 03/23/2014 1:19 PM
News
Raffi Torres did not play Saturday night against the Capitals.
San Jose Mercury News

Impact
It was the seventh consecutive game he missed due to a right knee injury but he is getting closer to a return to action. Torres missed the game more due to generally soreness in the knee area so it seems it is more of a conditioning issue than anything else. Torres indicated that he could play if it were absolutely necessary but there was no need to rush things. Torres could be a player some time next week. Stay tuned for further updates.
player news provided by RotoWorld

THN on Twitter