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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 4:49 PM

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

At the Rink: Canadiens at Sharks

SAN JOSE - Backup goaltender Alex Stalock will make his first start since Feb. 17 when the San Jose Sharks try to end their eight-game home losing streak Monday against the Montreal Canadiens, the top team in the Eastern Conference.

"I think enough worrying about other teams," Stalock said after the Sharks' morning skate. "Obviously they've got a good team but it's what's in this room. It's what we do. That's going to be the difference tonight, what we bring, what we offer. That's from the goalie out."

The Sharks had a players-only gathering away from the rink Sunday, their latest attempt to break out of their slump.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.28.2015 / 5:18 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Sharks

SAN JOSE - Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond will try to extend his four-game winning streak and two-game shutout streak when he faces the struggling San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Hammond has won the first four starts of his NHL career and is coming off of back-to-back shutouts against the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. He hasn't allowed a goal since the 7:38 mark of the first period Saturday against the Florida Panthers, a shutout streak of 172:22.

Hammond said he's enjoying the amazing ride, but trying to stay focused.

"Obviously people are very happy for me and they want to congratulate me, and I do hear stuff," Hammond said. "You want to enjoy it but at the same time you need to kind of limit the noise and stay focused on the task at hand. I think throughout this whole kind of few games here I've been able to do that. I don't see anything changing. I think for me it's just preparing the same way and going through the same routines I do on game days and practice days and just doing what got me here."

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Posted On Thursday, 02.26.2015 / 5:35 PM

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

At the Rink: Red Wings at Sharks

SAN JOSE - Henrik Zetterberg skated Thursday for the first time since being punched in the head Saturday by Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn, but he'll miss his third straight game when the Detroit Red Wings face the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday.

Zetterberg has been bothered by headaches, and he said he's still "got a little symptoms" but feels "significantly better" than he did Saturday.

He went on the ice near the end of Detroit's morning skate and skated on his own. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he expects Zetterberg to miss Detroit's road game Saturday against the Nashville Predators, then return Wednesday when the Red Wings open a two-game homestand against the New York Rangers.

"You're always concerned," Babcock said. "I don't think anybody was worried that much about it. It looks to me that he'll be playing against the Rangers."

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Posted On Sunday, 02.15.2015 / 6:35 PM

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

At the Rink: Lightning at Sharks

SAN JOSE - After missing four games with an upper-body injury, San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic might return to the lineup against the Tampa Bay Lightning at SAP Center on Sunday.

Vlasic practiced Saturday for the first time since going on injured reserve. He said afterwards he was close to being ready to return but expected he'd have to pass one more medical test before being cleared.

With a 5 p.m. PT game, neither the Sharks nor the Lightning had a morning skate.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 3:13 PM

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

At the Rink: Capitals at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- After losing back-to-back games, the San Jose Sharks will try to salvage a win in the finale of their three-game homestand against the Washington Capitals at SAP Center on Wednesday (10:30 ET; NBCSN, SN).

The Sharks are 1-3-1 in their past five games and are coming off a 4-1 loss Monday against the Calgary Flames that dropoped them from second to third place in the Pacific Division.

"I think enough's enough in terms of our inconsistent play," Sharks forward Tommy Wingels said. "We can't keep riding this roller coaster the rest of the year because before you know it the season will be wasted away, and we'll look back on it and not be happy missing the playoffs. We got to step it up and find a way to start winning consistently."

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Posted On Monday, 02.09.2015 / 4:41 PM

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

At the Rink: Flames at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels was activated from injured reserve and will be in the lineup against the Calgary Flames at SAP Center on Monday.

Wingels missed seven games after breaking his left hand on Jan. 19 against the New Jersey Devils and having surgery.

"I feel good," Wingels said. "I feel like I can play. I feel confident with the injury being gone, in the past now. So I'll be excited to get back and try to contribute to the team."

Wingels leads San Jose with 174 hits and coach Todd McLellan said the Sharks have missed his physical play.

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Posted On Saturday, 02.07.2015 / 5:26 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks had six rookies in their lineup when they beat the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Thursday.

Based on their morning skate at SAP Center, the Sharks will stick with their six-pack of rookies against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Rookie Chris Tierney scored his first NHL goal in the Sharks' 5-1 win against Vancouver and will center the fourth line again. Daniil Tarasov, who had an assist in his NHL debut Thursday, will skate with Tierney.

"It's nice when you have other guys you can kind of go through this with, other younger rookies," said Tierney, who also had an assist against Vancouver. "You can kind of feed off each other and push each other on the ice. It was good that we had a good last game and hopefully we can keep it going."

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Posted On Monday, 02.02.2015 / 5:31 PM

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

At the Rink: Oilers at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks have proven they can defeat some of the NHL's elite teams.

Now they'll try to end their habit of playing poorly against struggling teams when they face the Edmonton Oilers at SAP Center on Monday.

After reeling off consecutive victories against the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks and raising their point total to 60, the surging Sharks play an Oilers team that has 35 points, second fewest in the NHL, but vowed not to take Edmonton lightly.

"These guys have so much skill up front that they can really beat anyone on any given night," Sharks center Logan Couture said after practice. "You've got to play the same way we've played our last couple games and worry about our game and go from there. Play in their end and force their guys to play in their own end like we've been doing the last couple nights. We'll give ourselves a chance to beat them."

Forward Tyler Kennedy will return to the Sharks' lineup and skate on the fourth line after missing two games with a lower-body injury. He'll replace Tye McGinn, who sustained an upper body injury Saturday against Chicago and is day-to-day.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 4:27 PM

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

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Sharks

SAN JOSE -- After consecutive victories against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, the San Jose Sharks will try to make it three straight wins against elite Western Conference teams when they face the Chicago Blackhawks at SAP Center on Saturday.

The Sharks have struggled at times against some of the NHL's worst teams, but they've typically played well against upper echelon opponents. They're 4-0-1 against Anaheim and 2-1-0 against the Kings this season.

"We just get up for those games," Sharks center Logan Couture said after San Jose's morning skate. "Crowd's into it. A different atmosphere I guess. It feels different coming to the rink when you play against those teams. We need to play better every night, more consistently, but it's nice that we're beating those teams because they're a couple of the best teams in the league."

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Posted On Thursday, 01.29.2015 / 5:29 PM

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

At the Rink: Ducks at Sharks

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks went 3-0-1 in their first four games against the Anaheim Ducks this season, facing No. 1 goaltender Frederik Andersen each time.

The Sharks will face backup goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov at SAP Center on Thursday when they face the Ducks for last time in the regular season.

"We've got 28 games left in 52 days," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "You're not running with Freddy. We've got [Bryzgalov] here for a reason. He's had great success wherever he's played except for Philadelphia. Now we put him in a really tough situation. We'll see how he makes out."

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