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Tomas Hertl, Tommy Wingels

‘Inconsistent’ Sharks get Wingels back versus Flames


It’s not all bad injury news for the San Jose Sharks. While they won’t have d-man Marc-Edouard Vlasic tonight against the Flames, at least key forward Tommy Wingels will be back.

Wingels has been activated from injured reserve after missing seven games with a broken hand. Versus Calgary, he’s expected to skate on the right side of a line with Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney.

The Sharks, perhaps the most inconsistent team in the NHL this season, lost another winnable game Saturday at home to Carolina — just the latest defeat to a team that won’t be participating in the playoffs this spring.

Tonight, not only will the Sharks be looking for redemption for Saturday’s effort, they’ll be trying to avenge last week’s 3-1 loss to the Flames in Calgary.

“We’re an inconsistent team this year. We need to fix that going forward,” forward Logan Couture said, per CSN Bay Area.

“We’ve got a stretch run here. We’re going to need to win a lot of games to get into the playoffs.”

PHT Morning Skate: Tom Hanks brings Wilson to Rangers-Bruins game

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tom Hanks and Brian Williams took in the NBCSN Rivalry Night game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers:

He also brought an old friend to the contest:

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The Rangers went on to earn a 3-2 victory. You can see the highlights below:

Could there be an alternative to Chris Hansen’s arena plan in Seattle? (Seattle Times)

Sidney Crosby excels when it comes to managing his off-ice responsibilities too. (USA Today)

Nail Yakupov is getting along well with new Oilers coach Todd Nelson. (Edmonton Sun)

Logan Couture got some playing time between the pipes last night:

Former New York Rangers player Vic Howe, the younger brother of Gordie Howe, has passed away. (NHL.com)

(Video) PHT Extra: Who will be picked last in the All-Star Fantasy Draft?

Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

We filmed this Wednesday, before Filip Forsberg and Johnny Gaudreau were added as All-Star Game replacements. So if it’s one of those two who gets picked last — and it very well could be — we’re off the hook.

Remember, it has to be a forward that’s picked last. Per the rules, “Each team will be comprised of three goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards. To ensure the final draft picks are not predetermined due to position requirements, each team’s three goaltenders must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the end of Round 15.”

It’s also pretty unlikely we’ll see a veteran like Radim Vrbata or Patrik Elias picked last, with the resultant embarrassment. More likely it’ll be a youngster, a la Phil Kessel and Logan Couture in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Anyway, watch:

It’s Kings-Sharks Rivalry Night in San Jose; it is also Metallica Night

Metallica Sharks

Nothing else matters except for what’s happening in the Bay Area tonight.

First, there’s the latest installment of the Sharks-Kings rivalry (10:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), the third rematch since last year’s unforgettable playoff series faded to black. The Kings, as you may remember, rallied from 0-3 down — or, depending how you look at it, San Jose collapsed from 3-0 up — to turn the page and eventually win the Stanley Cup.

This year, the Sharks went into seek and destroy mode for the season opener, thumping the Kings 4-0 on banner-raising night, but the bell tolled for San Jose in the rematch, as L.A. won 3-1 win on Dec. 27.

Oh yeah, there’s also something else going on this evening: METALLICA NIGHT.


From the band’s website:

“We have been long supporters of the Sharks going back to the mid-90’s when the team moved permanently to San Jose… over the years we’ve made many treks down to the Shark Tank. So it’s actually pretty fitting that we finally connect with the team for a night of metal and hockey and we want you to come along and partake of the festivities with us.

“We’ll be on hand for the first strains of ‘Seek & Destroy,’ kick off the game with the puck drop, and partake in some of the intermission fun and games that Sharks fans know and love.

It’s very likely the ambiance will spice up tonight’s affair and provide more angst than the last time these two met; back in December, the two sides combined for just 12 penalty minutes (none in the opening period).

“We’ve got to be energized coming to the rink tomorrow, ready for a game that’s going to be like a playoff game,” Logan Couture told the Mercury News. “There’s nothing better than playing a rival. It’ll be a great environment in the building. Metallica Night is probably going to add to it.

“So if we can’t get up for that game, we’ve got some major issues.”


NHL on NBCSN: Sharks face Kings in California clash

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with Wednesday’s second game as the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at the SAP Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Beating the Los Angeles Kings handily to open the 2014-15 season obviously didn’t erase all the pain from that infamous “reverse sweep” in the 2014 playoffs, but the San Jose Sharks still got a measure of revenge with that 4-0 win.

The Sharks will get another chance to spite the Kings tonight, as things haven’t been going smoothly for the defending champions lately. The aim is obvious enough for a Kings team that is currently on the outside of the playoff picture, as NHL.com notes.

“We need to be in that playoff spot before the break. No doubt about it,” Drew Doughty said . “We need to win this game. It’s a division game and it’s a big rivalry. We need to win it, and we need to go into the break feeling good about ourselves.”

Really, you can trace the bad times back to a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 6. Including that defeat, the Kings have gone 6-7-7 in their past 20 games. More recently, Los Angeles has dropped three straight games and six of seven, squandering precious points from an expired seven-game homestand.

(While four of those defeats netted standings points, there was also the frustration of leaving points on the table.)

Much of those struggles stem from Jonathan Quick’s prolonged slump.

After starting brilliantly (.942 save percentage in October), Quick’s individual stats have dropped significantly each month; his January save percentage has been a putrid .861.

That’s not to say that the Kings are the only team that sees room for improvement, of course.

You know things aren’t going great for a team when its head coach questions their drive, as Sharks bench boss Todd McLellan did on Tuesday.

After beating Toronto to begin this seven-game homestand, the Sharks have dropped two straight games. They would greatly benefit from exploiting this opportunity to load up on standings points.

As much as these two perennial contending California teams have been struggling lately, there’s still plenty of talent on hand. From Joe Thornton to Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture, the Sharks remain loaded with scoring skill. Los Angeles can go toe-to-toe in that area with Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter as well while also boasting elite defenseman Drew Doughty.

Sharks – Kings games are always an entertaining watch, but things get that much more interesting when there’s something on the line. That’s the case tonight, January game or not.