Speaking of injuries, forward Ryane Clowe was given a clean bill of health heading into Game 1. The Sharks forward missed the last two games of the regular season. He skated for the first time in a week on Monday and met with reporters after practice.
No word on Anze Kopitar, but when he broke his ankle four weeks ago, the prognosis was a six week return at the earliest.
If only that were still the case. Note to Sharks fans living on the moon: Kopitar is done till next year.
The Sharks have announced that after a team vote, they will wear their black jerseys for all home games during the playoffs. Kings marketing theme this post season: "Back in Black".
Oh my god that's so stupid. Both parts. I am so sick of black uniforms.
[...] No word from the Kings on if they will ask fans to refrain from sucker-punching anyone wearing teal in the back of the head when the series shifts to Southern California next Tuesday for Game 3. It's advised that all Sharks fans attending the game at Staples Center wear their hockey helmets to the game. Visors are optional.
Not sure what this is a reference to. Any ideas? [UPDATE: Oh. I guess it's kind of obvious, or would have been, had I been thinking along the lines of "attempted murder" rather than "Sharks fans think Kings fans are dicks." There's a link to this sickening story in the comments, for anyone else who missed the reference.]
The Sharks have five former Cup winners on their roster (Antti Niemi, Ben Eager, Niclas Wallin, Dan Boyle, and Kent Huskins). The Kings only have two (Rob Scuderi and Dustin Penner).
Justin Williams (with Carolina).
Not to jinx things, but every "expert" contributor on ESPN.com picks the Sharks to take the opening round series. None of the eight contributors is picking a sweep, and only John Buccigross thinks the series will go seven games.