Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Sharks rest up before date with Vancouver

Categories: San Jose Sharks, VAN vs. SJS, Vancouver Canucks

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San Jose's Ian White and his wife Tess welcomed their second child on Thursday night.  (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) San Jose's Ian White and his wife Tess welcomed their second child on Thursday night. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
An optional skate meant really optional for most Sharks the day after their 3-2 victory over Detroit in Game 7.

And it meant out of the question for defenceman Ian White, who decided to spend the day not in meetings but with his wife Tess, who gave birth to the couple's second child, Gracelyn Sophia, on Thursday night.

Priorities, priorities.

Other than that, the Sharks did little but rest up after a series so grueling that the Red Wings ended Game 7 with only 10 forwards. They are expected to practice Saturday morning in San Jose before leaving for Vancouver in the afternoon.

The all-clear on winger Ryane Clowe before Game 7 meant the Sharks will be as healthy as the playoffs allow going into the conference final, which cannot be said for the Canucks, who may start the series without Mikael Samuelsson (lower), Chris Higgins (lower), and the standard bumps and bruises that caused several other Vancouver players to take a maintenance day.

More tomorrow, when news becomes (a) more plentiful and (b) more meaningful.

SAN JOSE LINES (speculative)

Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Devin Setoguchi
Ryane Clowe-Logan Couture-Dany Heatley
Torrey Mitchell-Joe Pavelski-Kyle Wellwood
Ben Eager-Scott Nichol-Benn Ferriero

Douglas Murray-Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Jason Demers
Ian White-Niclas Wallin

Antti Niemi
Antero Niittymaki