|19||SAN JOSE||+120||Ov 5,-135||+145||Ov 5,-145|
|20||MINNESOTA||-140||Un 5,+115||-165||Un 5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||19-16-0||-1.5||19-16||-1.5||9-14||2.8||29.3||2.5||29.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3.1||2-3||-3.1||1-2||2.2||30.2||1.8||27.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||72||196||64||60||65||7||13||2176||9.0%||222||36||16.2%||340|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||35||98||35||25||35||3||8||1026||9.6%||105||16||15.2%||167|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||4||4||3||0||0||151||7.3%||15||2||13.3%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||166||44||50||65||7||11||1977||8.4%||183||33||18.0%||268|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||86||22||26||35||3||5||1021||8.4%||98||17||17.3%||142|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||4||3||2||0||1||136||6.6%||8||1||12.5%||13|
|AARON DELL (All Games)||17||15||471||441||93.6%||3||10-5||+2.9||10-5-0||+4||3-9|
|AARON DELL (Road Games)||9||8||263||246||93.5%||2||4-4||-1.2||4-4-0||0||1-6|
|AARON DELL (Last 4 Games)||4||4||118||111||94.1%||1||2-2||-1.4||2-2-0||-2||1-2|
|MARTIN JONES (All Games)||57||57||1496||1371||91.6%||2||32-25||-5.2||32-25-0||-7||14-24|
|MARTIN JONES (Road Games)||27||27||753||689||91.5%||1||15-12||-0.4||15-12-0||-1||8-8|
|MARTIN JONES (Last 4 Games)||4||4||101||94||93.1%||0||2-2||-1.3||2-2-0||-2||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23-11-0||+4.4||23-11||+4.4||17-14||3.4||30.1||2.1||27.5|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-6.8||0-5||-6.8||3-2||2.2||36.4||3.8||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||71||232||61||84||80||7||19||2198||10.6%||199||42||21.1%||385|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||34||114||26||41||44||3||9||1023||11.1%||95||28||29.5%||200|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||3||4||4||0||0||182||6.0%||15||3||20.0%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||178||46||64||62||6||7||2181||8.2%||191||31||16.2%||309|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||73||19||23||30||1||2||936||7.8%||81||10||12.3%||127|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||8||6||5||0||1||137||13.9%||19||3||15.8%||33|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||58||56||1656||1535||92.7%||5||34-22||+3.5||34-22-0||+4||25-24|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||29||29||778||719||92.4%||3||20-9||+3.8||20-9-0||+4||14-13|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||100||87.7%||0||0-4||-5.8||0-4-0||-5||2-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||16||15||520||470||90.4%||0||9-6||+2.7||9-6-0||+3||11-3|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||5||5||156||144||92.3%||0||3-2||+0.6||3-2-0||+1||3-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||112||101||90.2%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.09, MINNESOTA 3.19|
|2/25/2017||at VANCOUVER||4-1||W||0, -210||W||5 ev||P|
|2/28/2017||TORONTO||3-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/2/2017||VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, -290||W||5 ov||U|
|3/5/2017||at MINNESOTA||1-3||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|3/6/2017||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/9/2017||WASHINGTON||4-2||W||0, -105||W||5 un||O|
|3/11/2017||NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/12/2017||DALLAS||5-1||W||0, -180||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/14/2017||BUFFALO||4-1||W||0, -215||W||5 ov||P|
|3/16/2017||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, -185||L||5 ev||P|
|3/18/2017||ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -175||L||5 ov||U|
|3/20/2017||at DALLAS||0-1||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2017||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/24/2017||at DALLAS|| |
|3/25/2017||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/28/2017||NY RANGERS|| |
|3/30/2017||at EDMONTON|| |
|3/31/2017||at CALGARY|| |
|2/27/2017||LOS ANGELES||5-4||W||0, -130||W||5 un||O|
|2/28/2017||at WINNIPEG||6-5||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/2/2017||at COLUMBUS||0-1||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2017||SAN JOSE||3-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/7/2017||ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, -185||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/9/2017||at TAMPA BAY||1-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/10/2017||at FLORIDA||7-4||W||0, +100||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/12/2017||at CHICAGO||2-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/14/2017||at WASHINGTON||2-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/16/2017||at CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -145||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/18/2017||NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2017||at WINNIPEG||4-5||L||0, -140||L||6 un||O|
|3/21/2017||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/26/2017||at DETROIT|| |
|4/1/2017||at NASHVILLE|| |
|SAN JOSE: LAST SEASON: 46-30-6, 98 points. Third place Pacific Division. Lost to Pittsburgh in Stanley Cup Final.
COACH: Peter DeBoer. (second season, ninth NHL season).
ADDED: F Mikkel Boedker, D David Schlemko, F Marcus Sorensen.
LOST: D Roman Polak, F Nick Spaling, F Dainius Zubrus, G James Reimer.
PLAYER TO WATCH: F Tomas Hertl. Hertl's knee injury in Game 2 of the final against the Penguins played a role in San Jose falling two games short of a championship. The question heading into this season is whether Hertl will be able to carry the third line as a third-line center, which would provide the depth that would make the Sharks a difficult matchup against even the top teams. Otherwise, he can go back to his role as a productive wing alongside Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.
OUTLOOK: A year after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003, the Sharks had their best postseason run ever, making it all the way to the final before losing in six games to Pittsburgh. All the key pieces from that team are back along with the additions of Boedker's speed, Schlemko's improved puck-moving ability compared to Polak and several rookies like Nikolay Goldobin, Kevin Labanc or Timo Meier who could provide a boost. If the new additions provide the spark and the older core maintains its high level from the postseason, the Sharks should be able to contend for a title again.
|MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 38-33-11, 87 points. Finished fifth in Central Division. Lost to Dallas Stars in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (first season, 10th NHL season).
ADDED: C Marc Staal, RW Chris Stewart.
LOST: LW Thomas Vanek, RW Justin Fontaine, LW Chris Porter, C Jarret Stoll, RW David Jones.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mikael Granlund. The ninth pick in the 2010 draft, a cult hero in his native Finland, hasn't matched the hype with offensive production over his first four NHL seasons. But he has proved to be a hard-nosed defensive player and, playing all 82 games for the first time, posted a career-best 13 goals and 44 points last season. Granlund, who has been playing left wing on a line centered by captain and fellow Finn Mikko Koivu, is poised for a breakout in Boudreau's system.
OUTLOOK: With Granlund and fellow forwards Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Erik Haula and Jason Zucker, plus defensemen Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba, the Wild have a young core. Koivu, Staal, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and defenseman Ryan Suter will all be 32 or older this season, so the time is now to make a move past the early rounds of the playoffs where they've been stuck the last four years. It's up to Boudreau to guide them there.
|Wild look to end skid as Sharks visit|
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Just a few weeks ago, the Minnesota Wild were the talk of the town. Now their own coach doesn't even want to talk about them.
Never before in his career had a Bruce Boudreau-coached NHL team lost five consecutive games. But that is the dubious streak the Wild will look to break on Tuesday when the San Jose Sharks come to Minnesota.
On Sunday, the Wild lost one for the thumb in Winnipeg, falling behind 4-0, rallying to tie the Jets 4-4, then surrendering a third-period goal to lose for the seventh time in the past eight games.
Boudreau spent less than a minute in the postgame scrum of reporters before stomping away in disgust.
"We stunk in the first (period)," Boudreau said, when asked if the second-period rally was a sign that his team was at least resilient. "We'd better come back in the second. Holy crap, it's not resiliency. You're making us sound like we're good."
And with that, he was gone, just as the Wild's chances of winning the Central Division are fading away quickly. While it would take a miracle for Minnesota to miss the playoffs, the Wild slump has coincided with a Chicago surge that has put the Blackhawks squarely in control of the top spot in the division. The Wild need points, desperately, and just a few positive things out of the Winnipeg game.
"I think it's a little bit too late in the year for moral victories, but we can learn from it," said Chris Stewart, who scored twice versus the Jets. "You look at the positive and the boys battled tonight, so we'll take that and we'll get ready for San Jose. There's no time to dwell on it."
The Sharks come to St. Paul fighting their own troubles, having lost three in a row, and having scored just twice in that span. On Monday night in Dallas, they were blanked 1-0 by the Stars despite Aaron Dell stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced.
"We've just got to find a way to score a goal," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said after the Dallas game. "I think last game we got one, tonight we got none. Chances are there, so we've just got to bear down and we got to get one dirty or ugly around the net, we got to get one on the power play some way, somehow to take a little pressure off the group because it's hard to win when you're only getting one or no goals like we have the last couple of games, so now we got to stick with it."
The Sharks are still solidly in command of the Pacific Division, four points ahead of Edmonton, but the Oilers are making a late charge, having won four in a row.
"Feeling is just stick with it, keep going, keep working," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "We can't hang our head. This team never does. Just got to find a way to be a little bit better."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2017 2:50:50 AM EST|