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Sheng’s Daily: Why I’d Start Marc-Andre Fleury Tonight

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“Kevin was a scrawny little kid.”

That’s how USA Hockey National Team Development Program associate coach Nick Fohr remembered a 15-year-old Kevin Labanc.

Yesterday at San Jose Hockey Now, Fohr shared his memories of coaching Labanc before the San Jose Sharks drafted the winger in 2014 — including a moving story of the first time a teenage Labanc met his Slovakian grandmother.

In other San Jose Sharks news…

What do you think of Alexander Georgiev to the Sharks? (Locked On Sharks)

UMass head coach Greg Carvel introduces us to John Leonard. (San Jose Barracuda)

Ex-San Jose Sharks players Scott Gomez and Jamal Mayers are also on the Player Inclusion Committee:

Around the NHL…

Per the NHL, Philadelphia became the eighth team in league history to stave off elimination in back-to-back games via an overtime victory in each contest. The last team? Oh, you know.

Wow, we’re in Jacques Plante record territory. Per Sportsnet, Thatcher Demko is the “first rookie goalie to win each his first 2 career playoff starts when his team was facing elimination since Jacques Plante in 1953.”

So who should Peter DeBoer start in Game Seven?

Some possibly relevant stats: Marc-Andre Fleury has gone 3-4 with a .915 Save % in Game Seven, Robin Lehner has never played a Game Seven. But perhaps more importantly, Lehner is a career 1-7-1 with a .889 Save % in the second game of back-to-back starts. Historically, of course, goalies are less effective in the second leg of back-to-back starts.

So I think DeBoer has to choose Fleury — if he believes Fleury is still a No. 1 caliber goalie. That’s been the party line and that’s Flower’s reputation. If you don’t believe that — and buy more into Fleury’s recent statistical decline — I’m fine with going Lehner.

But if you believe that you have two No. 1 goaltenders in Vegas than you got to go with the fresher Fleury in a back-to-back.

Even if Fleury wins Game Seven, I don’t think there’s much of a goalie controversy if you immediately declare Lehner as your Western Conference Finals Game One starter. Or at least inform Lehner of that, if you want to play coy. Just say the back-to-back circumstances dictated starting Fleury, which is plausible, but more importantly, sensible.

Ex-Montreal scout Scott Masters on Colorado’s Game Six and why he didn’t recommend Matt Duchene to the Canadiens. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Four affordable right-handed defensemen for the Penguins to watch. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

New Florida Panthers GM Bill Zito and Columbus beat writers Aaron Portzline and Brian Hedger join George Richards’s latest podcast. (Florida Hockey Now)

Zdeno Chara wants to keep playing for Boston. (Boston Hockey Now)

On New York’s double-overtime Game Six loss. (NYI Hockey Now)

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And what about the Canucks? Do they send their young goalie out for a back-to-back and expect the same magic?

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Sheng’s Daily: It’s a Trap!

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Conor Sheary, Erik Haula, Mikael Granlund? Which UFAs are the San Jose Sharks talking to?

BREAKING: Sharks Are Talking to Conor Sheary

The Locked on Sharks guys and Sie Morley discuss who San Jose’s 3C will be next year:

Who’s Best Option for Sharks’ Third-Line Center?

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Evander Kane’s 10 travel essentials:

Teal Town USA called B.S. and San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher confirmed these purported “reverse retro” jerseys are fakes…too bad!

By the way, the original California Golden Seals-inspired design is from Chris Fortier.

Around the NHL…

The NHL postpones the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend for the 2020-21 season. (NHL)

That’s cheap: Dmitry Kulikov signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. Another example of how tough the UFA market is right now — The Hockey Code projected Kulikov at $2,991,125 for one season. He was also a top-four defenseman for Winnipeg in 2019-20, albeit not a particularly good top-four defender.

Bruce Cassidy Has Accepted That Zdeno Chara May Not Be Back

BREAKING: Pepsi Center to be renamed Ball Arena

Front office shakeup continues as Eric Joyce leaves Florida Panthers

Winter Classic, ASG Postponed: February Start To Follow?

Future Islanders? Three Bridgeport Sound Tigers to Keep an Eye on | NYHN+

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Sheng’s Daily: Why Do Less Women Work in Sports Radio?

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What do statistical profiles say about the NHL futures of Lean Bergmann, Dillon Hamaliuk, and Alexei Melnichuk?

Erik Fowle fills us in:

Deep Dive into San Jose’s Prospects, Part 6: NHL Regulars?

Also, the Locked on Sharks boys tell us more about Thomas Bordeleau:

Get to Know Thomas Bordeleau

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Rocky Thompson tells Jason Gregor some of his offensive philosophies. How will these ideas apply to the San Jose Sharks? (Oilers Nation)

Around the NHL…

Justin Bourne breaks down how Joe Thornton can help the Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

Why do so few women work in sports radio? (The Athletic)

Haggerty: It’s no secret the salary cap situation is hurting the Boston Bruins

Team president says Bill Zito making needed changes to Florida Panthers

2nd Annual PHN’s Penguins GM for a Day Contest!

Video Game Review: NHL 21

Vegas Hockey Now Notebook

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Sheng’s Daily: Sharks Will Get Longer Training Camp Before 2020-21

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Last training camp, there were hopes that San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich could help the big club. It didn’t work out — and now Chekhovich won’t even appear at the next Sharks training camp, whenever that is.

BREAKING: Ivan Chekhovich Will Play in KHL for ENTIRE Season

The Locked On Sharks boys continue reminiscing about Joe Thornton:

Saying Goodbye to Joe Thornton

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Per Pierre LeBrun, the San Jose Sharks and the other teams that missed the 24-yeam playoff will get a longer training camp to prepare for the 2020-21 season. (The Athletic)

Around the NHL…

Mitch Marner reveals what Patrick Marleau texted he and Auston Matthews about Joe Thornton. (CBC)

Chicago admits they’re re-building — and GM Stan Bowman is shockingly transparent about every move they’ve made recently in a terrific interview with Mark Lazerus and Scott Powers. (The Athletic)

Brian Burke on Lou Lamoriello’s rules in an excerpt from his new book. (Sportsnet)

Tom’s Take: Doc Emrick Retires

Islanders TV Voice Brendan Burke Recalls Memories with Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick

Crosby Rookie Card Going for $119,000; Sid’s History in Cards

Book excerpt: The night Patrick Roy smashed up Bob Hartley’s office

BHN Roster Projection: An Early Look at Boston Bruins Opening Night

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