150329 – postgame Sharks @ Penguins

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Sharks manage to get one point to get a 3-3-1 record on this road trip.  But they were not able to get more than one past the #2 PK, even with a number of advantages, including a double minor in OT; and got no goals behind Fluery in the shootout.

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  • Video: Brian Engblom takes a puck to the head

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150329 – pregame Sharks @ Penguins 4:30pm

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Niemi expected to start. Mueller out, Vlasic out, Hannan may be in lineup (someone(s) getting recalled for this game).  Fluery expected to start for the Penguins (after Greiss started Saturday).

UPDATE : Stalock announces he’s starting tonight. (Niemi a bit under the weather.) Fedun recalled.

Pittsburgh’s Letang was sent to the hospital after being hit into the boards by Coyotes’ Doan; overnight stay.  (Have to think he’s doutbful for Sunday’s game.) Malkin returned from injury Saturday. Update – Letang out with concussion.

And a bit of a recap of Saturday’s matinee: Sharks lost two D through the course of the game (I’m expecting some recalls for Sunday). But the team prevailed in the SO to win.

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150328 – pregame Sharks @ Flyers 10am

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Starting time is earliest for the Sharks this season.  1pm ET = 10am PT.  Will allow for more travel and recovery time before Sunday’s evening game.

Stalock starting. Mueller out (upper body).

Posting extra early due to early start (and will update).

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150326 – postgame Sharks @ Red Wings

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A win is a win, is a win.

So, on the night the Rangers became the first team to clinch a playoff berth, the Sharks kept the wolves at bay to be out of the playoffs.

Marleau had two goals and an assist, named #1 SOTG.

But, the Sharks had some really weird bounces go past Niemi.

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Cornell’s Joakim Ryan signs contract with NHL’s Sharks

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The 2014-15 season is SOOOO different than 2002-03

My $0.02

The 2014-15 season is so very different from 02-03 (the last time the Sharks missed the playoffs).

First, we’re in the cap era now. (Back then you could “buy” your way out of trouble.) All kinds of contract management now that wasn’t even considered then.

Second, Shark defenseman Gary Suter announced his retirement in the summer of 2002. Arguably a much bigger loss than Boyle not re-signed this past summer.

Third, the team was “out” of the playoffs by Thanksgiving. (Head coach Darryl Sutter was fired the last week of November)

Similarly to this season, the Sharks did not do a lot of signing from the UFA market (unless you consider re-signing Selanne).

Looking at the 2002-03 roster:

  • No player with “double digit” +/- positive rating.
  • Sharks had not one “full time” D man with a + rating in 2002-2003 (Davison was the lone plus rating  — +4 in 15 games). Rathje was blueline-worse at -19. (That season, the team started with “Rat and Rags”, as arguably the top defensive pair, but Ragnarson was traded for McGillis — who didn’t even last the season.)
  • Selanne (28+36=64, -6), Damphousse (23+38=61, -13), Marleau (28+29=57, -10) were the only players with 50+ points on the season.

Sharks prospects in CHL playoffs (QMJHL, OHL, WHL) – round 1

QMJHL playoff preview | scores

2. Moncton vs. 15. Chicoutimi (Boudreau)
G1 March 26: 2-4 loss; Boudreau had an assist | AP recap
G2 March 29: 3-2 win; Boudreau with another assist | NHL recap
G3 April 1
G4 April 2
*G5 April 4
*G6 April 6
*G7 April 7

3. Blainville-Boisbriand (Jevpalovs) vs. 14. Gatineau
G1 March 27: 1-4 loss; Jevpalovs did not play
G2 March 28: 4-1 win; Jepalovs #1 SOTG; on the ice for all 4 goals
G3 March 31
G4 April 1
*G5 April 3
*G6 April 5
*G7 April 7

8. Sherbrooke (Vanier) vs. 9. Charlottetown
G1 March 27: 1-8 loss; Vanier did not play
G2 March 28: 7-3 win; Vanier did not play
G3 March 30
G4 April 1
*G5 April 3
*G6 April 4
*G7 April 7

OHL preview east | west | schedule/scores

E2. Barrie (Labanc) vs. E7. Belleville
G1 March 26: 3-2 win; Labanc -1, 2 PIM
G2 March 30
G3 April 1
G4 April 2
*G5 April 4
*G6 April 6
*G7 April 7

W1. Sault Ste. Marie vs. W8. Saginaw (Sadowy) | preview
G1 March 27: 1-5 loss; Sadowy -2
G2 March 28: 2-8 loss; Sadowy -1
G3 March 31
G4 April 2
*G5 April 3
*G6 April 5
*G7 April 7

W3. London (Bergman) vs. W6. Kitchener
G1 March 27 | preview | 3-1 win
G2 March 29: 6-2 win; Bergman goal, +3 | recaps: CP
G3 March 31
G4 April 2
*G5 April 3
*G6 April 5
*G7 April 7

WHL preview | schedule/scores

BC1. Kelowna (Chartier) vs. WC2. Tri-City
G1 March 27: 6-0 win; Chartier with 2G, 1A, +3
G2 March 28: 3-0 win; Chartier even
G3 March 31
G4 April 1
*G5 April 3
*G6 April 4
*G7 April 7

US2. Portland (Schoenborn) vs. US3. Seattle
G1 March 28: 3-4 loss; Schoenborn -1
G2 March 29: 3-0 win
G3 March 31
G4 April 2
*G5 April 4
*G6 April 7
*G7 April 8