Petshark: Talking Stick
by petshark on 04/09/12 at 09:55 PM ET
The Sharks skated for a fairly long time today, as could be expected after a day off and with no game until Thursday. There’s also those 15 things they have to work on, some of which are detailed at Working the Corners. Unlike that skate, this will be short.
It took a really long time for anything like lines to appear through a jumble of drills, but I waited them out. Maybe I just waited until I started seeing things. I have to allow for that since David Pollak said this:
But lines were jumbled without Clowe so it’s not worth my time or yours to point out the combinations on the ice unless you think Brad Winchester, Marty Havlat and Tommy Wingels will be sharing shifts. -Working the Corners
Nuthin’ but time here, so this is what I thought I saw.
It was interesting that there was no fifth line to speak of. Instead, the guys usually on the fifth line were worked into the second and third lines. Winchester and Ferriero filled in for the absent Clowe on the second line, while Handzus and Mitchell spelled each other on the third line. The defensive lines were
a bit harder impossible to read with Brent Burns missing. There were very few combinations I didn’t see. Boyle skated with Vlasic and Murray, Braun skated with White and Vandermeer, Demers skated with Murray and White. It looked a little bit like “what if you don’t get to be with the guy you expect to be with” which is always a good exercise too.
Of the recently absent due to undisclosed injuries, only Clowe was missing. It was very good to see Mitchell skating for the full practice and engaged in all the drills. I don’t know how surprising it was to see White because I didn’t notice exactly when or how he was injured, unlike Mitchell. Anyway, those two being back was good. No word why Burns was absent, except this:
Brodie Brazil @brodiebrazilCSN: “Coach McLellan says he expects a completely healthy #sjsharks roster for game 1 vs #stlblues”
The goalies stayed quite late to do drills with several skaters usually assigned to the fourth and fifth lines. Maybe they were waiting for the media scrum to clear, but I don’t think so. At least since he came to San Jose, Niemi has always been inclined to do a little extra work. It’s good to see he’s still at it.
That is all I noticed, and I’m busy trying to quantify playoff experience which I will post about later. I’m hoping my very basic arithmetic will give Sharks fans some reason to believe that all the hasty guessers are wrong. You know, those guys who are giving the Sharks an outside playoff run of six games. That is just too horrible to hear over and over again. I don’t want to listen to them anymore.
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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.
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