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Gameday Thread: Sharks @ Blackhawks

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San Jose Sharks
@ Chicago Blackhawks

Sunday, Dec 11, 2011, 4:00 PM PST
United Center

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Douglas Murray was placed on the injured reserve today. In his stead, defenseman Matt Irwin from the Worcester Sharks was recalled. Irwin has 7 goals and 9 assists in 21 games played this season, with six of those goals coming on the power play. Considering San Jose's uncharacteristic struggles with the man advantage as of late, adding a left handed defenseman into the fold to increase the danger of one-timers at the point can only be considered a good thing as the Sharks attempt to avoid falling even deeper into a rut that has plagued their game over the last two weeks.

Antti Niemi is expected to start against his former team. No word on whether or not Irwin manages to get into the lineup (as he may have been recalled in order to provide insurance in the event of a pregame injury). My guess is that he replaces Colin White on the blueline, but we'll find out more as we move closer to puck drop.

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Puck drops at 4:07 PST.