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Game Of The Night

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In a season that passes in a blur thanks to the Olympic break, these games pass by all too quickly: a clash of the two best teams in the Western Conference, and arguably—with all due respect to the Washington Capitals—the two best teams in the NHL.

But talk to players from the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks and they’ll tell you Thursday’s game is important on a number of levels, but remains about keeping things in perspective; another day at the office.

With a win, the Sharks could open a four-point lead in the West. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, could pull into a tie in points and jump ahead by two victories if they can steal another game in San Jose in the final of four meetings between the two conference powers.

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San Jose vs Chicago

from Mike Milbury of CBC,

As we approach the Olympic break, it is evident that the Western Conference has two teams a cut about the rest.

That’s not to say any one of a number of teams can’t make a push, but there is a reason the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks have a double-digit lead on the rest of the bunch.

How do they stack up and will either team’s general manger - Doug Wilson in San Jose or Stan Bowman in Chicago -get creative down the stretch to gain the advantage?

Coaching: Todd McLellan in San Jose has done a fine job with the Sharks, but lacks experience. Joel Quenneville has the Hawks hogging the puck on most nights but their goals against is pretty impressive: Edge: Slight tilt to Chicago based on the experience factor.

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Boyle Will Miss 2 Games

from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

Dan Boyle has what they’re calling an upper body injury and won’t be in the lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.

It’’s likely he’ll have to skip a second game Saturday against Buffalo, but both the defenseman and his coach — while vague on any details about the injury — did say they thought he’d be good to go after that, presumably barring any unforeseen developments.

more on the Sharks…

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Sharks Compete In Practice

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

After about 15 minutes, Todd McLellan had players lined up against the sideboards, skating the kind of sprints that are euphemistically called conditioning drills. After that came some “compete” drills with more than a little physical contact as players battled for loose pucks in the corners.

Sort of what you might expect after a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, though as it turned out, those sprints off the sideboards were part of a different message the coaching staff was delivering.

“That,” Todd McLellan said afterward, “was due to lack of execution in practice.”

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Babcock Wearing Two Hats

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

You might have heard. Our beloved Los Tiburones are sending more players to the Canadian team than any other NHL franchise. The top Sharks forward line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau will be joined by defenseman Dan Boyle.

What does that mean? It means that Saturday night, Babcock was sending out his Detroit players to fight and battle against the Sharks players who could be Babcock’s most key offensive performers in Vancouver.

And that had to be awkward.

“I don’t think there’s anything awkward about it,” Babcock said. “I don’t really understand where you’re going.”

Actually, in my head, I am going where Babcock will be going in a few weeks. Anxiety or intensity doesn’t begin to describe the destination.

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No Worries With Sharks Sending Eight Players To The Olympics

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...Joe Pavelski (USA), Joe Thornton (Canada), Patrick Marleau (Canada), Dany Heatley (Canada), Douglas Murray (Sweden), Thomas Greiss (Germany), Evgeni Nabokov (Russia) and Dan Boyle (Canada) represent the Sharks’ Olympic crew.

The question, of course, is whether a Stanley Cup contender like the Sharks wants to have that many core players at the Olympics, given the possible wear and tear, or even injury. But the answer from the Sharks’ organization is unequivocally, yes, it’s very much worth it.

“The positives far outweigh the negatives,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told ESPN.com this week.

The debate is an interesting one, and you get different answers from different people around the game. It’s been a conversation largely triggered by the 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings, a powerhouse team that was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by underdog Edmonton. Looking back, many people wondered if having their Swedish contingent win it all at the 2006 Torino Games in any way wore them out in the second half. Wings GM Ken Holland still doesn’t buy it.

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The Holiday Elf

A few Sharks meet Slappy, the Holiday Elf

Let it play-out…

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer

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Game Of The Night

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Once in a while, there’s a game on the NHL docket that makes your spine tingle, and that’s exactly what you’ve got tonight when the San Jose Sharks visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two Western Conference powerhouse teams with Stanley Cup aspirations meet at the United Center with a little recent history to spice things up. Just a little under a month ago, the Hawks blew into San Jose and pounded the hosts 7-2 at the Shark Tank, a game that had me muttering “Wow” several times from my couch in Toronto.

You know the Sharks will be a little hungry after a rare embarrassment like that on Nov. 25, and the Blackhawks are fully aware they’ll be facing a different team.

continued and for those of us that have Directv, maybe we can have a pity party since the game is on Versus, the channel we don’t get…

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It Doesn’t Feel Like April

from Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times,

Less than two weeks ago, the skies were clear in San Jose, the weather was mild and the view was spectacular. Especially from where the Sharks sat. With a 19-6-4 record, they had the most points and best winning percentage in the NHL.

Thirteen days later, welcome to April in December.

The Sharks have lost five games in a row, the longest stretch of futility in the short tenure of coach Todd McLellan. But before we crank the air raid sirens, we’d like to concede it can be spun any number of ways.

One, it’s only December, four months removed from the adrenal rush and slushy ice of games that really matter.

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Boyle Injury Appears Short-Term

via David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle will continue to be evaluated this week to determine the extent of an injury suffered at the end of Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, but a team spokesman said Sunday that it does not appear to be serious.

No details on the injury were released.

The Sharks don’t play again until Thursday, so it does give Boyle some time to heal.

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