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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.

read on

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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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Sharks May Have Lost More Than The Game

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Two second-period goals less than two minutes apart gave the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night as San Jose’s winless streak reached five games — its longest since coach Todd McLellan took over at the start of last season.

And captain Rob Blake sees that as a legitimate cause for concern.

“It’s a cause of concern because we’re playing similar to where we were down the stretch last year, where it doesn’t look like there’s that much energy or excitement,” Blake said. “That’s got to be created by us internally. We need to turn that around.”...

The Sharks might have suffered more than the loss of sole possession of first place as defenseman Dan Boyle was hammered to the boards at the final buzzer by Phoenix left wing Taylor Pyatt. Boyle had to be helped off the ice, but McLellan said after the game that it was too soon to know the extent of the injury.

more on the Sharks…

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Morning Line

They’re first in the division, and divisional games are always important. Too bad we gave them a point, but we’re not going to get greedy. We got two, and that’s the most important thing for us. I think we’re right on their heels now, and we’ve got to push.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after they defeated the San Jose Sharks in OT last night.  More from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Miikka Kiprusoff With The Save Of The Night

The HNIC version can be viewed below with Kevin Weekes providing the color…

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Randy Hahn With His 1000th NHL Game

from the San Jose Sharks,

Good things come in threes and the Sharks will see their third staff member work their 1,000th National Hockey League game this season. This time it’s not a behind the scenes person as Sharks Television Play-by-Play man Randy Hahn will call his 1,000th NHL game Saturday when the Sharks face the Calgary Flames.

continued and Randy’s favorite call is (Detroit fans, don’t watch)...

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