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Posted On Saturday, 11.29.2014 / 4:56 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 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."

Posted On Wednesday, 11.26.2014 / 4:50 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 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.

Posted On Saturday, 11.22.2014 / 5:15 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - 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.

Posted On Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 4:57 PM

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

At the Rink: Panthers at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- After playing 16 of their first 21 games on the road, the San Jose Sharks open a six-game homestand Thursday against the Florida Panthers at SAP Center.

The road-weary Sharks (10-9-2) will play 11 of their next 13 games at home.

"Collectively, this is an important chunk of games for us, over the next six and then certainly over the next 13," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after San Jose's morning skate. "This is a really important time for our team. We have to elevate our play. It has to be better than what it's been to this point in the season. We've got an opportunity to do it here at home."

The Sharks went 3-4-0 on their recent seven-game road trip, which ended Tuesday with a 4-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

Posted On Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 5:10 PM

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

At the Rink: Canucks at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Tyler Kennedy was activated from injured reserve and will make his season debut Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center.

To make room for Kennedy on their active roster, the Sharks assigned rookie forward Chris Tierney to Worcester of the American Hockey League.

Kennedy, who was sidelined with an upper-body injury, had two goals, one assist and 12 shots over three games with Worcester during a conditioning assignment.

"I'll just try to keep it simple out there, play my position and try and shoot as much as I can," Kennedy said. "It was nice to go down to Worcester and play down there. I think that helps. It's going to be a little quicker here, but I think I'm ready."

Posted On Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 4:59 PM

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

At the Rink: Islanders at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- As a rookie last season, San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl scored six goals in his first three NHL games, including four in a highlight-reel performance against the New York Rangers.

Hertl had 15 goals and 10 assists in his first 35 games before sustaining a major knee injury on Dec. 19 against the Los Angeles Kings that sidelined until the final two regular-season games.

It hasn't gone nearly as well this season, as Hertl has two goals and three points in 12 games and Saturday against the New York Islanders he'll skate on the fourth line.

"I think Tomas is frustrated," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after San Jose's morning skate. "Any of us would be. We enter the National Hockey League and we take it by storm and there's talk of superstar and Jaromir Jagr comparisons, and that can still happen later on. Then he gets hurt and from that point on he's had to work really hard to feel good again on the ice. And it's just not happening for him right now.

"It can and will still happen. He's got some work to do practice-wise coming up this week, but he's 20 years old. There's a lot of really good rookies that, come Year Two, maybe underestimate the League a little bit. I'm not saying Tomas has done that, but the results are showing it."

Posted On Thursday, 10.23.2014 / 5:40 PM

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

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- After having four days off and spending the past three in San Jose, the well-rested Columbus Blue Jackets will continue their four-game road trip on Thursday against the road weary San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

Columbus will play the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday before returning home.

"I think we're all itching to get back and play," Columbus coach Todd Richards said after the Blue Jackets' morning skate. "It will be a great test. It starts with San Jose [Thursday]. Can't look past anything, but it will be a tough game against Anaheim and then you got L.A. Nine tough periods of hockey, and it starts with a good San Jose team."

The Blue Jackets arrived in San Jose on Monday and have spent the past three days practicing, resting and bonding. The Sharks, meanwhile, finished a five-game East Coast road trip Tuesday at Boston.

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 6:27 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - NHL Training Camps blog

Sharks excited to get back to work

SAN JOSE -- First came a historic first-round collapse for the San Jose Sharks against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Then came the shockwaves during a long offseason of discontent.

There was talk of a locker room divide, and early in the offseason general manager Doug Wilson called the Sharks a "tomorrow team," one that was headed for a major rebuild and a leadership shakeup. Joe Thornton lost his captaincy, and alternate captain Patrick Marleau lost his leadership role.

But when the captain-less Sharks took the ice Friday for their first training camp practices, the roster was largely the same as it was last spring when they took a 3-0 series lead against the Kings before losing four straight.

Forward Tommy Wingels said the team was very excited to get back to work and stop dwelling on the past.

"There was a lot of talk off the ice," Wingels said. "From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are. I think obviously last year ended on as bad of a note as there could be, and this team has regrouped, addressed some things and we're as tight-knit as we've ever been."

Posted On Wednesday, 04.30.2014 / 3:20 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - Sharks-Kings series blog

Sharks turning back to Niemi; Vlasic out for Game 7

SAN JOSE -- After a one-game break, San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi will return to the starting lineup Wednesday at SAP Center for Game 7 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Los Angeles Kings (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, PRIME, CSN-CA).

Backup Alex Stalock replaced Niemi in Game 6 and made his first start in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles at Staples Center. Niemi was pulled for Stalock early in the third period of Game 4 and early in the second of Game 5.

"I think the break was good for [Niemi]," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after an optional morning skate. "He got a chance to work on some things in his game that the goaltending coach wanted to work on. He got a chance to rest. Our team did need a change heading into Game 6 into L.A. Unfortunately, we had to pull him twice, but that wasn't all on Nemo's shoulders. It's pretty evident and obvious, I hope I've made that clear. But moving forward with Nemo, we want to give Nemo an opportunity."

Posted On Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 7:05 PM

By Eric Gilmore - Correspondent / - Sharks-Kings series blog

Sharks still confident as they prepare for Game 7

SAN JOSE -- Three years ago, the San Jose Sharks were one loss away from the making the wrong kind of Stanley Cup Playoff history.

The Sharks took a 3-0 lead in their second-round series against the Detroit Red Wings, but the Red Wings won the next three, forcing a Game 7 at San Jose. The Sharks won 3-2 and avoided becoming the fourth team in NHL history to lose a best-of-7 series after taking a 3-0 lead.

The Sharks find themselves in a similar situation this spring after bolting to a 3-0 lead then losing three straight to the Los Angeles Kings in their Western Conference First Round series. Game 7 is Wednesday night at SAP Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, PRIME, CSN-CA), and the Sharks are drawing heavily on their 2011 experience against the Red Wings

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