Player News - Sharks

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Joe Pavelski potted the only goal for the Sharks in their 3-1 setback to the Kings on Saturday night.

Pavelski broke out as an elite point producer last season and it’s continuing now, at age 30. He has 17 goals and 30 points on the season and should continue to be a major asset in fantasy leagues. His 129 shots on goal rank fifth in the league. Joe Thornton got the helper, his 23rd assist.
Dec 28 - 1:03 AM

Antti Niemi made 26 saves in San Jose’s 3-1 loss to the Kings on Saturday night.

Niemi gave up two of the goals while the Sharks were on the penalty kill. The regulation loss ends an eight-game streak of earning the Sharks at least a point. Niemi has a 2.47 goals-against average and .916 save percentage on the year.
Dec 28 - 1:02 AM

Raffi Torres (knee) has not begun to skate yet.

The feisty forward had his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee completely removed at the end of November. As David Pollak of the Mercury News says, Torres is likely still building strength around his knee. Torres has yet to play this season because of the knee injury, which also hampered him last season.
Dec 27 - 8:15 PM

Justin Braun leads the San Jose Sharks with 61 blocked shots.

The defenseman has a goal and 13 points in 35 games with 32 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in 35 games. If you are in a pool that uses blocked shots and penalty minutes, he is a nice fifth defenseman.
Dec 27 - 9:32 AM

The San Jose Sharks have recalled the tough Micheal Haley from Worcester of the AHL.

Haley led Worcester with 60 penalty minutes which isn't surprising, but also with 10 goals in 27 games, which was surprising as he is not known for his goal-scoring abilities. He will take the spot in the lineup vacated by John Scott who has been suspended for four games for his punch to Tim Jackman. Haley is worth picking up in daily transaction pools if you need penalty minutes as he could easily be a healthy scratch for the Sharks and you will need the option to sit him.
Dec 27 - 9:28 AM

John Scott has been suspended for four games for punching an unsuspecting opponent.

The incident occurred on Monday when he hit Anaheim forward Tim Jackman in front of the Ducks goal. Jackman was injured on the play and Scott is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the CBA. He will be eligible to return on Jan. 5 when the Sharks begin a three-game road trip in Winnipeg.
Dec 24 - 2:38 PM

John Scott will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Wednesday afternoon "for punching an unsuspecting opponent, Anaheim's Tim Jackman."

It was a pretty gnarly incident as Jackman came to a stop while Frederik Andersen covered up the puck, Scott spun his right (and top) hand around and butt-ended Jackman square in the jaw. Forcing him from the game.
Dec 23 - 8:07 PM

John Scott might once again find himself in trouble with the league.

Scott spun around and caught Tim Jackman in the head or neck with his hand. Jackman was clearly hurt on the play and while Scott wasn't initially penalized for his actions, the league might decide that Scott should miss some time, especially given his suspension history.
Dec 23 - 9:38 AM

Joe Thornton has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last six games.

Thornton had an assist in the Sharks' 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim on Monday. He has eight goals and 30 points in 35 games, which is a pace he should be able to maintain this season.
Dec 23 - 9:32 AM

Joe Pavelski displayed his mastery over the art of the tip-in as he tied the Sharks with the Ducks at one early in the third on Monday night.

The Sharks lost in overtime 3-2 but the power play goal was his ninth such tally of the season, and 16th overall, both team highs. He's now tied with Logan Couture for second on the team in points with 29, one behind Joe Thornton who had an assist in the game. Pavelski's goal was also his 207th career tally (all with San Jose), moving him ahead of Owen Nolan for second all-time in Sharks history.
Dec 23 - 2:53 AM

Melker Karlsson scored his first career NHL goal Monday night in Anaheim, though San Jose fell 3-2 in overtime.

Karlsson took a leading feed from Barclay Goodrow, took a few strides over the offensive blue line, and ripped a slapper through Frederik Andersen's five-hole to put San Jose up 2-1 late in the third. When he goes to tell his grand kids about it one day, hopefully he says it was a 125 MPH scorcher instead. Through six games he has five points.
Dec 23 - 2:49 AM

Antti Niemi was only able to stop 29-32 shots Anaheim sent his way for a heart-breaking 3-2 overtime loss on Monday night.

In a way, only Ryan Kesler's winner should be pinned on Niemi. Rickard Rakell made it 1-0 after Emerson Etem's chip off the glass inexplicably bounced into Niemi's crease for the tap-in. And Cam Folwer's deke on his third period tying goal was beautiful. Still though, Kesler's snapper from the hash-marks must be stopped. Niemi still holds a 2.44 GAA and .917 save percentage.
Dec 23 - 2:34 AM

Defenseman Matt Irwin and centerman Chris Tierney will be healthy scratches Monday versus the Ducks.

Irwin has now been out since December 6th (7 games) and can't seem to crack the lineup these days. In 15 games played on the year, he has two goals, three assists, and a minus six rating. Tierney will also be out scratched Monday; he has just two assists in 14 games played in the 2014-2015 season.
Dec 22 - 8:52 PM

Antii Niemi is getting the nod in net Monday versus the Anaheim Ducks.

San Jose coach Todd McLellan has confirmed that Niemi will start Monday night and go for his eighth consecutive victory. Niemi is 2-0 versus the Ducks this year with a 2.50 goals-against-average and .926 save percentage.
Dec 22 - 8:48 PM

Mike Brown will miss four-to-six more weeks with a broken fibula.

Brown has already missed approximately two weeks, so expect him back in late January or early February. It's the 29-year-old's second significant injury this season. He missed 22 games because of a hand injury earlier in the year.
Dec 21 - 5:35 PM

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