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Sharks vs. Blues: We love you Dan Boyle

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The San Jose Sharks welcome the St. Louis Blues to San Jose for the first time since Maxim Lapierre ruined our lives forever.

Thearon W. Henderson

The Sharks are winning hockey games again and now play host to the St. Louis Blues. San Jose thumped the Blues when they last met, that time in St. Louis, but it was hardly the story of the game. Instead, Maxim Lapierre boarded Dan Boyle from behind, thereby ruining the hockey game and putting himself on Sharks' fans' shit lists forever. Lapierre is slated to play on the fourth line for St. Louis tonight, and you know what that means.

It's Matt Pelech's time to shine. This is the moment he has waited his entire life for! And if Pelech gets a game misconduct, the Sharks still have Mike Brown to slide in there! Don't you see the brilliance of this plan?*

*This is a horrible plan.

While this matchup did not hold up to expectations last time, both teams remain evenly matched, as indicated by their records. The Sharks are coming off a shootout victory over another team they are very even with, the LA Kings. They had another three days off. The Sharks are Correlaton-Not-Causation when they get three days off between games.

St. Louis has won eight of their last 10 and five in a row, including a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. According to the #fancystats the Blues are very good at hockey. They are a top five Corsi/Fenwick team, so the Sharks are going to have their hands full. The Sharks last early afternoon game came against the Ottawa Senators and San Jose won that game 5-2.

Joe Thornton scored two goals [including the game-winner in the shootout] so someone needs to go reset the games-since-Joe-Thornton-scored clock. No, no, leave the games-since-Joe-Thornton-TRIED-to-score clock alone.

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It's the day after Thanksgiving, but I think I speak for the FTF community when I say I'm thankful for Dan Boyle. A lot of the story of this game is going to be Maxim Lapierre, but I think it would be cool if we tried to make this game about Dan Boyle as much as possible. Thanks for being back, Boyler, we missed you. Go score five goals.

St. Louis Blues

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18-3-3, 39 points
16-3-5, 37 points
2nd in Central
Tied-1st in Pacific

1:00PM PST | SAP Center | San Jose, California
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: St. Louis Game Time

Projected Sharks Lineup

Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Marty Havlat - Joe Pavelski - Tyler Kennedy
James Sheppard - Andrew Desjardins - Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Dan Boyle - Matt Irwin
Scott Hannan - Brad Stuart

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Blues Lineup
Alex Steen - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
Patrik Berglund - Derek Roy - Chris Stewart
Jaden Schwartz - Vladimir Sobokta - Vladimir Tarasenko
Brenden Morrow – Maxim Lapierre – Magnus Paajarvi

Alex Pietrangelo - Jay Bouwmeester
Kevin Shattenkirk - Barret Jackman
Ian Cole - Roman Polak

Jaroslav Halak
Brian Elliott