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Sharks had the second successful coach’s challenge this year against Chicago, denying former Shark Mashinter the only puck that got past Jones. Jones had 33 saves for his shutout win.  Marleau scored the first (and game winning) goal, with Thornton getting the insurance ENG. 2-2 on four game road trip is much nicer than 1-3.  That was the first game a healthy Sharks lineup faced the Hawks this season, but Dillon left the game after two shifts in the first period with an upper body injury and did not return.

Meanwhile, in Calgary, three top players were late to practice on Monday, so were scratches for Tuesday’s game, a 4-3 victory with 11 F and 7 D dressed. On Wednesday, the three sheepishly apologized. They have another distraction on Wednesday, with Wideman facing Bettman for his appeal of the 20-game suspension for cross checking linesman (appeal decision could take a while). This is the start of the Flames’ Dad’s trip for the season.

The Sharks PK has been successful 16 of the last 17 man disadvantages.

Update: Stalock in net for Sharks.  Dillon out; Tennyson in.  Mueller recalled.

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And after losing two in SoCal last week, the Barracuda hope to turn the tables as they host the Reign in NorCal.  The Reign have a 8-0-1-0 record on the line in San Jose.

The Barracuda arrived home early Sunday.  Got on the ice for practice on Monday and Tuesday.

The Barracuda are hoping to (finally) get that 637th win for Coach Sommer, at home, against the best team in the league.  Torres expected to make his Barracuda home debut.

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Dell in nets.  Made 50 saves (52 SOG).  Goals from Lerg, Young, Goodrow and Smith.  Barracuda were 2 for 3 on PP, and notched insurance goal short handed.

So, FINALLY, Coach Roy Sommer notches win 637, setting new AHL wins mark that had stood for 72 years.

Reign lost Gravel and Budaj to call ups; emergency 34 year-old goalie backed up.  Houser starting. And even congratulated Sommer on his record.

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Sharks played OK in Nashville, but Jones could not keep the put out of the net.  2-6. Thornton notched his 200th goal with the Sharks; Couture had the other.  Both were PPGs. In his 400th game, Couture, had a goal and assist for his 300th points.

Crawford starting for Hawks. Hawks return home for four-game homestand, looking to sweep Sharks for season series. Kruger out for rest of (regular) season with wrist injury.

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Sharks and Blues were without a goal in the first, but the Sharks scored two in the second, and an insurance goal in the third, to take the game 3-1. Shot blocking mentioned as one of the reasons the Sharks won.

Sharks continue their road trip in Nashville. This is their second meeting of the season; the Sharks fell 1-2 at SAP Center earlier this season.

Nashville is looking for their first home victory of the month and have lost their first two games of the month, including giving up six goals to Philadelphia on Thursday (defense, more than goal tender was blamed).  Ribeiro will be playing his 1000th game.  Rinne is 9-5-4 in his career against the Sharks. They’ve tried many combinations but have not found a good option for left win on the top line.

My guess is that it’ll be Jones vs Rinne.

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The Barracuda get back at it after the ASG, finishing their road trip with a couple of back-to-back games in Ontario.  Tonight is the Reign’s “Pink in the Rink” celebration.

To summarize the recent AHL player movement… Jevpalovs was assigned to ECHL Allen for a couple of games last weekend; now recalled.  Torres cleared waivers and has been assigned to the Barracuda (he’s looking to get back on track with this AHL stint).  Pinkston recalled from ECHL Allen.

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Dell in net.  Barracuda managed 4 shots in first, one in second. A respectable number of shots in third, but the team was shut out.  0-1 loss.

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Sharks lost a one goal game, breaking their point streak and winning streak.  But the rust should be off and the desire turned up for their next game.

They’re traveling into St Louis, for their first trip this season.  (And the second, and final, trip of the season is later this month.)

The Blues won in Nashville (1-0) on Tuesday.  Schwartz continues to rehab from broken ankle, but won’t be available for Thursday’s game.  Paajarvi returned to play on Tuesday. G Elliot has been playing in the zone.

Guessing it’ll be Jones vs Elliot.