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NHL on NBCSN: Sharks, Blues gear up for 2012 playoff rematch

Feb 19, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues is introduced prior to playing against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center on January 19, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.
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NBCSN’s ongoing coverage of the 2013 campaign will continue tonight when the St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks at the Scottrade Center at 8:00 p.m. ET.

In January, the Sharks could do no wrong thanks in part to an explosive offense led by forwards Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, and Joe Pavelski.

They earned seven straight victories that month – and they haven’t won since. Instead, San Jose has a 0-4-3 record in February and the trio that instilled fear into goaltenders earlier this season has combined for just four points this month.

Still, Sharks GM Doug Wilson is preaching patience.

“There are other teams that have gone through phases of losing some games, other very good, talented teams out there that are not on top of their game to the level they want to be,” Wilson said.

Until recently, Wilson might have been referring to their opponents tonight.

The Blues also got off to a hot start this season only to struggle in February. They lost five straight games, in part because starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak suffered a groin injury and netminder Brian Elliott was lit up in his absence.

However, the Blues bounced back with 22-year-old goaltender Jake Allen between the pipes. Halak has recovered as well, although Allen will start tonight, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

With St. Louis rising and San Jose looking for answers, the Sharks probably wish this meeting was under different circumstances. This is the two squads’ first match since the Blues dismissed San Jose in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

Just a few weeks ago, the Sharks could have used this game to prove that they’ve moved past their 2012 shortcomings. Now they are limited to a far more basic need: Two points.

Probable goaltenders: STL – Allen (3-0-0, 2.76 GAA, .888 SV%) | SJS – Antti Niemi (6-2-3, 1.94 GAA, .930 SV%)

Top scorers: STL – Alexander Steen (4-11-15, 15 GP) | SJS – Marleau and Thornton are tied with 15 points in 14 games.

Notable Injuries:
St. Louis – Forwards: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)
San Jose – Forwards: James Sheppard (lower body), Andrew Desjardins (illness)

  1. sjsharks66 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Hopefully get some payback for Moore as well.

  2. blues1988 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    don’t open that door:

  3. sjsharks66 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    What does that have to do with the sucker punch Moore got? Your point is invalid. Maybe he will ask Clowe to fight instead of braun this time. Then we can see what happens haha

    • blues1988 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      well i wasn’t talking to you, i was coming in here to post that regardless, see how i didn’t “reply” to your comment. and oh really, clowe would beat up polak? that’s funny, kind of like the year clowe is having this year. also i didn’t know you could “sucker punch” someone in the middle of a fight, he could have pummeled his face in way worse but didn’t. he gave him one punch on the ice to end it and broke his nose, cry about it.

  4. rebel21das - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Would be nice to see the Sharks wake up tonight and turn things around.

  5. sjsharks66 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Yeah, i do think clowe would beat him. Im sure many others do as well. How were the playoffs for you guys the past 8 years? 😉 we will see tonight what happens.

    • mhazz84 - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      “How were the playoffs for you guys the past 8 years?”

      I’d say pretty much the same as they were for you, idiot. Or did you believe the sharks had won the cup before?

  6. buffalomafia - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Should be a good game with Blues winning!

  7. sjsharks66 - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Oh yeah, thats right. Because at least making the playoffs is not a form of AT LEAST some success on a season. You’re right, sorry about that! I guess this idiot will just remember that not making the playoffs for years is the same as making them for years.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      still bitter about getting humiliated last year? how many times did we shut you out through the regular season and the 4 game sweep in the playoffs? who does Jeremy Roenick routinely and correctly scold for being lazy and not giving 100% effort? what team has been picked to win the cup several years in a row and not even come close to producing one successful playoff run? what team has been called “the biggest underachievers in the NHL” by just about every hockey columnist out there?

  8. sjsharks66 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Sorry, i cannot take any of that serious. You beat us in 5 games not a 4 game sweep. Remember the 2nd overtime goal in game one. Get your facts straight. :)

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