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The San Jose Sharks received some potential good news when Jonathan Cheechoo strided out for the morning skate prior to Friday’s Game 2 with Nashville. Cheechoo was able to make the attempt as his MRI came back negative.
“I won’t know until I see how it reacts,” said Cheechoo. “If it feels good this afternoon, I’ll go. If it’s worse, I won’t.”
“If there is not further damage to be done (we’ll play him), but we won’t if it could prolong the injury or rehabilitation.”
Even if he plays, Cheechoo will be limited due to the cheap hit by Scott Hartnell that knocked out a tooth with a direct hit to the head, in addition to the knee-on-knee blow.
“I’m not going to be able to do all I want,” said Cheechoo. “If I can be effective, I’ll go.”
And there is a point, where Cheechoo knows a healthy Joe Pavelski would be better than playing too limited.
“I don’t want to hurt the team,” said Cheechoo. “It’s up to me to decide.”
“Mentally I’m prepared to play Joe Pavelski,” said Wilson. “I didn’t even talk to him (Cheechoo).”
And if he doesn’t play, the Sharks know the injury is just a sprain, and would likely allow their leading scorer to return at some point.
“It’s better than anything else,” said Cheechoo.
“It’s a relief,” said Wilson.
Sharks players will wear a special sticker on their helmets honoring their recently deceased Goaltending Coach Warren Strelow. The sticker, with a Sharks logo on it, will have the initials of Warren Arthur Strelow in capital letters.
“It’s a nice way to honor him,” said Vesa Toskala. “He was a tough guy and had been fighting for three and a half years.”
With all their lineup changes from Peter Forsberg to Jason Arnott, one item has not changed with regards to Nashville – their style.
The Predators have always played a quick offensive game under Barry Trotz and that is exactly what San Jose saw.
“I think they came as advertised,” said Kyle McLaren. “They are speedy with skill. Same style, same coach.”
The additional players did change one dynamic.
“They are a little bigger, so if anything, they played more physically,” said McLaren. “They did it last year, but they had fewer players that could do it. Now it is most of the team and they try to hit and finish their checks more.”
They may not have posted a goal, but the line of Patrick Marleau, Bill Guerin and Mark Bell was all over the ice in Game 1. If the game gets more physical, the trio can more than hold their own while skill bringing a lot of skill to the table.
Bell did put a puck in the net, but the referee blew a penalty whistle just before it crossed the line.
“We had a couple of chances later and we’ll get one,” said Bell. “We did a lot to create opportunities. If we didn’t have chances, we would look at our game. It is just a matter of a few goals.”
The Sharks broadcasting crews recently were nominated for two Northern California Emmy Awards. They are for the following:
Sharks vs. Nashville: Hat Trick by Patrick, FSN Bay Area
Ted Griggs, Executive Producer; Devon Fox, Coordinating Producer; David Koppett, Producer; Frank Albin, Director; D'Aulaire Louwerse, Associate Director; Randy Hahn and Glen Kuiper, Talent
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San Jose Sharks Hockey Announcers, FSN Bay Area
Randy Hahn and John Shrader, Talent
San Jose and Nashville will hook up in Game 2 Friday at 5 p.m. The contest will be available on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.