The Sharks are surprisingly the most penalized team in the NHL right now. Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan likes for his team to play with an edge and isn’t looking for Team Teal to be the least penalized NHL club, but they have never gone this far from the center in the past. There was improvement in the last home game though.
“We’ve been involved in some physical games,” McLellan said. “I thought we did a much better job against Tampa and a pretty good job against Anaheim the last time they were in here. The games in between, we were very undisciplined and it ended up costing us in Minnesota and St. Louis.”
Walking the fine line between aggressive and reckless is tough for all teams playing physical sports and the Sharks don’t want to go too far the other way.
“We want to play the game hard and we want a grit element,” McLellan said. “We’re not going to be pushed around, but with that being said, we can’t be in the penalty box all night. That is a recipe for disaster. We know it and we’ve got to respond to it properly.”
San Jose has gone scoreless in their last three road games, a first in club history. On the flip side, they have scored five goals in three consecutive home games. Team Teal has scored five or more goals in four straight road games once before, but that included some road contests.
“Defensively we’ve given up nine goals in our last five games, I think we’ve only won three of them and that’s hard to believe,” McLellan said. “We’ve done a really good job defensively. The really big question since training camp has been the scoring. Lines two and three need more growth in that area. Expectations are high tonight for those six players to try and contribute.”
is sporting a mustache for the game and might keep it going for "Movember", a campaign to promote the prevention, detection and treatment of prostate cancer. For the month of November many hockey players will start growing the mustache.
“I figured for the cause and to mix it up a little bit,” Clowe said. “I need a little change right now. I’ll see what happens tonight. If I have a good night, we’ll keep it. If not, we’ll see what happens. It’s not really thick right now. It’s more of a subtle stache.”
Jamal Mayers has an interesting tie to someone recently inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as Angela James’ mom was Jamal’s godmother. James is a renowned Canadian women’s hockey player.
“Angela used to babysit me. I think I probably was a handful,” Mayers said. “It’s a huge honor for her and a very exciting day. Kind of redemption for her for unfortunately being left off the Olympic team the first time the women played. I think it’s a testament to what she contributed to the game.”
Mayers laughed that even though he’s made the NHL, his babysitter has a leg up on him.
“I’m jealous, it’s something that will never happen to me,” Mayers joked. “I’m very happy for her and her family and I’m sure it was an exciting and overwhelming day.”
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson attended the NHL’s GM meetings on Tuesday, but nothing official came from the gathering.
The Sharks will host Anaheim Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can still be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The contest will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.