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Inside the Cage: Sharks Defense is Buying Time

by Ross McKeon @rossmckeon / sjsharks.com

It's easy to see the Sharks are searching for consistency in their forward lines and reconfigured power-play units in the hopes to produce more goals.

What's easy to overlook is the fact the Sharks defense, staunch goaltending and attention to detail on the penalty kill is buying the team time to solve it's challenges at the other end of the ice.

The netminding duo of Martin Jones and Aaron Dell have combined to amass a league-low 2.24 goals-against average through 19 games. After his first two starts of the season, Jones has allowed more than two goals in a game only once. That's two or fewer permitted in 11 of his last 12. His back-up Dell had produced similar numbers.

Here's Jones: 2.11 GAA and .926 save percentage. Here's Dell: 2.14 GAA and .923 save percentage. Each has posted a shutout, too. And Jones, well established as a No. 1 goalie in his third full season in that role, has posted a save percentage of .920 or better in 10 of his last 12 games.

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Sharks at Coyotes preview

Arizona goes for fourth straight win; San Jose looks to end losing streak at three

by Craig Morgan / NHL.com Correspondent

SHARKS (10-8-1) at COYOTES (5-15-3)

9 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will seek their fourth straight win, and first against a Western Conference opponent this season, when they face the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena on Wednesday.

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Young Boy Celebrates Anniversary of Remission During Sharks Puck Drop

Tyler DeCourcey Honored as Hockey Fights Cancer Hero on Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Kaiser Permanente

by Missy Zielinski / sjsharks.com

2017 Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Sharks celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer Night

The Sharks celebrate Hockey Fights Cancer Night at SAP Center on November 18 including a ceremonial puck drop and rally towel wave

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Before seven-year-old Tyler DeCourcey was tasked with dropping the ceremonial first puck when the San Jose Sharks took on the Boston Bruins this past Saturday, his twin brother Alex had something important to say to defenseman Brent Burns.

"He's in remission from cancer," Alex immediately told the blueliner when he greeted the family during warm-ups.

"Yeah, my first year!" Tyler chimed in.

That special evening was the Sharks official Hockey Fights Cancer Night presented by Kaiser Permanente and while the family was celebrating the most important anniversary of Tyler's life, it also served as somewhat of a homecoming as they stood surrounded by the entire Sharks organization.

On January 6, 2016, nearly six months after Tyler was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma, the DeCourcey's were at the hospital for what they thought was a routine clinic visit. It was then they found out that quick trip was going to be one of the most challenging days of his diagnoses yet.

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Gameday Blog: Sharks at Coyotes 11/22

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 the day goes on.

The Sharks are back on the road for a quick two game Pacific Division swing over Thanksgiving, starting off in Glendale, Arizona to play the Arizona Coyotes. This is the first time the two clubs meet this season.

While the Desert Dogs are buried at the bottom of the NHL's standings, they have turned it around lately; they've rattled off three straight wins against Eastern Canada opponents. Meanwhile, the Sharks are mired in a slump with three straight losses; although the latest only came after a nine round shootout.

Joonas Donskoi has been a bright spot for the Sharks, scoring an unofficial hat trick on Monday (two goals and a shootout tally) while earning praise from Coach DeBoer. The Sharks hope he continues his strong play, along with contributions from other players, to help get the team back in the win column against the Desert Dogs. 

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

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Short Shifts

Junior reporter schools Sharks on history of Movember

Olivia drops some details about annual mustache movement in latest video

NHL.com @NHL

The San Jose Sharks take Movember pretty seriously, but apparently they don't know the full history of the movement. Fortunately, their junior reporter was around to drop some knowledge.

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Ducks defeat Sharks in nine-round shootout

Vermette scores deciding goal to give Anaheim third straight win

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Antoine Vermette scored in the ninth round of the shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Monday.

Vermette beat goalie Martin Jones with a wrist shot inside the left post to end the game.

"I started a little quicker and then I slowed down, changed sides and saw how he was going to react," Vermette said.

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Ducks at Sharks preview

Fowler likely back for Anaheim; San Jose in search of scoring

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (9-7-3) at SHARKS (10-8-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who has missed the past 12 games with a knee injury, will be a game-time decision against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Monday. Fowler, who returned to practice Saturday, was on the ice for an optional morning skate Monday.

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Gameday Blog: Sharks vs. Ducks 11/20

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 the day goes on.

Tonight sees the Sharks wrap up their homestand against Southern California rival Anaheim Ducks. The two teams have met once before this season, with the Sharks getting the better of the Ducks in the shootout highlighted by a filthy Joonas Donskoi dangle as the ultimate game winner. 

The Sharks hope to end this home slate of games with a win; both the previous games ended as hard-fought, two-goal losses mired by by goal reviews. There is a slight advantage at play for the home team tonight; the Ducks played last night in Anaheim against the Florida Panthers.

Both teams sit in similar positions in the standings, with the Sharks a point ahead with better special teams, but the Ducks have the advantage in the goal-scoring department.

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

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Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Bruins (11/18)

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

Postgame Infographic: Sharks vs Panthers

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