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Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Canadiens (10/17)

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Canadiens

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Gameday Blog: Sharks vs. Canadiens 10/17

Your source for news for San Jose Sharks gameday

by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

Welcome to the Gameday Blog, the one-stop shop for San Jose Sharks fans on every gameday. This blog will be updated throughout the day with news, lineup information, videos, and tweets, so be sure to check back as they day goes on.

Tonight marks the first time Sharks fans will get to hear O Canada this season - and some of it will be in French - as the Montreal Canadiens comes to visit as the final game of the five-game homestand.

The Canadiens are similar to the Sharks in that they are looking for their second win on the season, having opened up 1-3-1. 

Saturday night's game saw the Sharks bring the same amount of intensity as was seen during Thursday night's victory over the Sabres, but without any of the puck luck. Since the 2005-06 season, the Sharks have lost 56 games in which they had 40 or more shots against an opponent, good for 5th in the NHL. Tonight the Sharks will look to have more of those shots go into the net.

Initial reports out of practice has no changes to the lineup, with injured defenseman Paul Martin unlikely to travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. Stay tuned for morning skate for further confirmation of the lineup, however.  

Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.

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Inside the Cage: Earned Promotions

Young defensemen have earned their chance at NHL playing time

by Ross McKeon @rossmckeon / sjsharks.com

With defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns, Justin Braun, Paul Martin and Brenden Dillon, the Sharks have the luxury of a deep blue line and revel in the security they don't need to rush young players into the lineup before their time.

That's what makes the integration of Joakim Ryan and Tim Heed on the back end more of a natural progression. There's no forced move because of salary-cap restrictions. There's nothing driving their promotion other than they've developed to the point they deserve a chance to help the team win.

And a chance is what they've been given.

"You just want to see them get in there and play the way they did during exhibition games, and do their thing," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "Some guys are getting opportunities here, and you want them to make the most of it."

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After All These Years, Sommer Is Still Enjoying The Ride

by Nick Nollenberger / sjbarracuda.com

Every year for the last 40 years Roy Sommer has spent his summers in Montana, getting as far away from hockey as possible.

Maybe he doesn't want to deal with the grueling Montana winters, or maybe he just can't get enough of the game that's defined his life, but every August he returns to coach for another year.

There's not much Sommer hasn't accomplished over his 30-plus year coaching career, and not much he hasn't seen. This season, the 60-year old will become the first coach in American Hockey League history to reach 20 years behind the bench.

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Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Islanders (10/14)

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Islanders

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Short Shifts

Sharks jerseys get colorful makeover to celebrate 'Los Tiburones' night

Bay Area artist designs unique look inspired by Día de los Muertos

NHL.com @NHL

For one night, the NHL's San Jose franchise was not the Sharks, but rather "Los Tiburones."

And they had the jerseys to prove it.

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Gameday Blog: Sharks vs. Islanders 10/14

Your source for news for San Jose Sharks gameday

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

Welcome to the Gameday Blog, the one-stop shop for San Jose Sharks fans on every gameday. This blog will be updated throughout the day with news, lineup information, videos, and tweets, so be sure to check back as they day goes on.

The San Jose Sharks earned their first win on Thursday, a 3-2 victory over the winless Buffalo Sabres. It was a team effort in the win, with the Meier-Tierney-Donskoi line producing two goals (including one that will make all the highlight reels in Donskoi's no-look pass to Tierney). 

It's Hispanic Heritage Night presented by your Northern California Honda Dealers, and Los Tiburones are going all-out to honor their Hispanic fans. There is a full arena Los Tiburones jersey giveaway that looks pretty sweet

In addition, tonight's game will also be broadcast in Spanish; on NBCSCA via the SAP option and on sjsharks.com with a live audio broadcast. 

Tonight the Sharks face the New York Islanders, who are 1-2-1 as they continue their road trip through California, having lost 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks earlier this week. 

Read the latest on the San Jose Sharks from the Mercury News.

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Power Rankings: Haunting Good Time

Where would the Sharks players haunt if they were the ghosts?

by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

It's Friday the 13th, the spookiest day of the year (excluding Halloween). Superstitions come out full-force today, lest people walk underneath a ladder/break a mirror/walk by a black cat and earn bad luck. Or encounter a machete-wielding psycho named Jason. Either one. 

In honor of the day, sjsharks.com asked the Sharks players where (or who) they would haunt if they were a ghost, and got some pretty spooktacular answers. 

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Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Sabres (10/12)

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Sabres

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Zeality Helps Sharks Become 1st NHL Team with Dedicated Oculus Gear App

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) are taking the next step innovating sports and fan experiences as the first professional National Hockey League team with its own Oculus Gear VR application, delivering exciting VR/360° videos and photos to fans everywhere. With the help of Zeality Inc., a technology company that leverages VR/360°, AR, and cognitive computing technologies to deliver new fan engagement solutions, the Sharks continue to build new ways to drive fan engagement.

"The Sharks are pleased to be innovators in the world of sport by bringing virtual and augmented reality to our fans via the Sharks app," said Doug Bentz, Vice President of Marketing and Digital for the San Jose Sharks. "We are constantly looking at ways to bring new and dynamic content to our fans through our digital platforms. Working with Zeality and Oculus, we have developed a cutting-edge way to bring our fans closer to our team and our brand. From Zeality's publishing and management system, we can easily deploy our interactive and immersive experiences to both our mobile applications and now our Oculus App."

With one of the largest immersive media libraries of any professional sports team, the Sharks recognize AR/VR/360° content and media as a new category of interactive experiences. Earlier this year, the Shark iOS and Android applications were updated with the Zeality mobile SDK which allowed fans to experience VR / 360° content from within the Sharks app. The release of the Sharks Oculus Gear VR application further reinforces the team's commitment to enhancing fan engagement, leveraging new consumer devices like Facebook's Oculus and Samsung's Gear VR, and delivering cutting edge technology and content experiences to the next generation of Sharks fans.

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