Sharks at Leafs: Slumping Team Could Use More Points

See the puck. Get the puck. Score the puck. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Who: The San Jose Sharks at the Toronto Maple Leafs

What: Game 61 of the 2011-12 regular season

When: 7:00 PM

Where: TSN, RDSI, or on the radio at AM640



The Sharks are coming off an embarrassing 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and are 3-6-1 in their last 10. With 69 points in 58 games, they've got the West's third seed on the divisional rule but sit just seventh in the West by points percentage. The team is 9th in goals for, 7th in GA, and fourth in Score-Adjusted Fenwick standings so it looks like their points total isn't living up to the team's play. Did someone page the slump busters?

Komisarek, Rosehill, and Armstrong, are expected to be the scratches tonight, and Reimer gets the start in net. Your expected lineup:

Lupul-Bozak-Kessel

MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin

Lombardi-Connolly-Crabb

Boyce-Steckel-Brown

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Gunnarsson-Phaneuf

Liles-Franson

Gardiner-Schenn

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Reimer

Gustavsson

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San Jose's name is being thrown around in trade speculation, especially with respect to Rick Nash, but they did their deadline deals at the draft; after moving Coyle and their first round pick, the team is without much of a future to sacrifice for short term deals. They're hampered by the fact that Havlat hasn't played since December 17th, but based on some of the statistics I mentioned above, probably shouldn't worry about rocking the boat too much.

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