Player News - Sharks

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt Irwin suffered an upper-body injury during Friday's practice.

Irwin's problem was described as something tweaked. He's considered questionable for Saturday's contest as a result. Irwin has seven goals and 15 points in 40 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 3:17 PM

John Scott missed Thursday's practice due to an illness.

Scott might still end up being fine to play on Saturday. He has three points and 61 penalty minutes in 27 games this season.
Mar 6 - 11:32 AM

Logan Couture scored a goal in a 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks.

Couture has only been held off the scoresheet in one of his last four games. He has 22 goals and 55 points in 65 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 4 - 9:35 AM

Joe Thornton had two assists in a 6-2 victory over Vancouver.

Thornton has recorded at least a point in three of his last four contests. He has 12 goals and 55 points in 61 games in 2014-15. He's just five assists shy of the 900th of his career and his next point will be his 1,250th.
Mar 4 - 9:33 AM

Antti Niemi turned aside 26-of-28 shots in 6-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

There has been a lot of talk about Niemi being shipped out of town at the trade deadline or in the offseason but he didn't let any of that bother him on this night. The win broke a three game win-less streak of starts for Niemi. Niemi's 2.64 goals-against-average is below average for number a goalie though that is likely why he will lose starts to the younger Alex Stalock down the stretch.
Mar 4 - 1:22 AM

Matt Nieto scored twice and added an assist in a 6-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday.

The goals were Nieto's fifth and sixth of the season. The 22 year-old is going to be hard pressed to eclipse his 10 goals from his rookie season last year but could with a hot streak. Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Chris Tierney and Melker Karlsson all got in on the scoring fun in Vancouver. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each contributed two assists in a game that was actually closer than the final score indicated.

Mirco Mueller will be scratched against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

Mueller has played just once since Feb. 13th, making him a scratch in eight of the last nine games. With three points, 34 hits, and 37 blocks, his fantasy value lies well ahead in the future.
Mar 3 - 9:10 PM

Antti Niemi will get the start against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

Through 48 starts this season, Niemi has posted a 24-17-7 record with a .912 save percentage and a 2.62 GAA. He also has 27 Quality Starts against seven Really Bad Starts, which is tied for fourth-most in the league. Over his last 11 starts versus Vancouver since 2011, Niemi is 8-3-0 with 22 goals against.
Mar 3 - 9:06 PM

Matt Irwin found the back of the net in a 4-0 victory on Monday.

Irwin is on a three-game point streak. He has seven goals and 14 points in 39 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 3 - 11:51 AM

Patrick Marleau scored a goal in a 4-0 victory over Montreal.

Marleau has 15 goals and 46 points in 64 games in 2014-15. Although he typically gets at least 30 markers and isn't likely to reach that milestone this time around, he has been hot lately with four goals in his last five games.
Mar 3 - 11:50 AM

San Jose goalie Alex Stalock, who had been on a three-game losing streak, stopped 20 shots Monday night to record a 4-0 shutout over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

The Sharks' backup netminder allowed 13 goals in his previous three starting appearances but improved his record Monday to 6-7-1. He also improved his goals-against average to 2.61 and his save percentage to .904. So is Stalock worthy of being added now to your fantasy team? Well, no. But don't disregard what he accomplished Monday. A shutout against a very good Montreal team and all-star goalie Carey Price certainly deserves at least a little respect. The shutout was Stalock's second of the season and fourth of his career.
Mar 3 - 12:55 AM

Shortly after being acquired by the Sharks, Ben Smith contributed a goal and an assist in a 4-0 shutout of the visiting Montreal Canadiens in San Jose Monday night.

Smith was obtained on trade-deadline Monday by the Sharks from the Chicago Blackhawks for Andrew Desjardins. Then he went out and scored San Jose's first goal of the night at 6:51 of the first period and assisted on Matt Irwin's goal at 6:28 of the second period. Don't let Smith's San Jose debut fool you. As Rotoworld's Michael Finewax wrote on his trade deadline blog shortly after the Smith-Desjardins deal: "Smith will help out the Sharks' bottom-six forwards and is a good penalty killer who can score the occasional goal. Will help out but not much of a fantasy asset." Smith now has six goals and five assists on the season. Joe Pavelski also had a goal (32nd) and an assist (27th) for the Sharks. Patrick Marleau picked up his 15th goal of the season.
Mar 3 - 12:48 AM

Chris Tierney is expected to suit up Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Tierney was just called up from the AHL earlier in the day and will be in the lineup Monday night. With all the trades the Sharks made Sunday and Monday, the 20-year-old rookie will get a chance to dress. He's played in 24 games this year while registering a goal and six assists with a plus one rating.
Mar 2 - 8:39 PM

Chris Tierney has been brought up by San Jose.

He has accumulated 24 points, including 17 assists, in 27 games with Worcester this season. Tierney also has one goal and seven points in 24 outings with San Jose.
Mar 2 - 6:08 PM

Ben Smith will suit up for Monday's contest with the Canadiens after being acquired earlier in the day.

Smith was just acquired by the Sharks in exchange for Andrew Desjardins Monday morning and will be able to play versus Montreal tonight. Smith is a bottom six forward with five goals and four assists in 61 games this season. He does not carry any fantasy value.
Mar 2 - 3:27 PM

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