150326 – pregame Sharks @ Red Wings 4:30pm

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So, the Sharks have about 1% chance of making the playoffs (they’ll have to run the tables AND have help from other teams).  Low, low, probability.  Team is not just “playing out the string” as some have jobs/new contracts to play for (either with the Sharks or their next team).  But the team will have to find the motivation to play for something other than making the post season.

And there’s the possibility of the Sharks being able to upset the Kings’ playoff hopes in the last game of the season.

Sharks are coming off a loss that all but put the final nail in their coffin for NHL playoffs hopes. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are still in the playoff chase for their twenty-third straight season, but lost to the cellar-dwelling Arizona Coyotes in OT.

Sharks have Torres (LTIR) and Brown (IR) on the shelf. While Brown hoped to be able to get back in the lineup on this road tripo, the Sharks might just shut him down for the season, with playoff hopes so low.

Wings have their own list of walking wounded. Cole, Franzen are out. Datsyuk, Kronwall may return from lower body injury. (Update: Datsyuk not taking line rushes, so still out)

Howard starting for Wings. Niemi for the Sharks.

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150323 – pregame Sharks @ Senators 4:30pm

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The Sharks will be facing another hot goalie tonight, the Hamburglar.  He shut the Sharks out in SJ 2/28.

Former Shark Milan Michalek did not take morning skate for the Senators.

A win tonight puts the Senators in a playoff position.  If the Sharks win, they keep their playoff hopes for another day.

Congrats to Worcester Shark captain Bryan Lerg, named AHL POTW.  And Dan Ciampini signed to AHL SPC (from ATO) for the rest of the season.

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Sharks draftees in NCAA 2015 ice hockey championship – preliminaries

Here‘s the NCAA (printable) bracket break down for the 2015 tourney.

THN with top four players to watch on each team (only Watson noted of Sharks prospects.

Sharks prospects in the tourney include (times PT):

  • MSU-Mankato: Max Gaede
    First game: 3/28 1pm on ESPNU (channel 788 on my cable system) – eliminated
  • Harvard: Colin Blackwell
    First game 3/28 4:30pm on ESPN3 – eliminated
  • Boston University: Dan O’Reagan
    First game 3/27 11am ESPNU – O’Reagan with OT GWG | recaps: NBC/PHTNHLHEWCHTHN (with video)
    Game 2: 3/28 2:30 ESPN2 – won | recaps: NHLSportsnet.ca
  • Minnesota: Michael Brodzinski
    First game 3/27 2:30pm ESPNU (delayed start about 30 minutes) – eliminated
  • Miami (Ohio): Sean Kuraly
    First game 3/28 3:30pm ESPNU – eliminated
  • North Dakota: Gage Ausmus
    First game 3/27 5pm ESPNU |recaps: NHLNBC/PHT
    Game 2: 3/28 6pm ESPU – won | recaps: NHL
  • Michigan Tech: Cliff Watson
    First game 3/27 1:30p ESPN3 – eliminated (2-3 OT loss)

Second game in the tourney (regional final) is usually the day after the opening game.

Boston University and North Dakota will meet each other in the Frozen Four semi-final.  All other Shark-draftee teams have been eliminated from the tourney.

Frozen Four semi-finals are April 9, and final is April 11 (with the Hobey Baker award, etc., announced April 10).  These three games will be on ESPN2 and ESPN.

150321- postgame Sharks @ Canadiens

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Sigh.  The Sharks desperation was not able to overcome a Vezina candidate, with the home town crowd encouraging him.  (And his dad in town for back-to-back shutouts.)

But Niemi only gave up one.

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150321 – pregame Sharks @ Canadiens 4pm PT

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Sharks are coming off their win in Toronto, Canadiens a win in Carolina.

Habs would like to have a different outcome from the shutout they suffered in California at the Sharks’ hands.

Sharks had an optional skate on Friday.

My guess is it’ll be Niemi vs Price in nets.

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150319 – postgame Sharks @ Maple Leafs

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Joe Thornton notched his 900th career assist.

And the Sharks played with enough desperation to make the Maple Leafs look like a junior team playing against them.

Hope continues.

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