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Sharks Blues Play With Playoff Implications

Sharks Blues Advantage
42-20-7 Record 36-28-5 Sharks
1st Pacific Div. Standing 4th Central  Sharks
7-2-1 Last 10 Games 5-5-0 Sharks
16.7% (25th) Power Play 22% (5th) Blues
82% (11th) Penalty Kill 84.1% (6th) Blues
192 (13th) Goals For 189 (T-15th) Sharks
158 (2nd) Goals Against 191 (T-15th) Sharks
+35 (7th) Goal Differential -2 (17th Sharks

And down the stretch we come!  13 games left for the Sharks as they head towards the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they take on the team they eliminated last year in the St. Louis Blues.

This has the potential of being a first round playoff matchup if the Blues catch the top Western Conference Wild Card, currently held by Edmonton.  Their four game winning streak ended  last night in a 2-1 loss to Anaheim, the Blues did not hold a morning skate and projected to have the same lineup in San Jose.  For Sharks fans, this Blues team looks different.  When the Sharks were shutout 4-0 back on January 14th, Ken Hitchcock was at the helm and Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on a power play goal.  Since the changes, St. Louis has been on a strong run that has them up four points on the Kings for the final spot in the West.

Expect former Sharks prospect goalie Carter Hutton to start tonight on the back end of back to backs.

For Team Teal, they continue their season long six game homestand where they are 3-1-0 and close in on their 19th playoff spot and 7th Pacific Division title in team history.  San Jose will start Aaron Dell who continues his strong play, and will start against a team in a playoff position for the first time in his career.  This test comes with a phenomenal 10-3-1 record and an impressive .938 goals against average.  Something the Dallas Stars wish they had in their nets.

The lineup is remaining the same as David Schlemko will miss his seventh straight game due to a lower body injury.  Dylan DeMelo has played sound defense in Schlemko’s absence.    As for the entire lineup, the guys in Black Armor will roll with this:

Hansen – Thornton – Pavelski
Marleau – Couture – Ward
Donskoi – Hertl – Boedker
Haley – Tierney – Sorensen

Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – DeMelo


About Erik Kuhre

A Finatic since day one, Erik is the Lead Editor, Graphic Designer, and Social Media Director for Pucknology. He is also host, of the only tweet-in Sharks postgame show, Pucknology After Dark. "Puckguy" is the creator of the hashtag #SharksFam and the #SharksTweetup, a special meetup prior to a Sharks home game, once a year, of many Sharks fans who converse together through Twitter. He has also been recognized by the Sharks organization as their Honorary Team Captain in 1993-94, along with the team's "7th Man" in 2003-04, as well as a finalist for the NHL's "7th Man" in 2004.

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