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Some ex-Worcester Shuttle frequent flyers have been on the move lately, and for some reason this is as interesting to me as pre-game thoughts about the Sharks in Anaheim. I have only one thought about tonight's game: the Sharks need to avenge that near loss they suffered at home on the 29th. I just hope it isn't with a near win like the Ducks got. Something on the order of a regulation win would be better.
Reports say Greiss will start, and Boyle missed the morning skate again due to lingering flu symptoms:
@PollakOnSharks: McLellan says Boyle missed practice because of flu symptoms, but should play. Note: #SJSharks coach said same when teams met 1/29. Hmm.
@PollakOnSharks: To be precise (and fair), #SJSharks McLellan said of Boyle that he "antcipates him playing."
Precise and fair it is. I did wonder if playing while sick or after just being sick would be a bad idea. I'll dwell on how perfectly rational that explanation is instead of getting all worked up about it. Right.
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So many rumors, so little time, mere weeks before the NHL trade deadline. When I see the phrase “sources say…” I always hear “survey says…!” in my head, the way they used to say it on Family Feud. Perhaps I only hear it that way when I’m on cold meds. Meds or no, something tells me that what most sources say is less reliable than game show surveys. Bruce Garrioch mentions the Sharks in two different scenarios in a single rumor pack, beginning with Ryan Smyth:
If Smyth does decide to waive his no-movement clause, there won’t be any tears shed. The 35-year-old could easily go to a contender as a pure rental, take the chance to win the Stanley Cup and then return to the Oilers. -Ottawa Sun
Then there’s Teemu Selanne. Garrioch says San Jose is one of many waiting for him to decide to waive his NMC:
The Sharks would be an attractive option because of San Jose’s proximity to his family in Anaheim. -ibid
Those are fun. I especially like the part about Smyth being able to go back to the Oilers later since he likes it there so much. That’s sweet.
Last night, Benn Ferriero took one shot, got one point, and Antti Niemi blanked the Flames. No, Niemi didn’t do it by himself, but he gets the special credit for it.
Ferriero’s been kind of quiet lately, but last night he made an effort to point out the obvious: if you can’t hit the target, you need to get closer.
@SharksStats: Benn Ferriero’s 4th career game-winning goal, 3rd this season. All 3 GW goals this season in road games.
The lone goal of the game was Ferriero’s sixth of the season. It was the only shot he took, if you believe the shot counters, and he took it at point blank range. I think that might qualify as a teachable moment. Sounds like McLellan thinks so too:
“We’ve got to get a little hungrier in and around the net, much like the winning goal tonight.” -Mercury News
It was just one goal. It was the Flames. The Flames have been better lately, but they’re still the Flames.
It was just the first win for the Sharks after three losses.
Niemi will start for the Sharks tonight, Greiss will backup again. Aside from distracting us from the usual question about who will start, the answer to “who will backup?” doesn’t really tell us a lot. Which goalie will they move? Based on who sits on the bench, you could argue either way.
Douglas Murray and Jim Vandermeer are still out. It goes without saying, but I don’t want to forget about him: Martin Havlat is out too, as he will be for a long while. According to Kevin Kurz, the lines looked unchanged from the last game at the Sharks’ morning skate.
That skate was a long one, according to tweets from Brodie Brazil.
@brodiebrazilCSN: Boyle on #sjsharks long skate today: “trying to get our mindset back into the game and not in the clouds and Christmas presents, and stuff.”
Martin Havlat is out of the Sharks lineup, no one knows for how long:
@markedwinemmons: “Todd McLellan said don’t expect to see Marty Havlat back until at least after Christmas. That means at least two games out.”
@KKurzCSN: “Havlat out at least through this weekend. Surgery? “At this point, not that I know of,” said McLellan.”
So Benn Obi-Wan Ferriero is back, just in time for the holiday roster freeze. If he plays one more NHL game he loses his waiver exempt status. Isn’t it time anyway? The Sharks could have called up Wingels if they wanted to use someone who could be sent back safely. The curious case of Benn Ferriero might be close to resolution.
Will he stay for an extended period? Get traded? Sent back down? Would he clear waivers? Doug Wilson didn’t comment on the long term plan for Ferriero, why would he? There are many possibilities. NHL rosters have to function as on multiple timelines, in several alternate universes. In one universe, Ferriero is in Carolina, in another he’s right here on San Jose’s third line, in another he’s back in Worcester, and then there’s the universe populated entirely by shrimp where he has to work as a salt water filtration technician.
Todd McLellan wanted a good start against the Predators, a good first period from the Sharks. He got one. I guess he phrased his wish incorrectly because the genie forgot to include a good finish with that good start. Apparently McLellan isn’t as upset about Saturday’s loss as he was about Thursday’s win:
“... I thought we had a much better game, we just didn’t win. There was about a 10-minute lull in the third period where we weren’t our best. But, sometimes we don’t give enough credit to the other team… They were better for that 10 and 12 minutes, and we didn’t stop them.
“... The whole was better than it was two nights earlier.” -Shark Talk
When the game ended, I felt the same way, and wasn’t sure why. Maybe I was still drunk from the Flyers win earlier. Or maybe it’s the surgeon’s logic: the operation was a success, but the patient died.
Good news from Sharks Ice: Nitty was on the ice this morning before practice. He wasn’t wearing pads but he was out there so that’s a good sign.
Not at practice were Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat. Since we did hear that Boyle was under the weather in the last couple of games, him being out today doesn’t worry me much. To prevent worry, I’m going to hope strongly that Havlat has caught the bug and isn’t missing for any other reason. Fingers crossed.
Four goals for the Sharks’ fourth win in a row, half-played without a fourth line.
It isn’t right to start by talking about the 4th line. The correct thing to do, I know, is say how the top lines were awesome and scored and the Sharks won. Yes, all that. And Nemo, lots of good things he did. He was unflappable as he often is. Well done. Yay top guys we expect so much from and hardly ever properly appreciate for doing amazing things like being super fast and crazy clever. They can be difference makers in the playoffs, but only if they get proper support, and I don’t mean applause or a meticulous laundry service. I mean effective play from the lower lines.
There’s a story about two joggers being chased by a bear. One stops to tie his shoes and the other asks “why are you doing that? You can’t outrun a bear.” The first replies “I don’t have to run outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.” The same goes for winning a game. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be better than the other guy.
I thought the Sharks game in Boston was their best of the season, but I use strange metrics. They had some messy meltdowns, but as a whole their game was more resilient and aggressive. Niemi looked miles better, until the third period. His own error behind the net resulted in the first goal that broke his shutout. The second Bruins goal was a cruel one. The Sharks, make that Boyle and Murray in particular, got tangled up and left their goalie all on his own while he was still trying to get over the first big failure. Not fair, that is no way to support your goalie in his time of need. Even after all that, Niemi still finished the game looking quicker than he did in New Jersey.
This morning, Pollak reported that Joe Thornton was clean-shaven for the early skate. It just so happens that, in trying to make sense of this nascent season, I had been rereading my entries from this week last year, and on October 21, 2010 I mentioned that the Sharks all looked very nice clean-shaven. They have not gotten so furry as the did during the 2010 early bad patch, but it made me say huh anyway. After Pavelski scored his tying goal, I noticed that his hair is very short now. Unless he shaved his head some weeks ago, he probably had it trimmed in the last week or so.
Little things like that, aside from providing fodder for obsessive observers, do actually have some significance. It’s like cleaning up your house, trimming things down, simplification. These are the easy things you can do to get your head in order. Snip snip, scrape scrape, and you feel like a new person. There is more to do, but you are probably better prepared to do it.
When I first saw that Benn Ferriero had been called up for the Sharks’ road trip, I worried that this meant Martin Havlat’s visit to the doctor had not gone well. After all, Ferriero was the Havlat placeholder for the majority of training camp. It might be safe to say he wasn’t used anywhere else but with Couture and Clowe on the second line.
Of course it is a relief to discover that Havlat will in fact be starting, that the trip to Cleveland went very well. Yay! Granted, there is no way he can live up to the hype this wait has generated but yay anyway.
So what the heck was Ferriero doing with the team yesterday, and, according to Kevin Kurz, practicing on the 4th line? Ferriero ended up on the 3rd line, but why would they even try him on the 4th? Once I start to worry a subject, I have to worry it to death.
Just because it seems like the thing to do these days, I’ll share my lineup guesses. Today could be the last chance to do that since tonight is the last exhibition game. Announcement of the final decisions are imminent, though there aren’t a lot of decisions left to make.
Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski, Clowe-Couture-Havlat, Wingels-Handzus-Mitchell, McGinn-Desjardins-A Murray, Ferriero, McCarthy.
Boyle-Murray, Burns-Vlasic, Demers-White, Vandermeer.
There, that’s what I guess the Sharks roster will look like come October. Why? The top six are self-evident (F and D), even if they get moved around a bit. The goalies? It sounds like Niemi will be just fine by the start of the season. If not, no biggie. He’ll be back and Greiss seems to be finding his groove.
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The announcement said there were 16 thousand people there Saturday night to watch the Sharks preseason game against the Coyotes. I thought that was a pretty good turnout.
When people say “don’t hurt yourself,” they usually mean you are slacking off, not putting forward your best effort. In the case of this preseason game, I would say there was some of that. But it really is critical to not hurt yourself, so I couldn’t decide if it bothered me that a few players were just not themselves. It’s still September, the team doesn’t need any more injuries. Besides, in a game they will happen, like it or not. For example:
@PollakOnSharks:...linesman just took puck where nobody wants to get hit by a puck. He’s persevering, but in obvious discomfort.
Ugh. So I’m not going to whine about players with nothing to gain from this game not seeming to over-extend themselves. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Brodie Brazil had a few things to say about how the Sharks’ top lines will look when the season starts:
Go ahead and ink in Joe Thornton, centering Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski. There’s San Jose’s top line to begin the season…it’s pretty clear to see Todd McLellan following that with Logan Couture, flanked by Ryane Clowe and Martin Havlat. -Sharks Talk
I must have missed the quote where McLellan says he’s sorted out the 3rd slots on the top lines and isn’t giving it another thought.
Sunday morning, Sharks Ice
I spent Saturday feeling like a rat in a kitchen, and I don’t mean an “ooh goody I found a bag of oatmeal next to this big wheel of cheese” happy rat. For the record, no one tried to stomp me, it was just a state of mind I get into when I’m in new situations. That level of crazy has subsided, partly because there is nothing scheduled that might involve me falling into a situation that is so insanely foreign to me that I start chewing on the walls. Another part of it is: they let me back in. I guess I didn’t break anything.
I’m sorry I don’t have a decent report from yesterday. I actually wrote a lot about that but it all boiled down to a drawn-out scream of “what am I doing here?” and had nothing to do with the Sharks. You can’t choose which part of the lake they throw you into, and you can’t learn to swim any faster for being thrown in the deep end. First time in the water, not drowning is a win.
Today it is almost like normal me being at practice, except that I don’t absolutely have to sit on the cold benches by the rink. I probably will go out there anyway, because not being able to hear the skating gives me the jitters. I ventured into the building without a coat. It’s like running around naked.