150129 – pregame Ducks @ Sharks 7pm

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The NHL is back from the All Star break. The Sharks will be the last team to return to play after the break. The Ducks played on Tuesday (in Vancouver); Andersen got his third career shut out in the 4-0 win.  (They landed in Oakland and spent the night there before busing down to SJ for practice.)

During the break, Mueller was in AHL on conditioning stint; Goodrow and Hertl were also sent down.  All three were recalled before practice Tuesday. (Demelo was not recalled as an 8th defenseman.)

Sharks also signed 20-year old Nikita Jevpalovs (from Riga, Latvia; same home town as Sandis Ozolinsh and Arturs Irbe) out of the QMJHL to an entry level deal.

Sharks Kennedy is out injured (from Tuesday practice) again — his fourth injury of the season; Wednesday afternoon a decision was still being made if a player would be called up. Update: Daniil Tarasov has been recalled; sounds like he could make NHL debut on Saturday.

Thursday’s game is kinda taking back stage to a 12:30 presser (should be streamed on sharks.nhl.com and theahl.com) where the anticipated announcement of movement of five AHL franchises to California is expected. AHL president, NHL deputy commissioner, and representatives from all five NHL franchises will be present.

Niemi, Bryzgalov probable starters.

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