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Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock will be between the pipes on Saturday against Buffalo, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: The Sharks started the year alternating games between Stalock and Antti Niemi, but after two consecutive losses by Stalock, Niemi has started the past two. He struggled in those two, 5-3 and 5-4 losses, so Stalock could continue to earn more starts with a strong performance.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Couture scored his fourth goal and registered his fourth assist in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Couture has seven points in his last four games after recording just an assist in his first four contests.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Pavelski scored twice in Thursday's loss to Columbus.
Impact: Pavelski has four goals and four assists through eight games and is a plus-six.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes was sent to AHL Worcester on Friday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Hayes played in just four of the team's eight games, failing to record a point. In 19 career games in the NHL, he has just one goal and no assists.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture added two points, a goal and an assist, in a loss to the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Impact: Couture is starting to heat up, with multiple points in three of his last four. He probably won't stay at this pace, with seven points in the team's last four games, but he figures to remain a top fantasy option going forward.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burish opened the scoring Thursday in a loss to the Jackets with his first goal since March 5, 2013.
Impact: Limited to just 15 games last season, Burish didn't record a single point, so we have to go all the way back to March of the season before to find his last goal. On the bright side, with two points in eight games this year, Burish is on pace to blow away the three points he posted over 61 games spanning the last two seasons.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Impact: While they were big goals at the time -- a power-play tally to give the Sharks a 2-0 first-period lead and an even-strength goal to tie the game at 3-3 -- it wasn't enough to get the team a win. But that blame can hardly be set at Pavelski's feet. He's off to a point-per-game start over eight games this year, and six of those points have come in his last four contests.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi was tagged for five goals on 28 shots in Thursday's loss to the Jackets.
Impact: An ugly outing for Niemi, who was staked to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission, only to give up three unanswered goals in the second period, then was bailed out by two more goals in the third period to give the Sharks a 4-3 lead ... which he then surrendered in the latter half of the period, capped by Mark Letestu's goal with 21 seconds remaining. Niemi's now been lit up for 16 goals in his last four starts. With the offense-starved Sabres coming up next on the schedule (Saturday), Niemi's fantasy owners will have to hope that the Sharks keep him in the lineup rather than going to Alex Stalock.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks will scratch Scott in Thursday's game against Columbus, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News.
Impact: Scott has barely seen any ice time this season even when he is playing, with a season high of 6:36. Scott's fantasy contributions are largely limited to whatever PIM he collects, so this shouldn't affect too many rosters. There are better options out there.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tierney will be a scratch for the second straight game Thursday, according to Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News.
Impact: Tierney played some good hockey so far, but he's young and the return of James Sheppard may crowd him out of the lineup and see him returning to the AHL to get more ice time.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mueller will again be a scratch Thursday against the Blue Jackets, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.
Impact: That means Mueller will be out of the lineup for the third time in the team's first eight games. Many have speculated that Mueller could be headed to the WHL soon to get more ice time, but coach Todd McLellan has resisted that temptation, saying that the defenseman is "not going anywhere."
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi will be between the pipes Thursday against Columbus, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: For the first time this season, coach Todd McLellan will break his trend of alternating starts between his goalies, as Niemi will be in the net for his second consecutive outing. Niemi is 3-1 this season with a save percentage of .920 and a GAA of 2.70. He's playing well and battling hard to really lock down that starting position over Alex Stalock.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Couture had a pair of goals in a 5-3 loss to Boston on Tuesday night.
Impact: Couture has five points in the last three games (three goals, two assists) after recording one assist in his first four this season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scott didn't tally any meaningful statistics through 5:00 of ice time in a loss to the Bruins on Tuesday.
Impact: Despite scoring in the first game of the season, Scott has no other meaningful stats this year. His plus/minus is even and he has no penalty minutes and no shots in his last two games for an average of .67 shots per game with a season-high ice time of 6:36. Scott isn't likely to suit up every night and won't produce many results if he's on your team.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wingels had an assist and a shot in the Sharks' loss to Boston on Tuesday.
Impact: Wingels has three goals and two assists through the opening seven games of the season. He remains a somewhat under-the-radar forward who will pile up a respectable amount of points and a nice chunk of hits.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Braun had an assist, a plus-1 rating, and a shot in the Sharks loss to the Bruins on Tuesday.
Impact: Braun has three assists through the season's opening seven games, as well as a plus-3 rating. Braun remains a serviceable fantasy option, but he doesn't stand out in any category.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes had three shots but wasn't able to get on the scoresheet for the Sharks through 10:51 of ice time in Tuesday's loss to Boston.
Impact: Hayes has played three games since getting recalled from the AHL, but he has yet to put a point on the board. He's currently sporting a minus-2 rating and averaging 2.67 shots per game.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marleau added two assists to his ledger Tuesday versus the Bruins.
Impact: Marleau has been a force offensively for the Sharks in the early stages of the season, accumulating four goals and five assists in seven games. However, the Sharks' back-to-back losses resulted in Marleau taking a collective minus-3 rating during that time, putting him on the negative side of that category for the season.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton scored a goal in the second period of Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Impact: Thornton doesn't often look for his own shot these days, but he was able to find the net Tuesday for the second time in three games. The lack of diversity in his scoring may prevent him from yielding the fantasy value of some of the league's top pivots, but Thornton should be able to make another run at an 80-point campaign.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns recorded an assist and attempted six shots on goal in Tuesday's loss to the Bruins.
Impact: The move to defense has done nothing to deter Burns' fantasy production -- in fact, he may be more valuable than ever. He's already piled up a goal and seven assists in seven games, and is on pace to crush last season's totals in penalty minutes and blocked shots. He's certainly not expected to continue his point-per-game production, but Burns could quite possibly finish the season as a top-tier fantasy defenseman.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sheppard (knee) has been activated from his rehab assignment at AHL Worcester, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: After appearing in two rehab games for Worcester over the weekend, Sheppard was given clearance to return to the NHL club, with whom he'll make his season debut Tuesday versus the Bruins. He's set to man the Sharks' third line, with Andrew Desjardins and Tomas Hertl flanking him on the wings.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Torres (knee) will not require a second operation on his torn ACL, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: It's a fortunate bit of news for Torres, and while he's now in line to return earlier than originally anticipated, he's still looking at a lengthy recover timetable. Rather than opting for surgery, Torres will instead work on strengthening the muscles around the injured right knee, a process that will likely last two months or longer. Torres will train in his native Toronto before visiting the Sharks staff for a checkup at some point in November or December.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture scored two of the Sharks' three goals on a game-high eight shots and went minus-2 in Tuesday's loss to Boston.
Impact: Couture started the year quietly, with just a lonely assist over his first four games, but has now poured in five points over his last three contests. We all know that as long as he stays healthy, the numbers will be there at season's end.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi's season-opening winning streak ended at three games Tuesday when he allowed four goals on 32 shots in a loss to the Bruins.
Impact: The Sharks have lost three out of four, and neither Alex Stalock nor Niemi has excelled sufficiently to pull away from the other. They'll continue to split starts until one can get hot; one gets the feeling that if Niemi had delivered the goods Tuesday, he would have had an opportunity to win much more playing time going forward. But alas, it was not to be.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mueller will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: It will be the second time in a week that Mueller will serve as a healthy scratch for the Sharks. The team has been generally pleased with how the rookie has played in his first five games of NHL action, though he hasn't generated much offense (one assist, four shots on goal) to go along with his strong defensive statistics (five hits, 11 blocked shots). However, given the team's recent willingness to send Mueller to the press box, there's a real possibility the 19-year-old could be shipped to the minors if the trend continues in the games to come.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tierney will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: The return of James Sheppard (knee) from injured reserve will result in Tierney's removal from the lineup for the first time this season. Coach Todd McLellan offered some hope that Tuesday's move to the press box wouldn't become a permanent trend for Tierney, suggesting that observers shouldn't "read a whole lot" into the decision. Tierney produced two points and a minus-1 rating over his first six games while primarily manning the third-line center spot for the Sharks.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl will play on the Sharks' third line with James Sheppard and Andrew Desjardins on Tuesday versus the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: After the Sharks were shut out by the Rangers over the weekend, coach Todd McLellan has decided to tinker with all four of his lines in an attempt to spark some offense. With two points (both goals) and seven shots on goal over six games, Hertl hasn't done much to take advantage of his prime position on the top line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton. Joining inferior offensive talents in Desjardins and Sheppard probably won't help Hertl rediscover the scoring touch he showed as a rookie.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nieto will join Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski on the Sharks' second line Tuesday versus the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: After an uninspiring 4-0 loss to the Rangers over the weekend, coach Todd McLellan will shake up his lines in the hopes of revitalizing the offense. Nieto has gone without a point in his last three games after getting off to a hot start to the season, but playing with talents like Pavelski and Thornton could help spark the youngster's production. The line arrangement isn't expected to last long-term, but Nieto might make for an inexpensive, high-quality speculative play in daily formats Tuesday.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi will start Tuesday's game against the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: The undefeated Niemi will get the start as the Sharks continue to alternate goalies every other game. He will take on a Boston team that tallied eight goals over its last two games after scoring just six times in its first five games of the season.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock will start in goal Sunday against the Rangers, David Pollak of the Mercury News reports.
Impact: Stalock has put up a couple of solid starts so far this season, and will look for another one Sunday as he continues his quest to earn the team's starting spot.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock allowed four goals on 29 shots in a 4-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Impact: Stalock had been solid in his first two starts, but was shakier on Sunday, lowlighted by a three-goal second period that included two goals in four seconds. So far, the Sharks' two goalies have alternated games, and Sunday's effort didn't help Stalock's case to become the full-time starter.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Marleau had a goal and one assist as the Sharks beat the pesky New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday night.
Impact: Marleau is kicking butt with seven points in a scorching start.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Pavelski had a goal and two assists as the Sharks beat the pesky New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday night.
Impact: Pavelski is up to five points on the young season.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Niemi made 35 saves as the Sharks beat the pesky New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday night.
Impact: Niemi has posted a 1.85 GAA in a 3-0-0 start.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Couture had a goal and two assists as the Sharks beat the pesky New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Saturday night.
Impact: Couture had one point in a poor four-game start before this outburst.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marleau registered a goal and assist in Sunday's win over the Devils.
Impact: The goal was Marleau's fourth of the season and went down as the game-winner in the 4-2 victory. The 35-year-old has contributed seven points through the Sharks' first five games, demonstrating his usual prowess on the team's second line and top power-play unit.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi turned away 35 shots Saturday to preserve a 4-2 victory for the Sharks.
Impact: Though he let in two third-period goals to give the Devils some life, Niemi slammed the door on their upset bid late in the game with a trio of excellent stops on Michael Cammalleri, Adam Henrique, and Damien Brunner. Niemi has came out on the winning end on all three of his starts this season, but the excellence of co-No. 1 goalie Alex Stalock thus far ensures that the Sharks' netminding situation will remain a timeshare.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski had a big fantasy night Saturday in a win over the Devils. He scored a power-play goal and added two assists, one of which came with the man advantage.
Impact: He has five points in his last four games. Most pundits pegged Pavelski for a drop in output from last season and we agree -- how many guys whose production spikes at age 29 figure out a way to replicate or better those numbers? Still, a 25- to 30-goal, 60- to 65-point campaign is within reach.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Couture scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 4-2 win over New Jersey. The goal and one assist came on the power play.
Impact: He'd been quiet offensively up to Saturday but exploded against the Devils. The Sharks are his team now, so don't be surprised by a 30-plus goal, 70-plus point season. Use him well.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Demers will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Devils, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: It will be the first time out of the lineup this season for Demers, who tallied two assists, three hits and seven blocked shots over his first four games. Scott Hannan reenters the lineup as a result, in what should only be a one-game absence for Demers.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown (hand) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: Brown was set to miss multiple games after hurting his hand last Saturday following a blocked shot, so the move to injured reserve doesn't come as a major surprise. Eriah Hayes was recalled from AHL Worcester to fill the void in the Sharks' bottom six.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes was recalled from AHL Worcester on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: It looks like Hayes will join the lineup right away for the Sharks, occupying a spot on the fourth line with Andrew Desjardins and Adam Burish. The addition of Hayes, who was previously waived by the Sharks shortly after the start of the season, should give the team a little more speed on the checking line in lieu of John Scott.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi will get the starting nod Saturday against the Devils, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Though Alex Stalock has been the superior goalie for the Sharks through the team's first four games, Niemi certainly hasn't been a liability. Niemi's stock took a hit after he allowed five goals in his most recent outing, but he's still sitting on a respectable 2.40 goals-against average and .926 save percentage over his two turns. Coach Todd McLellan will continue to stick with the alternate starting pattern for his goalies, but if Niemi turns in a dud Saturday, Stalock could soon start seeing a larger portion of the timeshare.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Thornton notched a pair of assists in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss against the Islanders.
Impact: While Thornton has yet to score, he has five assists in the last three games.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sheppard (knee) was sent to AHL Worcester on a conditioning assignment Friday.
Impact: Sheppard was placed on injured reserve to start the season after sustaining a left knee injury during training camp. Once he logs a few games at Worcester, Sheppard figures to return to the Sharks in a bottom-six role.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mueller picked up his first NHL point on Thursday, assisting on Brent Burns' second-period goal in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Isles.
Impact: The No. 18 pick in 2013, Mueller hasn't shown a ton of offense yet, but he's just 19 years old and has plenty of developing to do. For now, we'll just be happy that the Swiss blueliner got on the board.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton picked up two assists for the second straight game in Thursday's shootout loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Since a scoreless opener, Thorny's piled up five helpers in three games. It's quite reasonable to expect the typical 60-plus helpers from him again this year.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock put a stop to 42 of 45 shots Thursday against the Isles, but was toppled in the shootout.
Impact: Stalock held the fort despite facing nearly twice as many pucks as opposing netminder Jaroslav Halak, which should count in his favor despite the losing outcome. He's played well in both of his starts so far this year, while Antti Niemi's got a good one and a bad one. Stalock's going to need Niemi to have some more bad ones while staying strong himself if he wants to take over the starting role.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns scored his first goal of the year Thursday in a shootout loss to the Islanders. He added a power-play assist, two PIM and a plus-1 rating.
Impact: That's a four-game point streak for Burns to open the year, and he's filling the sheet in plenty of other categories too -- plus-minus, PIM, hits, blocked shots. Roll him out and enjoy.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Sharks have announced that it will be Alex Stalock and not Niemi in net for Thursday's game against the Islanders, reports David Pollak of the Mercury News.
Impact: Niemi had a tough second outing, and the team is still unsure of who's No. 1. It's not surprising that they're going back and forth between the two netminders until one emerges as the clear starter.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Islanders, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Stalock shut out the Jets on Saturday in his first start of the season, but he will hard pressed to replicate that feat Thursday against an Islanders team that's scored 15 goals over its first three games of the season.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nieto had an assist Tuesday, extending his point streak to three games in a win over Washington.
Impact: Nieto may not be getting top-line minutes, but he's producing at a good clip, with a goal and two assists through the season's opening three games.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Burns had an assist and a shot through 23:43 of ice time in Tuesday's win over Washington.
Impact: Despite the move back to defense, Burns has a point in all three games this season, totaling four assists. The Caveman is an offensive threat at any position.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Brown has an upper-body injury and will not play on the Sharks' five-game road trip.
Impact: Brown hopes to return soon.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Irwin scored twice in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout win at Washington.
Impact: Irwin's two goals matched his total from all of last year (62 games).
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scott made a splash in his San Jose debut Tuesday versus the Capitals, scoring a goal in the first period to stake the Sharks to a 3-0 lead.
Impact: The goal was just the third of Scott's 237-game career. The 6-foot-8, 260-pounder lacks the fluidity as a skater to make meaningful contributions on offense, so the Sharks will simply be grateful to witness the hockey equivalent of a shooting star in seeing Scott find the net. He'll offer most of his fantasy value this season in the penalty box.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelski scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's shootout victory over the Capitals.
Impact: In addition to notching the tally in regulation, Pavelski was the only skater to score in the shootout, aiding the Sharks to their third victory in as many games. Eclipsing last season's 79-point total might be a stretch for Pavelski, but with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl working with him on the top line, another huge campaign seems to be in the forecast.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wingels scored his third goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's shootout win over the Capitals.
Impact: After a miniature breakout to the tune of 38 points last season, Wingels is off to a fine start this year, with four points in three games. He won't keep that pace up, but 40-plus points with good plus-minus will certainly play in a lot of fantasy formats.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thornton picked up a pair of assists and two PIM while going plus-2 in Tuesday's shootout win over the Capitals.
Impact: Coming off a season in which he took just 122 shots in 82 games -- the worst full-season total of his career -- Thornton's put just four pucks on net in three games so far. But his playmaking is still as sharp as ever despite the Sharks' coaching and management both snubbing him recently.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irwin celebrated joining the lineup for the first time this year by potting a pair of first-period goals -- one on the power play -- in Tuesday's shootout win over the Capitals.
Impact: Well, that's a bit out of nowhere. Just 4:36 into the first period of his first game of the year, Irwin equaled his goal total from 62 games last year. At 26 years old, this is something of a make-or-break season for Irwin, but he has decent offensive instincts and could develop some under-the-radar fantasy utility if he gets some run.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi gave up five goals, including two comeback tallies late in the third period, on 34 shots Tuesday, but held on to beat the Capitals in a shootout.
Impact: Niemi did stop all three shootout attempts. It's still a far cry from the shutout he posted in his first start this year, but at least Niemi was able to salvage a win. The Sharks jumped him out to a 3-0 first-period lead and led 5-3 with six minutes left in the third period, but late goals by Alex Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer made it an overtime affair.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mueller will be a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Capitals, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: The 19-year-old has posted a plus-2 rating and averaged 19:24 of ice time while playing in the Sharks' first two games, but he'll give way to Matt Irwin on Thursday. However, because Mueller has generally held up well in his first taste of NHL action, it doesn't seem likely that Irwin will regularly displace him in the lineup.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irwin will make his season debut Tuesday against the Capitals, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impact: The emergence of Mirco Mueller resulted in Irwin spending the first two games in the press box, but he'll spell the rookie Tuesday and make his season debut. Mueller has done little to jeopardize his standing with the Sharks thus far, which could make it difficult for Irwin to reclaim a regular role on defense. Irwin offered decent production in 62 games last season, scoring two goals and chipping in 17 assists and 35 penalty minutes.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown (hand) appears set to miss multiple games, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: The Sharks haven't provided word on the extent of the left hand injury Brown suffered Saturday night, but it looks like the team will at least give him a few extra days of rest before determining whether he'll require a stay on injured reserve. John Scott will take his spot in the lineup for the foreseeable future.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scott will make his season debut Tuesday against the Capitals, CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: The lumbering enforcer will be tasked with filling in for fourth-liner Mike Brown, who looks set to miss multiple games with a left hand injury. Scott engages in fisticuffs with the best of them (125 PIM in 56 games), but he's almost a complete black hole offensively. The lone goal he scored last season with the Sabres ended a 165-game streak without finding the net.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Niemi was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and will be in the net Tuesday against Washington, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports.
Impact: Neither Niemi nor Alex Stalock has gained much ground in their competition for the top goalie job last week, as both turned in impressive shutouts in their lone starts. A road test against an improved Capitals team offers an excellent opportunity for Niemi to stake a stronger claim to the No. 1 gig, but he'll need Stalock to flop in his subsequent outings as well.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Burns recorded his third assist in Saturday's win over Winnipeg.
Impact: Burns looks like he could challenge his career-high of 29 assists from 2010-11 when he was still with Minnesota.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Marleau had his second goal and second assist in Saturday's win over Winnipeg.
Impact: Marleau is off to a strong start with a pair of two-point games.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Stalock recorded his third career shutout Saturday, stopping 30 shots in a win over Winnipeg.
Impact: The San Jose No. 1 goaltending job appears to be up for grabs between Stalock and Antti Niemi, so continue to monitor the situation.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown exited Saturday's game in the second period with a left hand injury, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Brown suffered the injury while blocking a shot by the Jets' Paul Postma. He'll be evaluated before the Sharks return to practice Sunday and should be viewed as questionable for Tuesday's tilt with the Capitals.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vlasic kicked off the Sharks' scoring Saturday against the Jets with a goal less than four minutes into the action.
Impact: Vlasic was credited with the tally when his shot from the point deflected off a Jets defenseman and into the goal. The Canadian Olympian is valued primarily for his contributions on his own end, but with two points and a plus-3 rating through two games, he's been a prime asset for fantasy owners in the early going.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hertl potted a goal in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Jets.
Impact: Hertl's tally gave the Sharks a two-goal lead just five minutes in the game, with the young Czech forward using his considerable burst to track down a Joe Thornton pass and then burying the puck past goalie Ondrej Pavelec. The 20-year-old was arguably running neck-and-neck with the Avs' Nathan MacKinnon for the Calder Trophy last season before suffering a long-term knee injury in December, so 50 to 60 points could be a realistic expectation if he's able to log a full season of action.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marleau contributed a goal and a secondary assist in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Jets.
Impact: That's four points in two games for the ageless wonder, whose second-period goal provided added insurance that would be unneeded for goalie Alex Stalock. Marleau took advantage of a puck misplay by the Jets' Zach Bogosian with just 29 seconds remaining in the period, beating goalie Ondrej Pavelec on a breakaway after an outlet pass from Matt Nieto. With no sign thus far that he's slowing down, the 35-year-old can probably again be counted upon to challenge for 70 points.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock turned in a 30-save shutout Saturday in a 3-0 victory over the Jets.
Impact: After Antti Niemi upped the ante with a shutout of the Kings in the season opener, Stalock didn't give an inch in the battle for top goaltending duties. Despite some sloppy play from his mates, Stalock helped the cause with a number of difficult saves, earning the the game's first star honors en route to his third career shutout. Expect the Sharks to turn the net back over to Niemi for Tuesday's match with the Capitals, with coach Todd McLellan likely to adopt an alternate starting pattern with his goalies while they both play well.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stalock will be in the crease Saturday against the Jets, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Impact: Stalock was expected to start after leading the Sharks off the ice at Friday's practice, as it appears coach Todd McLellan will give the young goalie a fair chance at usurping Antti Niemi for No. 1 netminding duties. Stalock, who went 12-5-2 with a 1.87 GAA and .932 save percentage in 24 games, will get a stiff test to begin his 2014-15 campaign. The Jets tore up the Coyotes for six goals in Thursday's season opener and have a wealth of offensive options at their disposal.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes was placed on waivers by the Sharks on Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Hayes' removal from the 23-man roster would seem to clear the way for Bradley Goodrow (hand) to return from the team's non-roster injury list. The 26-year-old Hayes tallied one goal in 15 games for the Sharks last season.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Marleau had a goal with an assist Wednesday.
Impact: Marleau is a serviceable, yet under-the-radar, fantasy option.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Wingels scored two goals in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Kings.
Impact: Wingels scored a career-high 16 goals last season.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Niemi made 34 saves Wednesday in a 4-0 victory over the reigning Stanley Cup champs.
Impact: It was his 28th career shutout.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Goodrow is out with a hand injury.
Impact: There's no information on a possible return date.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Kennedy is out with an upper-body injury.
Impact: He returned to practice this week, though it's uncertain when he'll return.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Sheppard has been shipped to the minors.
Impact: Sheppard had been battling a knee injury.