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Anaheim @ San Jose, morning skate

It was 1977 on KFOG’s Ten at Ten. That was more exciting in theory than reality for me, because I had guessed the year from the clues.  Those clues were a very young Carrie Fisher saying: “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi,” followed by a clip of “Three is Company too…”  The songs that started the set didn’t really resonate with me.

It’s bright and clear in the Bay Area but darn it was cold this morning.  Of course I forgot to pack gloves.  Of course.

All the Sharks but Galiardi were on the ice this morning.  For the second game day in a row I saw Couture, Vlasic & Braun stay out a little late with White and Vandermeer,  tipping shots in front of Niemi. They didn’t stay as long as the scratches but they were out longer than everyone else who expects to play.

Good thing to do, giving your goalie a little extra attention like that.

I wonder how long Handzus has been hurt?

What is this upper body injury Galiardi has?  Please don’t let it be his head.  It certainly explains his abbreviated appearance Saturday.

Wingels and Handzus both stayed out late with Vandermeer and White and Greiss.  Should be good sign that the forwards’ health is improving.

As a group, the Sharks were a merry bunch this morning.  Lots of smiles, jostling, hollering.  After McLellan left, the skaters took their time leaving the ice.  Several convened at center ice for faceoff drills.  After one such drill, Desjardins tried to pull Pavelski’s helmet off, sort of hauling him around by the head before giving up.

I didn’t notice the Sharks being particularly glum before.  Seeing them today, I realized how subdued they were while they were losing all the time.  Being happy is good, right?  Why not, the sun is shining, they’re playing a game they love, not being cheerful is kind of ridiculous.  Depression isn’t recommended as a performance enhancer.

Maybe I’m imagining it, projecting my own good mood onto them.  I’m going to LA today, and can’t for the life of me figure out why I am so stoked about driving 350 miles.  I’ll see how stoked I am after the first 200.

Even though McLellan speculated that Wingels could be back as soon as today, we won’t get to see where he would play if he were back. Not yet.  That’s fine.  Stick to what’s been working:

@brodiebrazilCSN: ‘McLellan says #sjsharks moving in the right direction: “playing the way we want to… i like the way we’re doing a lot of things right now”’

To review: the lines that will be as they were are: Couture-Thornton-Pavelski, Clowe-Marleau-Havlat, Winnik-Moore-Mitchell, Winchester-Desjardins-Ferriero.  On defense, the pair were also the same: Boyle and Vlasic, Burns and Murray, Demers and Braun.

What has not been working is winning against the Anaheim Ducks, even though the Ducks have been fairly awful all season.  Maybe that will help inspire the Sharks, despite the fact that the Ducks are not among the playoff-bound teams.

Niemi will start, as he probably will for the rest of the season.  So we can just assume that’s the case.  For him to not start would be bigger news than how many games in a row he has started.  I think Kurz said it will be eleven.

Toni Lydman as expected, was skating this morning with the Ducks:

@icemancometh: Boudreau said Toni Lydman (upper body) is better and will play tonight.

Okay.  In goal for Anaheim, who knows.  Kevin Kurz tweeted that Boudreau won’t say who is starting.  Hiller’s played 32 in a row including last night.  At some point, enough has to be enough.

I have to get back on the road and have not figured out yet how to type and blog while driving, though surely I would do so if I could figure it out.

Go Sharks!

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About Petshark: Talking Stick

Native of Northern California.  Hockey fan since 1998... sort of... there's a hiatus in there that I still can't explain.

I want to know about anything and everything related to the sport and the spectacle.  I watch, I react, I write it down.

My interest in the Sharks was initially a matter of geographic convenience and regional loyalty because that seemed to be how it worked.  I had no prior interest (at all-- AT ALL) in professional sports of any kind.  When I met hockey, it might have set off a chain reaction of general sports fandom.  It hasn't, I don't think it will.  At all.

Since then, that interest developed into full blown (mostly sort of usually almost completely) exclusive loyalty to the Sharks.

I started blogging a couple years ago on wordpress. I still occasionally put things there that I don't think fit here because they are not about the Sharks. Wherever my words wander, here on Kuklas Korner, they will (usually) hang on to a teal thread.

I can be found in cyberspace on Twitter @petshark47, or emailed at talkingstick@petshark.net