dglobalnews.com Sharks Cs Thornton, Couture day to day heading into playoffs
Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Sharks Cs Thornton, Couture day to day heading into playoffs

Sharks Cs Thornton, Couture day to day heading into playoffs

Centers Joe Thornton and Logan Couture are day to day with injuries for the Sharks.

The Oilers forward lost a tooth on a high stick before returning to score the go-ahead goal on the ensuing power play in the third period as Edmonton defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Saturday to clinch at least second place in the Pacific Division.

"He looked good", DeBoer said.

The Sharks are the defending Western Conference champions, with savvy veterans who have been to the postseason plenty of times.

We all know that the playoffs are "a new season", and everyone starts from scratch.

He said the pain associated with simply eating, breathing and talking feels, "a little bit better".

"We have enough experience in this locker room to handle the playoffs", he said.

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- #GOilers Babic (@TheAndyBabic) April 10, 2017@SanJoseSharks @EdmontonOilers You know Alberta is landlocked right... They set a franchise record winning their last nine games at home. Over such a small sample, it's possible that the Sharks can find their groove and take advantage of the Oilers' below average penalty kill, and especially so if Talbot, who ranks 23rd in 4v5 SV% (.879), remains beatable.

The Canucks, who will miss the playoffs for second straight spring and the third time in four years, are an NHL-worst 7-22-3 since January 25, a run that has seen them tumble to 29th in the overall standings.

Newwest President is Dennis Laliberte said with the Oilers opponent only decided on Sunday night, it was a challenge to put the packages together so fast. The Sharks, however, can derive some hope from some potential shorthanded regression for the Oilers.

Accounting for differences in time spent shorthanded, and examining the rate at which Edmonton and San Jose allow shot attempts and goals in 4v5 situations (by far the most common), the team's similarities are even more striking.

Twitter Canada posted a blog Monday, examining the Canadian teams that made the Stanley Cup playoffs, their followers and popularity on the micro blogging site. As for overall energy, the Sharks looked gassed over their final few weeks, perhaps feeling the effects of their long run last season combined with the World Cup in the September and the condensed National Hockey League schedule. The Sharks allow 3.25 more unblocked attempts (71.19 FA60) and 2.34 more shots (49.31 SA60) than the Oilers (67.94 FA60, 47.97 SA60), and that discrepancy was on full display when the teams last played on Thursday. But it's clear the Oilers live and die with McDavid, who has never played in the National Hockey League playoffs where space and time seem to disappear. Jones cemented his status with a terrific performance last spring in leading the Sharks to the Stanley Cup finals. "Honestly the seats themselves don't really matter it's just going to the playoffs period, that is the big accomplishment here".

Just 2-12-2 over their last 16 games overall, the club's last victory in regulation in Vancouver came on January 20.

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