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WCSF Series Notes
Smith & Holmstrom to return
5/1/07 - By Mike Lee

- Sharks centerman Mark Smith will make his 2007 playoff debut on Wednesday night in Game 4. Smith has missed a combined 28 games since injuring his knee on February 1st against the Dallas Stars. Smith has 4 career playoff goals in 20 games.

- The Red Wings will also get a boost with the return of Tomas Holmstrom, who is scheduled to return in Game 4 as well. Holmstrom suffered a lacerated eye lid in the Red Wings quarter final series with Calgary when Craig Conroy caught the Detroit forward with his stick.

- With Holmstrom back on the ice, look for Kyle Calder to park himself in the press box on Wednesday. Calder's limited offensive production will probably force Mike Babcock to sit the left wing, even though Todd Bertuzzi may be the better choice.

- Joe Thornton's 10 points in the playoffs ranks him 2nd in the NHL. He trails Scott Gomez, who has 12 points on 2 goals and 10 assists.

- Kirk Maltby is donning a blue and yellow #6 on the back of his helmet in honor of Lt Kevin Davis, the Blue Angels pilot who was killed in a crash during an exhibition in Florida last week.

- Still no details on Marty McSorely's disappearance from the broadcasting booth. The Sharks reported that McSorely had to tend to personal business, but fill-in Drew Remenda isn't providing a lot of insight other than to half-heartedly reject the notion that he'll be back along side Randy Hahn in the analyst role beyond the Red Wing series.

- The Sharks were shutout on Wednesday. At least from a recognition perspective. No San Jose player received a finalists nomination for any of the major post season awards given out. Defending Hart Trophy winner Joe Thrornton's 114 regular season points weren't enough to get him to the finals. Roberto Luongo, Sydney Crosby and Martin Brodeur will vie for the honor of league's most valuable player. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was also snubbed from Calder Memorial Trophy consideration for league's rookie of the year.

- The Sharks are 10-7 all-time in Game 4's, including a 1-1 record against the Red Wings. The beat Detroit 4-3 in the 4th game of the 1994 upset of the Red Wings, and lost the following year 6-2 in a 4-game sweep.

- Speaking of that 1994 series, has it really been 13 years since Jamie Baker scored the infamous goal that would secure one of the unlikeliest upsets in NHL history? Baker will be in the building in Wednesday serving as the Sharks radio color analyst. The guy he scored the goal on, will also be at HP Pavilion. Chris Osgood, the then 21-year old Red Wings goaltender, now serves as Dominik Hasek's backup.

- Brett Lebda is hoping to return for Game 5. The Red Wings defenseman is nursing a bum ankle and the affects of a concussion.

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