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Any Team But Detroit For The Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The Sharks will say they don’t care which team they face in the opening round of the playoffs and that’s fine. They have to say that. They probably even have to think that.  The rest of us, though, can try to be a little more analytical.

Right now, it has to be ABD — Anybody But Detroit.

Even without the history between the teams or the Sharks’ recent record of playoff wipeouts, nobody wants to face the hottest team in the NHL as the season ends and that happens to be the Red Wings.

Factor in everything else — the Sharks are a team that has to go to re-education camp to learn how to feel confident in the post-season — and that standard line about beating the best to be the best just doesn’t seem to apply. Beat anybody now. Beat the best later. Heck, let someone else beat the best.

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Peter Mueller Out With Concussion

via Adrian Dater tweet,

Mueller has concussion, out indefitely. Not on road trip

No video of the Rob Blake hit on Mueller so far, but a few screen caps can be viewed here. (Mueller hit the boards face first)

As I tweeted last night, Mueller had no idea Blake was there but hockey sense should have told him a defender was coming.

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Clowe OK, Thornton Skates

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Ryane Clowe won’t miss any games after taking that puck to the throat last night, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few scary moments after he went to the bench late in the first period.

Clowe skated at practice today — as did Joe Thornton for the first time since his injury — and afterward described the shot that hit him and his trip to the Dallas hospital to make sure nothing was fractured after he continued to have trouble breathing….

Clowe said the puck struck him just to the right of his Adam’s apple.

“I tried to continue playing, but I couldn’t catch my breath and then I had trouble breathing when I was getting off,” he said.  “I tried to catch my breath on the bench but I couldn’t because I was coughing and puked a little bit.”

When the area of impact started to swell a little bit, that made it even more difficult to breathe and the decision was made to send him to the hospital for further evaluation.

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Thornton Says Injury Not Serious

via Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,

Sharks star Joe Thornton said today that he’s not seriously injured and hopes to return to the lineup sometime on the four-game trip that opens Wednesday night in Dallas.

“I expect to play, but I just don’t know when,” Thornton said. “It’s just day-to-day. Every day I wake up and hope I feel a little better.”

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Thornton & Blake Out Tonight For Sharks

via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Joe Thornton won’t be in the lineup tonight and is day-to-day with a lower body injury. No estimated time for his return. And, yes, this means his consecutive game streak with the Sharks ends at 379 as Thornton has played every game here since being acquired from Boston in November 2005.

Todd McLellan said he’s still tinkering with his lines, but that Jamie McGinn would be back in action after missing one game.

On defense, Jason Demers has been called up and Rob Blake will sit out. Call it a “maintenance day.”

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Joe Thornton Hurt In Game Tonight

Thornton did not return and nothing yet on the injury.

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So That’s What’s Wrong With Nabokov

from Craig Simpson of CBC,

Evgeni Nabokov entered the Olympics as one of the NHL’s top goalies statistically, but has returned from the games a shell of his former self.  His Olympic numbers were less than impressive with a 4.16 goals-against average and a .853 save percentage in three appearances.

The numbers however, are only part of the story.

In the biggest matchup of his life against the Canadians he served up a stinker of a performance.  It was his worst game ever.  Watching him finally get pulled from the game with the Canadians scoring at will, you had to wonder what lasting effect that kind of performance would have on his psyche.  The answer - unfortunately for Sharks fans - seems to be, devastating.

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Morning Line- Part 2

It may very well be that losing the top seed is not the worst thing in the world for this team. Going into the playoffs under a little less spotlight might just be what they need. Or maybe the demons of springs gone by are coming back to torture the men in teal. We’ll soon find out.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the San Jose Sharks.  Read more...

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Todd McLellan’s Job Is Safe

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

So Merc columnist Mark Purdy and I both raised that same question today with different people — not because we thought a coach should be fired or would be fired as a result of San Jose’s six-game losing streak, but because there was indeed NHL precedent and you never know unless you ask.

Mark reached Doug Wilson back in San Jose and the GM’s response was succint:  “Todd’s our coach. That’s it.”

Before leaving Edmonton, I went to team captain Rob Blake and asked his thoughts on the matter:

“No, no, no. Not even close,” Blake said. “We are the best prepared, most analyzed team by far in the league. We’ve got a system everybody wants to play. It’s on the players, 100 percent.”

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You Know The Playoffs Are Close When Sharks Are Being Questioned Again

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

They’re being bloodied on a lot of nights. They’re losing games, and might wind up as the fourth seed in the West rather than the first if Phoenix catches them.

If they roll through regular season and go out early in the playoffs, people always say, “So what else is new?” If they stumble, like all teams, in league play, inquiring minds want to know if they’re worried.

“Gee, I hadn’t heard that before,” laughed defenceman Dan Boyle.

“I’ve asked our guy (Sharks beat reporter) a hundred times to quit asking (that question),” deadpanned Boyle. “But, until we win, it’s not going to end.”

Coach Todd McClellan knows the score. “The playoff reputation is certainly out there every season,” he said. “But what happens every year is you change your team, the look of it, and all you get is the opportunity to win, like everybody else. The analogy I use is the basketball tournament in the NCAA. You qualify and then, who knows what’ll happen after that?”

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