Bay Area Buzz 10/22: Niemi Stymies Wings, What’s Eating SeaBass, The Panda on the Trade Block?

October 19, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) makes a save against the Calgary Flames during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks defeated the Flames 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Niemi Stymies Wings

All those goals the Sharks have been scoring this season suddenly were in short supply Monday night.

But San Jose still managed to skate out of Joe Louis Arena with a 1-0 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings on a well-thought-out shot by Logan Couture, and the NHL’s best record improved to 8-0-1.

While the game lacked the emotion and high-skill displays of most meetings between San Jose and Detroit, players and coaches described it as a playoff-style performance between teams that know each other maybe a little too well.

- David Pollak, San Jose Mercury News

What’s Eating SeaBass?

Many point to Janikowski potentially having a mental block as the team breaks in a new holder inMarquette King after 13 years with Shane Lechler. Others wonder if Janikowski is still feeling the effects of calf and hamstring issues from late in camp. Hey, at least the dirt baseball infield should be gone this week, right?

Raiders special teams coach Bobby April, though, told reporters Janikowski was healthy. It all made for some interesting food for thought as the Raiders return to work Monday from their bye week to prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Especially when you consider how costly Janikowski’s misses have been and, in the hindsight-is-20-20 world of sports, they could be the difference between the Raiders being 2-4 and 4-2.

- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN

Sandoval on the Trade Block?

The Giants would probably listen to anyone who had interest in Sandoval and who would be willing to roll the dice that he’s in shape. That’s always the issue with Sandoval, whose weight has been up and down, but mostly up. Entering the final year of his deal, Sandoval has pretty much been told by GM Brian Sabean that it’s up to him. While Sandoval decides whether to get in shape or remain out of shape, anyone needing a third baseman might be mildly intrigued.

- Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe

Topics: Oakland Raiders, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks

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