With the Sharks and the Blue Jackets set to face each other on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:GREISS TO START, NIEMI TO BACKUP
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that goaltender Thomas Greiss
will be making the start in net and that "there's a good chance we'll see" recently recalled forward Tommy Wingels
in the lineup tonight.
]KFOX LOCKER ROOM
Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky talks with right wing Andrew Murray
about playing his former squad in the Columbus Blue Jackets and the team's outlook playing the second game of back-to-backs.
]EX-SHARK NAMED ALL-STAR STARTER
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports, with help from Mark Emmons, on Greiss getting the call in goal, former Shark Milan Michalek voted as a starter to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, and how Wingels could factor in the Sharks lineup tonight.
[ Working the Corners
]SIZING UP THIRD PERIOD SCORING
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reporting on Columbus' goal differential in the third period and, by comparison, San Jose's goal scoring in the third period. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
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]TOUGH YEAR FOR NASH
Columbus Dispatch beat writer Aaron Portzline reports on Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, who recently described this season as the toughest of his career. Nash, a close friend of Sharks captain Joe Thornton
, is in the second year of an eight-year contract with Columbus.
[ Blue Jackets Xtra
]ROLE OF NIEMI PLAYED BY SHREK?
Yahoo! Blogger Greg Wyshynski with the story of Blackhawks superfan Frank Saracco, who had a friend create a cartoon mural of Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup Championship for his daughter's birthday. The cartoon character selected to play the role of current Sharks goaltender, then Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi
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]SHARKS AND BLUE JACKETS PREVIEW
NHL.com columnist John Kreiser previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.