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Posted On Saturday, 12.20.2014 / 5:21 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Sharks

SAN JOSE - If familiarity truly breeds contempt, then the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues are headed for some heated confrontations.

The Sharks and Blues play each other three times in a nine-game span starting Saturday at SAP Center.

"In that sense it makes it feel like a playoff type atmosphere when you get to see a team that often," Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "You're going to have to make adjustments right on the hop and adjust to everyone's game. It's kind of fun because you get to do it right in a row and see how each team reacts."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.18.2014 / 5:35 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Sharks

SAN JOSE - After a four-day break in their schedule, the well-rested San Jose Sharks will return to action against the reeling Edmonton Oilers and interim coach Todd Nelson at SAP Center on Thursday.

The Oilers have lost 16 of their past 17 games, including a 2-1 shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Tuesday in Nelson's NHL coaching debut.

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish fired coach Dallas Eakins on Monday and promoted Nelson from Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 5:33 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Predators at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic will return to the lineup when they play the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Saturday.

Vlasic missed the final two periods Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers and the game Thursday against the Minnesota Wild with an upper-body injury.

The Sharks won the two games, and coach Todd McLellan was asked what he learned about them during those victories minus Vlasic.

"To be honest, we learned that we want him back," McLellan said after the morning skate. "And that's not a shot at the rest of them. Marc-Edouard's just that solid. He means that much to our team, his presence out there, the way he carries himself in the locker room, his ability to play in all situations. He's essential, but the fact that we could pinch hit without him was a real positive. It gave some others an opportunity for ice time and we found ways to win. So that was important."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.11.2014 / 5:15 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks will be without defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic when they face the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center on Thursday.

Vlasic sustained an upper-body injury late in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday and did not return.

The Sharks can't expect any sympathy from the Wild, who are missing two defensemen, Keith Ballard and Marco Scandella.

Ballard sustained a concussion and three facial fractures Tuesday on a hit from New York Islanders forward Matt Martin. Scandella was suspended two games on Wednesday for an illegal check to the head of Islanders forward Brock Nelson.

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 5:05 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- Forward Melker Karlsson was recalled from Worcester of the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut for the San Jose Sharks against the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center on Tuesday.

The Sharks placed veteran forward Tyler Kennedy (shoulder) on injured reserve and Karlsson will take his spot on the roster, skating on the third line with James Sheppard and Barclay Goodrow.

"It's going to be really fun to play here," said Karlsson. "I'm so excited when I got the call. It's finally here now."

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Posted On Thursday, 12.04.2014 / 5:07 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture returned to the ice Thursday morning but still needs to pass another test in the NHL concussion protocol before he can be cleared to play Thursday night against the Boston Bruins at SAP Center (10:30 p.m. ET, SN360).

Couture was injured early in the third period Tuesday when he collided with Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl. Raffl's shoulder hit Couture in the side of his head. Couture missed the rest of the game and did not practice Wednesday.

"He looked good out there [Thursday] but there's still some testing that needs to be done after the morning skate," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "So he'll be a game-time decision."

Couture said he felt "all right" and had no problems skating. But when asked if he would be able to play Thursday, he said, "I honestly couldn't tell you. I still have to meet with the doctors today. So I don't know."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:29 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- In a continuing effort to jump-start the Philadelphia Flyers, coach Craig Berube will shuffle his lineup again Tuesday when they face the San Jose Sharks (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The Flyers have lost four straight games and are 1-7-1 in their past eight games.

Forward Vincent Lecavalier will be a healthy scratch for what he said will be first time in his career, which spans 1,122 games and 16 seasons. Berube said he gave Lecavalier the news Monday.

"Vinny's game has obviously dropped off," Berube said. "He's a respected hockey player that's been around a long time, has done a lot. It's not easy for him. It's not an easy conversation, but that's part of being a coach."

Lecavalier has gone 12 straight games without a goal and has two goals and four assists in 16 games.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 4:56 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- Defenseman Eric Brewer will make his debut Saturday night at SAP Center for the Anaheim Ducks against the San Jose Sharks, who could be without second-line center Logan Couture.

Couture missed San Jose's morning skate because of an illness, and coach Todd McLellan said he was questionable for the game.

The Sharks are also expected to activate fourth-line forward Mike Brown, a move that would require them to clear a roster spot.

"With the [Couture] question mark and some roster moves, we're a little bit influx right now," McLellan said. "[Brown] should be back in the lineup tonight."

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 4:50 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Sharks

SAN JOSE - Goaltender Antti Niemi will make his 17th start of the season Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames at SAP Center, but the San Jose Sharks are scrambling to find him a backup.

San Jose's No. 3 goaltender, Troy Grosenick, sustained an upper-body injury during practice Tuesday and was ruled out for Wednesday. Grosenick has been filling in for No. 2 goaltender Alex Stalock, who is on injured reserve after undergoing surgery on his left knee about two weeks ago.

Stalock was on the ice for San Jose's morning skate, but coach Todd McLellan said he's not ready to be activated from IR.

"We're in an emergency type of situation where we're trying to get a goaltender," McLellan said.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 5:15 PM

By Eric Gilmore -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- Defenseman Brenden Dillon is expected to make his San Jose Sharks debut at SAP Center on Saturday against the Arizona Coyotes, one day after being acquired from the Dallas Stars in a trade for defenseman Jason Demers and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

That's assuming Dillon's skates and hockey gear make it to San Jose before the puck drops.

Dillon arrived here Friday night on a flight from Dallas, but his gear didn't. He missed the morning skate.

"It is what it is," Dillon said. "It [stinks] obviously. I was looking forward to getting things ready. As long as it's ready by 7:29 I'll be OK."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Dillon will be in the lineup if his gear arrives in time.

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