With the Sharks and the Ducks set to face each other on Wednesday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, here are the links you need to read before the game:COSMIC COINCIDENCE? BLAKE SLATED TO RETURN
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports on Ducks forward Jason Blake's expected return to the Anaheim lineup after missing 34 games due to a freak skate laceration injury, and a possible recall in the near future for San Jose.
[ Working the Corners
]FIRST GOAL LOOMS LARGE
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports on the importance of scoring the first goal against the Ducks, and the Niemi vs. Hiller matchup. Read his game day blog 'What to Watch For' on Sharks Talk.
[ Sharks Talk
]DUCKS TOP LINE REUNITED
OC Register beat writer Eric Stephens reporting on the Getzlaf-Perry-Ryan line being reunited at practice on Tuesday after skating apart during Anaheim's 4-2 loss on New Year's Eve to the Colorado Avalanche.
[ Ducks Blog
]IRWIN, SEXSMITH NAMED TO THE 2012 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Worcester Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin and goaltender Tyson Sexsmith
will represent the Sharks organization in Atlantic City from Jan. 29-30 as they were named to the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday. Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri (Syracuse Crunch) was also named to the squad.
]TIME FOR DUCKS TO TRADE GETZLAF?
OC Register columnist Jeff Miller with an interesting (and likely unpopular) take. Is this a legitimate proposition or journalistic sensationalism?
[ OC Register
]TEAMMATES McLELLAN AND BOUDREAU
If you missed Rusanowsky's blog 'Dan's View from Center Ice' yesterday, be sure to give it a second look. In this installment, Dan digs up photos of Sharks head coach Todd McLellan and Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau as teammates for the Springfield Indians. Great stuff.
[ The Daily Chomp
]MITCHELL NAMED 'ALUM OF THE MONTH' AT HIS PREP SCHOOL
Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell
was named the "Alum of the Month" for January 2012 by the prestigious Hotchkiss School, a college preparatory institution in Lakeville, Connecticut.
[ The Hotchkiss School
]SHARKS AND DUCKS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Davis Harper previews Monday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.