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It’s game day! But before we delve into tonight’s game, let’s recap some of the events from this week.
After the San Jose Sharks’ 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Wild coach Mike Yeo angrily accused San Jose of embellishment. Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart was hit with a high stick early in the first period of the game, and Yeo in particular didn’t approve of Stuart’s reaction. He wasn’t shy about accusing the Sharks of overacting in order to draw a penalty from his team, stating,
“It must be nice to draw penalties like that,” Yeo said. “The other team goes stick on puck and you just kind of hold your head. Make sure you look at the first penalty. Because to me, that’s embarrassing. I don’t know. I guess we’ve got to ask our players to embellish more.”
Sounds like sour grapes to us.
Coach Yeo must have seen the replay of the penalty, where Stuart actually WAS clocked in the chin with the stick. Yeo personally reached out to Sharks’ head coach Scott McLellan to apologize for his comments. McLellan was initially upset about Yeo’s accusation, but ultimately accepted his apology, stating that coaching can be an emotional job.
The Sharks play the Wild again on January 25.
Sharks Looking to Start a New Winning Streak
San Jose travels to Music City to take on the Nashville Predators (15-14-3) Saturday night. They’d like to continue their winning ways and climb back into the top two in the Western Conference, but will face exciting 19-year-old newcomer in Seth Jones.
Unlike the Shark’s own boy wonder, Tomas Hertl, Jones is a defensemen but has immense talent on both ends of the ice. He started the season with a bang, but has since seen cut in his ice time as of late. His fewer minutes weren’t due to a lack of production, but a realization by Predators’ coaching staff that Jones is still a young, maturing player and so many minutes on the ice may be too much physically for his age. Make no mistake, Jones will be a force to be reckoned with.
On the home front, Shark’s forward Joe Pavelski has three goals in the last two games. Look for his scoring streak to continue tonight. Logan Couture may not be seeing as many goals as he’s used to this season, but he is currently leading the league with 40 blocked shots. Not to be outdone, Pavelski is fifth with 34, and Tommy Wingels squeezes in the top ten with 31 blocks.
Sharks take on the Predators at 5pm PST. Catch the game on CSN-CA and FS-TN.
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