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Joe Thornton | Center

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
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Joe Thornton will center Melker Karlsson and Patrick Marleau on Thursday night against the Stars.
"We've won two of our last nine games with the same group, so it's time to shake things up," coach McLellan said of shaking up his team's lines. Thornton ranks third on the team with 51 points, while Marleau ranks fifth with 42. Karlsson has 16 points himself, though through just 31 games. Feb 19 - 8:09 PM

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Joe Thornton recorded an assist in the Sharks' 5-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

Thornton's point streak has reached a modest three contests. He has 12 goals and 51 points in 54 contests in 2014-15.
Feb 16 - 11:17 AM

Joe Thornton picked up another trio of assists in Friday night's 4-2 win over Arizona.

Vintage Thornton was on full display as Jumbo directed and set up plays all over the ice, with and without the puck. He now has 38 assists and 50 points this season, aligning him in his usual place with the very best in the game.
Feb 14 - 12:50 AM

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss Wednesday night.

Thornton endured a bit of a cold streak by his standards with just one assist in his previous four contests. He has 12 goals and 47 points in 52 contests in 2014-15. He was the center of a fair amount of drama in San Jose leading up to his campaign as he was the subject of trade rumors and was stripped of his captaincy, but in the end that hasn't hurt his play on the ice.
Feb 12 - 9:56 AM

Joe Thornton had three assists in a 5-4 shootout loss on Monday.

Thornton extended his point streak to six games. He has 11 goals and 44 points in 47 contests in 2014-15. He's also up to 885 assists, which is just six shy of 20th place Dale Hawerchuk on the NHL's all-time leaderboard.
Feb 3 - 9:15 AM

Joe Thornton had a hand in both Sharks goals in their 2-0 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Thornton scored on the empty net and assisted on Melker Karlsson’s first-period goal. He has recorded points in five consecutive games. He has 11 goals and 41 points on the year, and has matched his goal total from last season. Thornton is still performing at a first-line-center rate, even at 35 years old. Matt Irwin and Matt Tennyson picked up the other helpers.
Feb 1 - 1:17 AM

Joe Thornton netted a goal for the Sharks in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames on Saturday night.

Thornton is 35 years old but he’s still producing like one of the better centers in the game, which might actually be a bit of a disappointment when noticing he might not reach 70 points for the first time (full season) since 2001-02. He has 10 goals and 35 points on the year. Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson got the other goals. Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Justin Braun each chipped in with two helpers apiece.

Joe Thornton's back from his shoulder injury on Saturday as the San Jose Sharks face the New York Rangers.

He's missed the past four games with that issue. It's been a nice start to 2014-15 for Thornton, even after being stripped of the captaincy. He's been shooting a bit more (nine goals) than usual, though this issue might limit him a bit.
Jan 10 - 3:06 PM

Look for Joe Thornton (shoulder) to be a game time decision on Saturday.

Thornton has missed the last four games with the injury. "Right now I'm just day to day," Thornton said on Friday. "It feels better than yesterday, and hopefully it feels better tomorrow, and hopefully I can play tomorrow night." Thornton has nine goals and 33 points in 38 games this season. Stay tuned.
Jan 10 - 11:43 AM

Joe Thornton (shoulder) won't play Thursday.

"Hopefully tomorrow I'll get up, and it's much better, and play Saturday," he said. "That's what I'm hoping right now." Thursday's match will mark the fourth straight game he has missed because of a shoulder injury.
Jan 8 - 3:00 PM

Joe Thornton (upper body) is eligible to be activated in time for Thursday's game.

Whether or not Thornton will be remains to be seen. The possibility hasn't been ruled out, but coach Todd McLellan would like to see Thornton participate in a full practice first. Given that Wednesday will be an off day for San Jose, Thornton's availability probably won't be determined until Thursday.
Jan 6 - 6:44 PM

The San Jose Sharks have placed Joe Thornton (upper body) on injured reserve.

Thornton missed the Sharks 7-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday, and will now miss some more time. The 35-year-old is still very productive. He has nine goals and 33 points in 38 games this season. Thornton had played 319 consecutive games before sitting out on Saturday.
Jan 4 - 4:56 PM

Joe Thornton (upper body) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Winnipeg Jets.

Thornton missed the Sharks' last game against St. Louis because of the injury. San Jose's head coach Todd McLellan said he expects Thornton to play on the Sharks' upcoming three game road trip.
Jan 4 - 2:04 PM

Joe Thornton won't be able to play for the San Jose Sharks against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

It's an undisclosed issue, although by the naked eye, it looked hand/finger/forearm related, as he seemed to be favoring that area. That's not just bad news for Thornton, but also for Joe Pavelski. "Jumbo Joe" is considered day-to-day and will see his streak of 319 straight games played end today.
Jan 3 - 2:18 PM

Joe Thornton participated in a full practice on Friday.

Thornton was forced to leave Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury but did not need to use a practice jersey signifying no-contact on Friday. He has played in 319 consecutive games and it looks like his iron-man streak is not over.
Jan 3 - 10:27 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Matthew Nieto
3Melker Karlsson
4Tyler Kennedy
5John Scott
6Barclay Goodrow
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Brenden Dillon
5Mirco Mueller
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock