With the Sharks and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Bruins 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:HANDZUS LIKELY TO RETURN
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Thursday morning that center Michal Handzus
will likely make his return to the lineup and right wing Tommy Wingels
will be a game-time decision.
]McLELLAN: 'GO OUT AND PLAY FREE'
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on comments from McLellan about letting go of some of the nervousness and playing loose. "It's not about one or two individuals carrying the weight of the team on its shoulders, it’s about distributing the weight evenly," he said.
[ Working the Corners
]THORNTON: 'OUR FATE IS IN OUR HANDS'
ESPN.com hockey writer and TSN panelist Pierre LeBrun spoke to Sharks captain Joe Thornton
on Thursday morning by phone. "We've got nine games left and fate rests in our hands, and that’s a good thing," Thornton told LeBrun.
]NIEMI VS. THOMAS
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports that it will be Antti Niemi
and Tim Thomas facing each other on Tuesday in a battle of the Stanley Cup winning goaltenders from the past two seasons.
[ Sharks Talk
]999TH GAME FOR CHARA
Boston Globe beat writer Kevin Paul Dupont reports on Boston's line combinations, the Eastern Conference playoff picture and tonight's storylines including the 999th career game for Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
[ Bruins Blog
]BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Bruins staff writer Anthony Gulizia previews Thursday night's game as the Bruins open a rare late-season California road trip. The Bruins will face the Sharks tonight, then the Kings and Ducks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
]WINGELS NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON
The San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels
has been selected as its 2012 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
]SHARKS AND BRUINS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Pete Jensen previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.
]ACOLATSE HOPES PATH LEADS BACK TO SAN JOSE
Sharks defensive prospect and Bay Area native Sena Acolatse
is the focus of AHL beat writer Mike Billings' feature.