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Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski scored a goal and added two assists against the Kings in a Game 2 win on Sunday.
Impact: Pavelski has four points in these playoffs after a career best regular season that saw him score 41 goals and 79 points.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With no lineup changes for Game 2, it looks like Havlat will again be a healthy scratch for the Sharks, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Impact: Havlat finished a tough season fairly strong and is likely to be the first forward brought in if a lineup change is necessary. But there's no reason to change anything after a strong Game 1 performance from the Sharks. As long as they keep winning, Havlat may continue to be scratched.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With the team reporting no lineup changes for Game 2, it looks like Kennedy will be a healthy scratch again, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Impact: Kennedy's season-long struggles are taking precedent over his playoff experience. Kennedy, short of some bad play by a bottom six forward or an injury, may be hard pressed to find playing time in round one.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: There wasn't much question if he'd play two straight, but it's now confirmed that Torres will play for the Sharks in Game 2, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Impact: Torres scored the game-winner in Game 1, his return after some knee soreness. He's barely played this season, but when he has, he's been excellent. The only thing to be wary of is his playing time. The Sharks are being cautious with his knee. They expect a long playoff run and want Torres healthy throughout. With Torres getting under ten minutes per game, it may be hard for him to keep up the productivity we've seen thus far.
Apr 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi will get the net for Game 2, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Impact: Niemi will get the start after stopping 31 of 34 for the win in Game 1. Expect him to start every game for the Sharks until LA finds a way to expose him. If that happens there may be a change as backup Alex Stalock has played strong all season.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Hertl made an impressive playoff debut for the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night with a goal and an assist against the same Los Angeles Kings team that almost ended his season.
Impact: With 52 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series. Hertl hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 12 against the Minnesota Wild, one week before he took a knee-on-knee hit from Kings captain Dustin Brown, damaging two ligaments. Hertl underwent surgery on Dec. 31 and missed the next 45 games.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kennedy was a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Kings.
Impact: Kennedy has struggled all season, failing to provide the offensive depth the Sharks were looking for. In 67 games, he scored four goals and had 17 total points. While he has good playoff experience, it seems unlikely that Kennedy will get a lot of playing time in what is likely to be a very physical series.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Havlat was a healthy scratch in Game 1 for the Sharks.
Impact: Havlat has 21 goals and 31 assists through 74 career playoff games. Solid totals, but the team is looking for the opening-round series against the Kings to be physical and he may get scratched for Mike Brown with some regularity if the series proves as physical as Game 1 did. The teams combined for 121 hits in the opening game.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski had an assist, two shots, and 19:34 of ice time in a Game 1 win over the Kings.
Impact: Don't be surprised to see Pavs contribute almost every night. He's coming off the best regular season performance of his career and has shown he can come up big when it matters. He had four goals and eight assists through 11 games in last year's postseason.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marleau scored on one of two shots and played 19:38 in the Sharks' Game 1 victory over the Kings.
Impact: Marleau tallied eight points in 11 games during last season's playoffs. He has the ability to turn it on when it matters most. Expect more of the same from him this series.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sheppard had two assists, two penalty minutes, and a minus-1 rating in Thursday's Game 1 win over Los Angeles.
Impact: Sheppard ended the season as hot as he's been since coming to the Sharks after the 2009-10 season. He proved on Thursday that his production might not be a fluke. In 17 previous postseason tilts he had just one assist and no goals.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown was given the nod over Martin Havlat for Game 1 on Thursday and he responded by getting an assist in the win over the Kings.
Impact: In what is sure to be a very physical series, Brown may get the nod more often than initially expected. He only played 8:57 — and it's not likely he'll get more than that when he's in the lineup — but added three hits, two penalty minutes, and two blocked shots on top of his assist and single shot.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton scored on one of four shots in Thursday's Game 1 match against the Kings.
Impact: Thornton continued an impressive season by repeatedly being a factor in the game. The veteran first line center enters the postseason with 125 games of playoff experience, tallying 22 goals and 75 assists in his playoff career.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vlasic recorded a goal and an assist through 18:50 of ice time in a Game 1 win over the Kings on Thursday.
Impact: Vlasic also added five shots and was a big factor defensively for the Sharks as they took Game 1. It's an impressive start for Vlasic, who has always been a talent, but bloomed this year. In 79 previous playoff games he had one goal and 10 assists.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nieto had an assist and three shots in the Game 1 win over the Kings on Thursday.
Impact: Nieto had an impressive first postseason outing, adding five hits in his playoff debut.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns had a goal and an assist in a Game 1 win over Los Angeles on Thursday.
Impact: Burns had a great opener, adding five shots and six hits to his two-point night.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres (knee soreness) scored the game-winning goal in his return to the ice for Thursday's Game 1 against the Kings.
Impact: It was hardly a climactic game-winner, as it gave the Sharks a 4-0 lead in a game they would ultimately win 6-3. Torres was also quite active defensively, logging a team-high seven hits in his 8:42 of ice time.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl scored a goal and added an assist Thursday against the Kings in his first-ever NHL playoff game. He went minus-1 and put five shots on goal.
Impact: A heck of a debut for Hertl, who skated just 12:15 in the contest. If he keeps going like this, he's going to have to be bumped up into the top six, and soon.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi was named the starter for Thursday's Game 1 against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Coach Todd McLellan declined to name his starting goalie at Wednesday's practice, but as expected, Niemi was the first off the ice at Thursday's morning skate and will get the nod. Despite the emergence of Alex Stalock as one of the NHL's better backups this season, Niemi has put together another nice season for the Sharks. He carries a 39-17-7 record, 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage into Thursday's contest.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres (knee soreness) will play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: After missing the first five months of the regular season following knee surgery, Torres only played in five games out of the Olympic break before soreness in the knee resurfaced. After taking the rest of the regular season to rest up, he increased his activity this week and looks set to play on the fourth line Thursday.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While the Sharks have not named their starting goalie for Thursday's playoff opener against the Kings, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com suggests that Niemi is probably the better bet to get the nod.
Impact: The report points out that Niemi -- who started five of the Sharks' last six games -- worked during special teams practice Wednesday, during which time fellow goalie Alex Stalock worked with some of the team's the lower profile players. We'll seek additional clarity on the situation after Thursday's morning skate.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nieto has been recalled by the Sharks in advance of their playoff series with the Kings, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Nieto skated on the second line at Tuesday's practice, alongside Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. He's shown some promise during his 66-game stint with the Sharks this season, scoring 10 goals and adding 14 assists.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi is not yet sure who will be between the pipes for the Sharks in Game 1 of their series with the Kings, according to CSN Bay Area.
Impact: It appears that we're not the only ones in the dark about whom coach Todd McLellan will choose to start. Neither Niemi or Alex Stalock have been notified, and no one expects to know until Thursday after morning skate.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Sharks' series with the Kings, according to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News.
Impact: Torres said he was feeling better at Tuesday's practice, but neither he nor coach Todd McLellan would tip their hand on his status for Thursday's game.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: After practicing at full speed Monday, Hannan (upper body) said he'll be available for Game 1 of the Sharks' first-round playoff series against the Kings, Curtis Pashelka of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Hannan took a hit to the head in Friday's game against the Avalanche and was quickly ruled out of Saturday's regular-season finale against the Coyotes. Though he practiced fully Monday, it wasn't as a part of one of the Sharks' top three defensive pairings, a sign he could be a scratch for Game 1.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hannan returned to practice on Monday, after missing Saturday's game with an upper body injury, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Impact: No word on whether he'll be available for Game 1 of the Sharks' playoff series, but he's practicing as though he will be.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tennyson has been recalled by the Sharks on Monday.
Impact: Tennyson has seven goals and 14 assists for AHL Worcester this season. He made four appearance in the NHL last season, but did not appear in the 2013-14 season.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl returned from injury for the final two games of the season.
Impact: That's big for the Sharks and gives fantasy owners a nice dark horse for some playoff productivity. However, Hertl didn't do much in his first two games back -- he had no points and four shots in those games while playing more than 15 minutes per game. It's tough to know how he'll perform in his first playoff appearance, as Hertl's a rookie and has been out most of the season -- though he's certainly shown he has the potential to be an impact player.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Pavelski capped his season with his ninth multigoal performance, scoring his 40th and 41st goals in Saturday's win over Phoenix.
Impact: Pavelski, who finished with a career-best 79 points to lead the Sharks, entered 2013-14 with 19 multigoal games over seven seasons.
Sun. Apr 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Hannan played 17 minutes in his return for the Game 1 of the playoffs Thursday.
Impact: Hannan's status for the postseason had been uncertain after taking a hard hit late in the regular season.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres, who has been out with soreness in his surgically repaired knee since March 8, could be ready to go for Game 1 against the Kings, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Impact: This would be big for the Sharks, who could use the size against a tough LA team. Torres played in just five games this season, but did total three goals and two assists in very limited playing time. If healthy, he could be a factor in the first round of the playoffs.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns had an assist in Saturday's season finale against the Coyotes.
Impact: That caps off a career year for Burns, who finished with career-high totals in goals (22), points (48), plus-minus (plus-26) and shots (245). He's likely a forward for good, and expectations for next season should be adjusted. He'll be looking to buck a history of mild playoff performances this coming week.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi finished the regular season by stopping 30 of 32 Phoenix shots in a win on Saturday.
Impact: A good way to end the season for Niemi, who has struggled in stretches this season, leaving some question as to who the Sharks would start in net for the playoffs. Despite strong play from rookie Alex Stalock, it's likely to be Niemi's net to lose. Though coach McLellan did say: "We think we have two goaltenders who can play. We'll be prepared to use both of them if we need to."
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyle picked up two assists in Saturday's win over Phoenix. He ended the season with at least one point in eight of his last 10 games and nine points (four goals, five assists) in that span.
Impact: That late-season push brought his season total to 36 points, one of his lowest full-season totals of his career. He's 37 and on the downside of his career, but he'll be instrumental to the Sharks' success this postseason. Just don't overestimate his value for the 2014-15 draft.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski scored two goals in Saturday's win over Phoenix. He finished the season with new career marks in goals (41), points (79) and plus-minus (plus-23).
Impact: Wow, wow, WOW. Little Joe has put the Sharks on his back this season and in doing so became just the fourth player in Sharks' history to hit the 40-goal mark.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hannan (upper body) is out for Saturday's game against the Coyotes, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Hannan suffered the injury during Friday's game, and it's unclear whether he's expected to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Marleau had a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-1 win over Colorado.
Impact: Marleau's 70 points are his most since posting 73 in 2010-11.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Havlat recorded his first hat trick in nearly nine years, and the San Jose Sharks prevented Colorado from clinching the Central Division title with a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Friday night.
Impact: Havlat finished with a career high-tying four points. He has just 22 in 47 games on the season.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Stalock made 32 saves in Friday's 5-1 win over Colorado.
Impact: Stalock went 4-1-1 with a 1.30 GAA at home this season.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi will be in net for the Sharks on Saturday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Niemi will take his usual spot in net for the season finale. The netminder has been struggling as of late, recording a save percentage below .900 in four of the past five contests, but will look to turn things around Saturday for the Sharks' playoff run.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kearns had an assist and no shots through 12:35 of ice time in Friday's win over the Avalanche.
Impact: That's his first point since being recalled this time and ends a 15-game pointless streak for Kearns.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marleau had a goal and an assist in Friday's 5-1 demolition of the Avalanche.
Impact: Marleau finished with a plus-3 rating on the night and was credited with the game-winning goal, his fourth of the season. Even though Marleau and center Logan Couture had to reintegrate Tomas Hertl back on their line Friday after he returned from a four-month absence, the transition proved to be seamless.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture dished out three assists and finished with a plus-4 rating in Friday's 5-1 romp over the Avalanche.
Impact: The three assists and plus-4 rating tied Couture's previous season-best in both categories. He's supplied three goals and three assists in his last seven games and should continue to remain an excellent source of points with Tomas Hertl (knee) returning to action Friday on his second line.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock recorded his 12th win of the season Friday, as the Sharks dominated the Avs at SAP Center, 5-1
Impact: After playing in just three NHL games in the last four years, Stalock has proved to be a capable backup to workhorse Antti Niemi in 2013-14. The 2005 fourth-round pick now has a respectable 12-5-2 record to go along with a .932 GAA and solid 1.87 save percentage this season, and he's definitely instilled confidence into the Sharks' brass to use him should Niemi falter in the playoffs.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyle scored his 12th goal of the season in Friday's 5-1 rout of the visiting Avalanche.
Impact: After frustrating fantasy owners to no end by failing to find the back of the net in 29 straight contests, Boyle has turned things around with four goals in his last seven games. The 37-year-old's 34 points and minus-9 rating are his worst in five full seasons with the Sharks, but he's looked much better of late after playing through a thumb injury earlier in the year.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Havlat scored three third-period goals in a 9:38 span Friday, as San Jose routed the Avs 5-1 at the Shark Tank.
Impact: The former 77-point Czech has been a colossal bust since donning the teal, white and black, managing just 66 points in 126 games for the Sharks. However, his sixth-career hat trick gives him 12 goals on the season -- the most since 2010-11 when he banged home 22 with Minnesota -- and serves as a reminder for the Kings in Round 1 of the playoffs as to what the 32-year-old is capable of. Like any late-season flash of offensive upside, go ahead and file Marty's performance away for the later rounds of next year's draft. If he manages to stay healthy and gets an assignment with some decent linemates, he has the pedigree to turn heads.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hannan left Friday's game against the Avalanche with an apparent injury, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: Hannan appeared to take a high hit from Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau in the first period and didn't come out for the second. The defenseman previously dealt with a concussion a few months ago, and it's very possible he may have sustained another blow to the head. We should find out more about his status heading into the playoffs.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nieto was reassigned to ECHL Ontario on Friday, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: It sounds like Nieto was simply reassigned to facilitate roster space for Tomas Hertl's (knee) return from injured reserve. Though Nieto won't be available for Saturday's regular season finale, he'll rejoin the Sharks for the playoffs.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vlasic will not play in Friday's game.
Impact: It sounds like Vlasic will get a rest to head into the playoffs ready to go.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock will start on Friday for the Sharks, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Impact: Stalock came into Thursday's game to relieve Antti Niemi, who has a save percentage of under .900 in four of his last five games. No indication whether this start has ramifications outside of just this one game for the goaltending situation in San Jose.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl (knee) will play in Friday's game against the Avalanche, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Hertl has been sidelined since Dec. 19, but he was medically cleared by two doctors to resume playing, and he will take the ice Friday night. Hertl's return should give a slumping Sharks offense a boost, as he tallied 15 goals and 10 assists in 35 games earlier this season.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl (knee) could return to the lineup for one of the final two regular season games, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Hertl set the league abuzz in his third career game with a four-goal performance against the Rangers, and was viewed as the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy before suffering what was thought to be a season-ending knee injury in December. The 20-year-old has recovered faster than expected, resuming skating in late February and returning to practice last week. He'll need final medical approval before suiting up in any games over the weekend, but he's at least expected to be available for the start of the Sharks' playoff series next week with the Kings. While Hertl's extended absence may force him to settle for limited minutes initially upon returning, his return undoubtedly provides an offensive boost for San Jose.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Demers scored the opening goal in Wednesday's loss to Anaheim.
Impact: That's his fifth goal of the year, a career best. He's also hit career highs in assists, points and PIM, and is likely to set a high mark in shots as well. He's not Erik Karlsson suddenly, but it's time to adjust your expectations for Demers for next season.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture scored his 22nd goal of the year in Wednesday's loss to Anaheim.
Impact: Couture has had a streaky year plagued by injury and an 11-game goal drought in December. He's had hot streaks too, but he hasn't found that next gear at the end of the season. He has a modest three goals in the last 10 games.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski had an assist and four shots during 22:49 of ice time in a loss to Anaheim on Wednesday.
Impact: It wasn't a banner night for Pavs, but he continues to accumulate points. His 77 on the season are eighth-best in the league. Over the last seven games, Pavelski has five goals and five assists.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Braun had five hits and four blocked shots through 18:09 of ice time in Wednesday's loss to the Ducks.
Impact: Braun has been inconsistent most of the season, but he can play a good physical game and is never scared to put his body in front of the shot.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi was pulled halfway through Wednesday's game after letting in three goals on 19 shots against Anaheim.
Impact: With the loss, the Sharks allowed Anaheim to clinch the Pacific Division. Niemi has now finished with a save percentage under .900 in four of the last five games. The Sharks are still finding ways to win, but Niemi is trending in the wrong direction.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock stopped nine of 10 after coming in to relieve Antti Niemi in Wednesday's loss to Anaheim.
Impact: If you had Stalock in your lineup, you got a nice boost from him playing 30:10 of Wednesday's game, but don't bet on seeing much of him again until next season. That is, unless Niemi collapses completely or suffers an injury.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi will man the net Wednesday against the Ducks, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: The Sharks are nipping on the heels of the sinking Ducks for the top spot in the Pacific Division, so it's without much surprise that they'll turn to their top goalie in this one. Niemi hasn't been playing his best over his last couple of outings, but the Ducks have even greater question marks in their own goal with Jonas Hiller, who is just 4-4-3 with a 3.01 GAA and .889 save percentage since the Olympic break.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kearns has been recalled from AHL Worcester on Tuesday.
Impact: Kearns had three goals, an assist, and six penalty minutes in 22 minutes with the Sharks earlier this season.
Apr 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi allowed three goals on 24 shots (.875) in a demoralizing 3-0 home loss to the Predators on Saturday.
Impact: Niemi's had what you'd call a good night only once in his past four starts, and he might be seeing Alex Stalock a bit closer in the rear-view mirror.