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Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Helps rattle host Chicago
Hertl scored at even strength and also picked up a power-play assist in Sunday's 7-3 road win over the Blackhawks.
Hertl is on fire having produced three multi-point outings over the last four games. Even though he's up to 10 goals and 15 assists on the season, there are four members of Team Teal with more points than the sixth-year winger from the Czech Republic. This isn't a knock on Hertl but a reminder that the Sharks have plenty of mouths to feed, thus making it difficult to determine who's going to be a fantasy hockey hero on any given night.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Melker Karlsson: Joins in on scoring frenzy
Karlsson contributed a goal and an assist in Sunday's 7-3 road win over the Blackhawks.
Only five Sharks skaters have fewer points than Karlsson, who's brushed twine only three times with that same number of helpers through 34 games. However, if you're trying to catch lightning in a bottle, the Sharks are a good place to look for offensive production since this team tends to spread the wealth across the four lines and runs the league's ninth-best power play at 23 percent.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Brent Burns: Setting up goals with aplomb
Burns generated three assists in Sunday's 7-3 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago. Two of the apples took place on the power play.
There were plenty of questions about how the offseason addition of Erik Karlsson would impact Burns' game, but the bearded beast is currently rocking the best scoring pace (0.94 points per game) of his 14-year career.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Evander Kane: Stuffs box score
Kane amassed a power-play goal, an even-strength assist, four PIM, five hits and five blocked shots in Sunday's 7-3 road win over the Blackhawks.
Kane certainly made his presence felt in this commanding victory at the United Center. Aside from back-to-back goals against interconference foes Dallas and Arizona last week, the abrasive but talented winger otherwise hadn't produced any offense in seven December games leading up to the action Sunday. Inconsistency has been a real problem for Kane in his 10th NHL season, so we'll have to see if he can build upon this two-point effort in Tuesday's clash facing host Minnesota.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Aaron Dell: Impenetrable in comeback win
Dell set aside all 16 shots in relief of a struggling Martin Jones on Sunday. The Sharks mounted a comeback and defeated the Blackhawks on the road, 7-3.
The workload was light for Dell, as the puck traveled in his path just 13 times during 5-on-5 action and thrice on the Chicago power play. Indeed, his teammates were busy giving Cam Ward a sunburn on the opposite end -- we're talking five unanswered goals for Team Teal while Dell was hanging out in the visitor's cage. Perhaps this win will earn him another start in the near future, but Dell's only appeared in two of a possible seven games this month since the Sharks still seem to have a lot of faith in Jones as the No. 1 goaltender.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Martin Jones: Short leash in latest outing
Jones was pulled from Sunday's game against the Blackhawks upon allowing three goals on four shots through 13:53 of crease time. He was replaced by Aaron Dell, who ended up securing the win.
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer's decision to have Dell replace Jones ended up being a wise one, as the backup was flawless in relief -- he picked up 16 saves and the team rallied behind Dell with five unanswered goals. You could say that Jones was due for a rough outing since he entered the contest with four wins in six December appearances after maintaining an uninspiring .882 save percentage through the first two months of the season. The night belonged to Dell, but Jones still has a good amount of job security as the No. 1 option for the Sharks.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Martin Jones: Patrolling the crease Sunday
Jones will draw the start for Sunday's road tilt against the Blackhawks.
Not much of a surprise here as Jones has started six of the last seven games for San Jose. During that span, the 6-foot-4 netminder has a 4-2-0 record with a strong 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage. Despite a bit of a down yer overall, Jones should still be trusted in most fantasy formats.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Joe Thornton: Delivers winning goal
Thornton scored a goal in Thursday's 3-2 win over Dallas.
Thornton's third-period tally gave his team a 3-1 lead and turned into the game-winner when the visiting Stars managed to get one back. It looks like the undisclosed injury that put Thornton's status for this one in question was nothing serious, so deploy Jumbo Joe as you normally would moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Logan Couture: Approaching point per game
Couture dished out a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Stars.
Both of Couture's helpers came on goals by Timo Meier. Couture's closing in on a point-per-game pace with 32 points in 33 games. He's on pace to eclipse his 2014-15 career high of 67 points.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Timo Meier: Not slowing down in breakout season
Meier potted two goals in Thursday's 3-2 win over Dallas.
That's back-to-back two-goal games for Meier, who's up to 18 goals and 32 points through 30 appearances this season. The 22-year-old winger's breaking out in a big way, as he's already approaching last season's totals of 21 goals and 36 points in 81 games.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Martin Jones: Benefits from defense in win
Jones made 20 saves in Thursday's 3-2 win over Dallas.
San Jose continues to limit the shots against Jones, which is why he's been able to compile a 13-7-3 record with just a .900 save percentage. If Jones can start to approach the .915 mark he posted last season, he'd become one of the most valuable fantasy goalies in the league given the talent in front of him.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Joe Thornton: Good to go
Thornton (undisclosed) is on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Stars, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Thornton is expected to slot into his usual spot in the lineup, skating on San Jose's third line and second power-play unit against Dallas. The 39-year-old has remained a solid depth scorer at his advanced age for the Sharks this campaign, notching four goals and 12 points in 23 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Martin Jones: In goal against Stars
Jones will be between the pipes for Thursday's home clash with Dallas, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Jones is 0-2-0 in his matchups with the Stars this season, while posting an .865 save percentage and 3.62 GAA. Considering the Sharks are allowing a mere 29.0 shot per game (fifth-fewest in the league), it could be another light workload for the netminder.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Joe Thornton: No lock to play Thursday
Thornton is questionable for Thursday night's home game against the Stars, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports. According to Sharks coach Peter DeBoer, the veteran center is "dealing with a little something."
The vague disclosure of Thornton's issue makes it difficult to tell how much time he will miss -- if any time at all -- but we're talking about a 39-year-old who probably requires more day-to-day maintenance that your average player. Look for the Sharks to provide another update on his status ahead of the next game.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Rourke Chartier: Recalled by parent club
The Sharks recalled Chartier from AHL San Jose on Wednesday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Chartier has played well in the minors this season, notching two goals and eight points in eight contests, but he hasn't been able to carry that success with him to the NHL level, as he's only tallied one goal in 13 appearances with the Sharks this campaign. The 22-year-old forward's next opportunity to crack the big club's lineup will arrive Thursday against Dallas.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Tomas Hertl: Two points in convincing win
Hertl generated a power-play goal and an assist in Monday's 5-2 victory over the Devils in San Jose.
The Sharks have a penchant for creating scoring chances around the crease, and this time it was Hertl with the nifty spin move to guide the puck around a few defenders and past netminder Keith Kinkaid. Hertl is up to nine goals and 14 assists through 27 games, which has the Czech skater on pace for 20 more single-season points than he's ever had before.... See More ... See Less