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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 did not make the trip to Arizona after taking a hard hit from Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau on Friday night.
Impact: Hannan's status for the postseason has not been announced.
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.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi will start Saturday's game against the Predators, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Niemi gets a third straight start, after picking up a nice 2-1 win over the Kings on Thursday. He'll almost certainly be back in net for the next game, as the Sharks get three days off before facing the Ducks on Wednesday. Anaheim has a one-point lead over San Jose in the Pacific Division, albeit with a game in hand.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres (soreness) will not play in Saturday's game against the Predators, David Pollak of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Torres will sit out again as he deals with lingering soreness, which is believed to be primarily in his knee. While Torres will sit out Saturday, he could return to action next Wednesday against the Ducks.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marleau had an assist, a plus-1 rating, two shots and six hits over 20:10 of ice time in Thursday's win over Los Angeles.
Impact: Marleau has smated more than 20 minutes in four straight games, and it's no wonder, considering he's got 32 goals and 35 assists this season.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton had an assist and two shots in Thursday's win over the Kings.
Impact: His 64th assist of the season, it moved Thornton's current point streak to a modest three games.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyle had an assist, two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in Thursday's win over the Kings.
Impact: That assist brings Boyle's point streak to six games. He's got three goals and three assists over that stretch -- a welcome change for owners who have weathered this season's slumps.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture scored the game-winner on one of his five shots Thursday against the Kings.
Impact: That's 21 goals on the season for Couture, whose season total has suffered due to injury and a painful December slump.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wingels had an assist and 10 hits in a win over the Kings on Thursday.
Impact: After a 10-game point drought Wingels has points in back-to-back games, which has coincided with his move up to Logan Couture's second line. Despite a slight dip in offensive totals, Wingels could finish strong. Plus, he's piling up the hits.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns scored his 23rd goal on a power play in Thursday's 2-1 win over Los Angeles.
Impact: He's on a five-game point streak now, with a shiny seven points (three goals, four assists) in that span. Six of those points have come on the power play, and as a result Burns is actually minus-3 over that stretch.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi stopped 26 of 27 shots in Thursday's win over the visiting Kings.
Impact: Thursday's effort was Niemi's 38th win, which now has him in sole possession of the second-most victories in the NHL, one behind Colorado's Semyon Varlamov. Niemi's been pulling up his numbers over hte last month as he tries to end this up-and-down regular season on a high note.
Thu. Apr 3, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi is slated to start Thursday's game against the Kings, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Niemi, who has split his last six decisions for the Sharks, will square off against a Los Angeles team that will be playing in back-to-back contests after blanking the Coyotes 4-0 on Wednesday.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl practiced without his usual orange non-contact jersey Wednesday for the first time since suffering his knee injury, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Head coach Todd McLellan said after practice that losing the non-contact jersey was one of several steps Hertl needs to complete before receiving clearance to return to the Sharks' lineup. Things would seem to be looking up for Hertl, but it still seems doubtful that he'll return this season.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Demers (illness) returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Oilers, logging 16:58 of ice time.
Impact: Demers finished the night with an assist, two penalty minutes, two hits and a blocked shot. He had previously missed Saturday's game against the Sharks with the illness.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi allowed four goals on 29 shots in Tuesday's win over the Oilers.
Impact: Not the sort of fantasy line you'd like to see an elite-type goalie post against Edmonton, but hey, a win's a win, even if that's consecutive four-goal outings for Niemi. In fact, since his 41-save shutout of the Rangers back on March 16, he's allowed 17 goals in six games, finishing with a sub-.900 save mark in four of those contests.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski had an assist and a pair of shots during 22:02 of playing time in Tuesday's win over the Oilers.
Impact: Pavelski's now got a four-game point streak going, silencing everyone who'd criticized his boom-or-bust scoring since the Olympic break. He has four goals and three assists in those four games.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Desjardins opened the scoring in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
Impact: That's Desjardins' third goal of the year and first point in 12 games. You can't count on him for consistent offensive production, which means the only reason to own him in fantasy is his 86 PIM.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marleau scored on one of his five shots through 24:15 of playing time in Tuesday's come-from-behind win over the Oilers.
Impact: That's Marleau's 32nd goal of the season, good for 10th in the league. With 66 points on the season, it's clear that age has still not caught up with Pattie.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton had two assists in a 5-4 win over the Oilers on Tuesday.
Impact: Jumbo Joe keeps putting the helpers on the board. He's at 63 on the season now, the second-highest total in the league.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyle recorded a goal, an assist, a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and four shots in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
Impact: Boyle has been on fire. He has goals in three straight and points in five straight, with three goals and three assists over that five-game stretch.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wingels had a goal on one of two shots in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
Impact: Wingels' breakout has been a key to San Jose's success, as he has provided a physical presence and depth scoring. However, after a fantastic stretch from January through early March, he hadn't recorded a point in 10 games before Tuesday. While he's been providing a lot of hits and generally solid minutes, it's good to see him on the scoresheet again.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kennedy had an assist and a single shot in 8:19 of playing time in Tuesday's win over Edmonton.
Impact: That snaps Kennedy's recent slump of nine games without a point. Things have been ugly for Kennedy in 2014, as he has just two assists in the last 17 games and hasn't scored a goal in 19. With stats like those, it's not surprising that he's also found himself a healthy scratch a number of times.
Wed. Apr 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns had a goal, an assist, four penalty minutes and three shots in Tuesday's win over the Oilers.
Impact: With those two points, Burns extended his point streak to four games. He has two goals and four assists in that span, as well as an average of 4.25 shots per game and a minus-3 rating.
Sat. Mar 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Demers is dealing with an illness and won't play Saturday.
Impact: It's unclear how much time Demers is expected to miss.