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Phoenix Coyotes at San Jose Sharks - Game #82 Preview - Wait! There's More Hockey After This!!

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How awesome is it that we're wanting to win this game, but don't really care all that much? For once that's not because it won't matter and we're looking forward to the draft, but rather that it has no effect on our playoff position was we're locked into 4th place? Do a happy dance. Do happy dance. I'm doing one right now. 

It may not count for much to us, but the Sharks still want first in the west and well I just want to wipe the floor with some Sharkies. It's always a good time when we do. The question is do we go for the little rope-a-dope move where we sit back for a bit and then turn it on like we have the last couple? Do we drag it out to a zero zero tie into overtime and the shootout? Naaaaaah. I say we score early, score often, and not let them do the same thing. I think that sounds just about right.

If you were watching last game you saw the Coyotes once again come back in the third (for the first time against the Kings at home) to get the winner in the shootout. Sure, you want to win in regulation, but coming from behind to put yourself in a position to win works too. Both of the teams tonight though have been up and down lately with their intensity witch should concern both. The urgency needs to start tonight, especially for the Coyotes. 

Starting Goalies


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ilya Bryzgalov 68 4019 42 20 154 2.30 1931 1777 .920 8

Start sharpening up buddy because starting later in the week these games with REALLY matter. Not just kind of matter. He's the MVP of this team, should be an MVP candidate for the league. Do it.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Evgeni Nabokov 70 4129 43 16 168 2.44 2139 1971 .921 3

With the Conference on the line there's no way Greiss gets the start. Nabby has been good this year too, but until the last few games the whole team had been shaky. Let's make him nervous heading into the playoffs.

Key Players


Vernon Fiddler

#38 / Left Wing / Phoenix Coyotes

5-11

201

May 09, 1980


He's been outstanding and won the hardest working player award for a reason. Hopefully he gets a shortie tonight as he leads the team with 3 already and has had some good chances.


Douglas Murray

#3 / Defenseman / San Jose Sharks

6-3

240

Mar 12, 1980


I dunno. Things happen. Why not?

The Infirmary


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurt Sauer head 10/07/2009
Scottie Upshall knee 01/29/2010


San Jose Sharks Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joe Thornton other-excused 04/04/2010