The Sharks players all showed up Tuesday morning expecting to hop on the ice for the traditional morning skate. Instead they showed up to a dark HP Pavilion as a power outage essentially canceled the traditional game day skate.
“I needed a morning off so I had my buddies come in early and take care of business,” Dan Boyle
joked. “Everybody loves me.”
Not many players recalled a morning skate being canceled in this manner, but they didn’t feel not skating would have a residual effect as the Red Wings were in the same boat.
“I’m sure something has happened, I’ve been in the league a while now,” Boyle tried to recall. “Nothing like this. Because we skated pretty good yesterday, it’s not the end of the world. If we didn’t skate yesterday then it would have been a little harder. We’re 20 games in here, this shouldn’t be a big deal.”
“I’ve never had this happen, you never know when you come to the rink,” Ryane Clowe
Best not to go with a full on skate considering the puck to the face Scott Nichol recently took at a practice with full lights on.
“Maybe it’s good today we take a break from the morning skate, we don’t want guys going down,” Clowe said. “It’s pretty strange, that’s for sure.”
The Sharks have called Mike Moore
back to San Jose for the contest adding to the youth on the blueliner for the evening.
“There’s not too much experience back there, so there will be some mixing and matching,” Boyle said of the defensive plan. “Just got to be smart and try and maximize my minutes out there. I don’t think there is anything set in stone. Against one of the best teams in the league, I’m sure we’ll see a lot of different combinations.”
Boyle said he’s very comfortable with the young blueline talent skating for the Sharks.
“I like their poise, the nerves are the things you’ve got to battle when you are young,” Boyle said. “If you can get a handle on those things, you’ll have a good chance and so far those guys are doing a good job.”
“I like giving those guys the opportunity because I think they’ve earned it,” Clowe said.
The youngsters will do what they can to let the Sharks play their normal game.
“Just get the puck in the forwards hands as quickly as possible, don’t hold onto it too long,” Justin Braun
said. “Don’t try and make too many home run plays.”Mike Moore
was one of the few players who jumped on the ice for a bit, mostly because he wasn’t at the practice the previous day.
“A couple of us went out,” Moore said. “I didn’t’ get a chance to skate yesterday because I was travelling. I got my legs under me and am ready to go.”
GAME STILL TO BE DEALT WITH
For all the talk about the power situation, the players still had to deal with the fact a game against Western Conference leading Detroit was scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m.
“When you play against the premier centers in the league, you get up for those games and you enjoy playing in those games,” Joe Thornton
said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
“I think sometimes mentally you think you need to bring it against Chicago and Detroit a little more and you step up your game,” Clowe said. “It’s good to know we can raise our game, but we want to hold that up there.”
The Sharks have fared well at home when a top team in the west has arrived at HP Pavilion. San Jose recently toppled the Stanley Cup winning Blackhawks as well as the L.A. Kings when they arrived as the then Pacific Division leaders.
The Sharks have a few quirky issues with Detroit in the past, including S.J. Sharkie delaying a game because his jersey was caught in his repelling gear, which left him dangling from the rafters. Then there was the game in 1995 game at HP Pavilion that was flooded out and played at a later date in the season.
The Detroit game will be on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.