With the Sharks and the Stars 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:SHARKS GOALTENDER SHUFFLE
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told the media this morning that goaltender Antti Niemi
will not play or backup after being struck by a puck in practice on Wednesday, Thomas Greiss
will start, AHL All-Star goaltender Tyson Sexsmith has been recalled
and will backup, and Antero Niittymaki
has been assigned to Worcester to play some games.
]DEMERS TO INJURED RESERVE, WAS IT RICCI ON THE ICY KNOLL?
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reported earlier on Niemi's minor injury with a quote from the goaltender himself with insight as to who the shooter of the puck may have been.
[ Working the Corners
]T-PLUSH DOES HOCKEY
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and Bay Area native Nyjer Morgan (a.k.a. Tony Plush) skated with the Sharks at Wednesday's practice. Morgan, the self-proclaimed die-hard Sharks fan, was a very good hockey player growing up, making it all the way to the top Canadian junior level before switching his focus to baseball.
]TRADE DEADLINE NEARS
CSN California columnist Ray Ratto analyzes the quickly approaching trade deadline and hints at some of the teams that may be positioning themselves as buyers at the Feb. 27 date.
[ Sharks Talk
]BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Dallas Morning News beat writer Mike Heika reports that Stars goaltender Richard Bachman is expected to start
and chimes in with a good note on Dallas' record in the second game of back-to-backs (0-7-1).
The Official Website of the Dallas Stars checks in with their gameday 'Star Gazing' feature, including the five things to watch and the opponents they think you should be watching.
]SHARKS AND STARS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Brian Compton previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.