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Sheng’s Daily Links: Gilroy Strong



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Remember “Benedict Belfour”? The year that Jeff Hackett went 2-30-1?

San Jose Hockey Now took a deep dive into team goaltending history yesterday to unearth some hope for a Martin Jones bounceback campaign.

Then, Erik Fowle revealed his projections on which three San Jose Sharks prospects won’t ever see NHL action. I disagreed with Erik on one of them, find out who in the comments section.

Today, we have an interview with retired fan favorite Tommy Wingels on tap! Wingels talks about a variety of things, from Black Lives Matters to who’s peas and who’s carrots between he and Tomas Hertl.

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In other San Jose Sharks news…

San Jose Sharks in-arena host Jon Root is moving on. (Twitter)

The tragedy at the Gilroy Garlic Festival was just one year ago. (Twitter)

Elliotte Friedman would look great on a line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns. (Twitter)

Around the NHL…

Hockey is back! And Dan Kingerski is in Toronto to cover it. Here are Dan’s thoughts on the Penguins-Flyers exhibition tilt. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Ryan Graves talks about his breakout campaign. Adrian Dater is on site in Edmonton to cover the Avs, which means National Hockey Now has 2 of just 5 credentialed American reporters in Canada covering the playoffs. (Colorado Hockey Now)

David Pastrnak says he didn’t do anything wrong when he broke quarantine two weeks ago. (Boston Hockey Now)

Ilya Sorokin joins New York Islanders practice for the first time. (NYI Hockey Now)

George Richards and Tampa Bay Lightning reporter Erik Erlendsson talk Sunshine State hockey. (Florida Hockey Now)

A survivor of Chicago youth hockey coach Tom “Chico” Adrahtas’s alleged sexual abuse speaks out. (The Athletic)

Peter DeBoer is planning to split Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner’s workload before the playoffs to determine his post-season starter. (Sin Bin)

Jack Han on how to analyze defensive breakdowns. (The Hockey Tactics Newsletter)

The good, bad, and ugly of John Chayka’s time in Arizona. (TSN)

How NHL coaches are handling this highly unusual post-season. (theScore)

The APSE, The Associated Press, and the Professional Hockey Writers Association object to the NHL’s restrictive “bubble” policy. (APSE)

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Sheng’s Daily Links: Bad Sports Art



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Jonathan Dalhen? Maxim Letunov? Danil Yurtaykin?

You might be surprised that Erik Fowle considered these San Jose Sharks prospects at the end of their ropes as legitimate prospects.

Read Erik’s reasoning here!

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Around the NHL…

Adrian Dater on what it’s like to cover playoff hockey in an empty building. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Dan Kingerski on why Pittsburgh’s future depends on defeating Montreal. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Get to know Chris Dreidger, Sergei Bobrovsky’s back-up. (Florida Hockey Now)

Tuukka Rask eyes a Wednesday return. (Boston Hockey Now)

Islanders enjoying their time together in the bubble. (NYI Hockey Now)

Ryan Reaves, Robin Lehner, Tyler Seguin, and Jason Dickinson take a knee before the Vegas-Dallas game. (ESPN)

Ex-Shark Mike Grier and Bryce Salvador are excited to coach an all-minority youth team at an upcoming hockey tournament. (NHL)

Brenden Dillon and the MSE Foundation have donated 10,000 medical face masks to local first responders and food assistance organizations. (Twitter)

Hockey Hall of Famer Angela James on overcoming adversity. (Sportsnet)

Go to Bad Sports Art for all your sports photography needs! (Sin Bin)

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Sheng’s Daily Links: Defending Jack Johnson



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Yesterday at San Jose Hockey Now, we took a look at 3 key elements that drive the success of the San Jose Sharks’ league-leading penalty kill.

At Peng to the Point, we disagreed with how Brad Marchand defended Tuukka Rask’s Boston Police cap.

Today, Erik Fowle continues his deep dive into the San Jose Sharks’ system, evaluating 7 prospects on their “Last Chance.”

Around the NHL…

Was Jack Johnson to blame for Montreal’s first goal in Game One? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson are becoming game-changers. (NYI Hockey Now)

5 Takeaways from Bruins’ 4-1 loss. (Boston Hockey Now)

Rob Simpson on covering games in the hub. (Florida Hockey Now)

Colorado player grades from their 2-1 victory over St. Louis. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Behind Matt Dumba’s decision to kneel on Saturday during the National Anthem, then raise his fist on Sunday during both anthems. (The Athletic)

Auston Matthews, in his post-game press conference, expressed his displeasure with Steve Simmons for outing his positive COVID-19 test. (Twitter)

Changing of the guard in Nashville? Pekka Rinne’s 89-start postseason streak ends. (NHL)

Mark Scheifele’s injury isn’t believed to be long-term. (TSN)

Steven Stamkos won’t play in his round robin opener. (NHL)

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Sheng’s Daily Links: Matt Dumba Takes a Knee



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What makes the San Jose Sharks penalty kill tick?

Yesterday at San Jose Hockey Now, we started a two-part series that broke down the secrets to their success. Featuring proprietary data from SPORTLOGiQ and revealing video clips, you may never get closer to the league-leading Sharks PK.

Part 2 of this series, which will be subscribers-only, comes out today.

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We also discussed the possibility of Joe Thornton going over to Switzerland this fall to play hockey.

Around the NHL…

Matt Dumba takes a knee. (NHL)

The transcript of Dumba’s speech. (Twitter)

Get to know Matt Dumba — I interviewed him two months ago about growing up Asian in a white sport. (NBC News)

How did New York shut down Aleksander Barkov in Game One? (NYI Hockey Now)

Despite Game One loss, Sidney Crosby carried the Penguins. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Check out Drew Litton’s awesome Colorado Hockey Now cartoon. (Colorado Hockey Now)

George Richards’s Game One takeaways. (Florida Hockey Now)

Brad Marchand is back, but Tuukka Rask is questionable for opening round-robin game. (Boston Hockey Now)

Get Hockey Diversity Alliance apparel, all proceeds go to HDA youth programs. (HDA)

Paul Maurice tells us what he thinks of Matt Tkachuk’s skate riding up on Mark Scheifele’s leg. (Sportsnet)

Patrik Laine left the game too. (Sportsnet)

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