|55||SAN JOSE||-110||Ov 5,-140||-130||Ov 5,-150|
|56||CALGARY||-110||Un 5,+120||+110||Un 5,+130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||18-26-0||-13.3||18-26||-13.3||18-24||2.5||32.7||2.8||29.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-2.6||1-4||-2.6||1-3||1.6||28.8||2.8||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||87||236||59||91||73||13||16||2917||8.1%||286||59||20.6%||406|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||44||108||19||45||39||5||8||1438||7.5%||139||29||20.9%||193|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||1||2||4||1||0||144||5.6%||17||2||11.8%||16|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||224||70||73||71||10||12||2494||9.0%||244||58||23.8%||374|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||124||34||36||47||7||10||1300||9.5%||132||26||19.7%||205|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||3||8||0||1||152||9.2%||18||6||33.3%||25|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||19||16||472||432||91.5%||1||8-8||-5.2||8-8-0||-5||8-8|
|THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)||10||9||271||250||92.3%||1||4-5||-4||4-5-0||-3||3-6|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||4||1||59||52||88.1%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||73||71||2016||1844||91.5%||10||36-35||-11.6||36-35-0||-13||30-37|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||36||35||1024||931||90.9%||6||14-21||-9.4||14-21-0||-9||15-18|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||98||89.9%||1||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|ANTERO NIITTYMAKI (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTERO NIITTYMAKI (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|HARRI SATERI (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|HARRI SATERI (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23-18-0||+1.3||23-18||+1.3||15-18||2.7||28.5||2.6||29.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||1-1||2.2||28.4||2.8||29.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||82||202||70||56||71||5||12||2258||8.9%||258||46||17.8%||330|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||41||109||33||36||37||3||5||1168||9.3%||141||21||14.9%||180|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||1||3||7||0||0||142||7.7%||17||2||11.8%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||226||62||72||76||16||19||2528||8.9%||269||42||15.6%||386|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||106||27||37||36||6||10||1221||8.7%||135||20||14.8%||176|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||5||3||5||1||2||147||9.5%||17||1||5.9%||22|
|LELAND IRVING (All Games)||7||7||239||218||91.2%||0||1-6||-3.5||1-6-0||-3||2-4|
|LELAND IRVING (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|LELAND IRVING (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||105||88.2%||0||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||1-3|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (All Games)||9||7||239||215||90.0%||0||1-6||-5.4||1-6-0||-5||3-2|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (Home Games)||4||2||65||59||90.8%||0||1-1||-0.2||1-1-0||0||1-0|
|HENRIK KARLSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||88||88.9%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||2-0|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (All Games)||70||68||2040||1878||92.1%||4||35-33||+1.3||35-33-0||+3||25-31|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Home Games)||39||39||1151||1061||92.2%||3||22-17||+1.6||22-17-0||+3||14-18|
|MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF (Last 4 Games)||4||4||125||114||91.2%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.2, CALGARY 3.12|
|1/20/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|1/22/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|1/20/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|1/23/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|SAN JOSE: |
LAST SEASON: 42-27-13, 97 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in Western Conference Finals.
COACH: Dave Tippett, 4th season with Coyotes, 125-78-33; 9th overall, 406-234-98 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Steve Sullivan, D Zbynek Michalek, RW David Moss.
LOST: LW Ray Whitney, LW Taylor Pyatt, D Adrian Aucoin, C Daymond Langkow, D Michal Rozsival.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Mike Smith. The shaggy-haired goalie known as Smitty proved to be a more-than-capable No. 1 goalie in his first full season on the job, winning 28 games with eight shutouts and a 2.21 goals-against average. With the confidence of last season's deep playoff run, he could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
OUTLOOK: The Coyotes should be brimming with confidence after winning their first division title and reaching the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise. With the core of last year's roster back, they should be position to get the lockout-shortened season off to a good start and be able to sustain it toward another possible deep run in the playoffs.
SAN JOSE SHARKS
LAST SEASON: 43-29-10, 96 points. Lost to St. Louis 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Todd McLellan, 5th season, 195-92-41.
ADDED: D Brad Stuart, F Adam Burish.
LOST: F Torrey Mitchell, F Daniel Winnik, F Dominic Moore, F Brad Winchester, F Andrew Murray, D Colin White, D Jim Vandermeer.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Brent Burns. The big acquisition before last season, Burns struggled in his first season with the Sharks as he tried to figure out how to fit in. His points and assists were down from his final year in Minnesota and he was not nearly the aggressive, hard-hitting defenseman the Sharks had been expecting. The Sharks hope that an increased comfort level will lead to better results in year two for Burns.
OUTLOOK: The Sharks hope to be a faster, more aggressive team after the disappointing finish a year ago. They brought back most of the key players from that squad led by captain Joe Thornton but hope Hall of Famer Larry Robinson's impact on the struggling penalty kill unit as a new assistant will help return San Jose near the top of the conference.
LAST SEASON: 37-29-16, 90 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Western Conference.
COACH: Bob Hartley, first season.
ADDED: D Dennis Wideman, LW Jiri Hudler, C Roman Cervenka.
LOST: C Olli Jokinen, RW David Ross, D Scott Hannan, RW Guillaume Desbiens, RW Tom Kostopoulous.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Alex Tanguay, who played for Hartley a decade ago in Colorado, will be more familiar with the coach than his teammates. If he can click on the top line with Jarome Iginla, the Flames may have a puncher's chance.
OUTLOOK: Despite the addition of Cervenka, the Flames should be weak enough on defense to keep G Miikka Kiprusoff busy. If Tanguay and other forwards can click with Iginla, they may have a chance at catching lightning in a bottle, but in a tough division with the formidable Avalanche and Canucks, they would do well to nick the last playoff spot.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-CALGARY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Flames Preview* =======================
San Jose (0-0-0) at Calgary (0-0-0), 6:00 p.m. EDT
(AP) - The San Jose Sharks responded to their quickest playoff exit in a run of eight straight postseason appearances with tinkering instead of a roster overhaul.
The Calgary Flames will have to try to win early and often in this lockout-shortened season with coaches they're still getting to know.
After getting knocked out of the playoffs with a five-game loss to St. Louis in the first round following two straight trips to the Western Conference finals, San Jose visits Calgary in the season opener for both teams Sunday night.
"I'd like our players to still have last year in the back of their minds," coach Todd McLellan said. "The memory of what we did well and what we didn't do well. I'd also like them to move forward. Part of that is re-establishing our identity. Who are we and how do we play, how do we want to play."
McLellan wants the Sharks, who went 43-29-10 to earn the No. 7 seed last season, to be a faster team that annoys opponents and supports each other rather than playing as individuals. Those characteristics were lacking at times last year, especially during a midseason slide that almost cost San Jose a playoff berth and then against a Blues team that was quicker to the puck and vastly superior on special teams.
The memory of that series is still fresh nine months later, considering so many of the Sharks went through it. The top nine scorers from last season led by captain Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe are all back. The six defensemen who got the most ice time, led by Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns, and goaltenders Antti Niemi and Thomas Greiss are also back for another run at that elusive Stanley Cup.
"We've had a few more changes before," Pavelski said. "We didn't perform the way we thought we could (last year). It's always disappointing. Hopefully, everyone got their rest and got what they needed to be ready this year."
In fact, only two of the 28 players in training camp were not in the organization last year: Brad Stuart and free agent forward Adam Burish.
"I'm not going to come in and try to do anything special," Burish said. "I'm not going to come and try to save the day here. They don't need that. This team is an elite team in the NHL and has been elite for a long time. I'm excited and I feel fortunate that I will be a part of it."
Bob Hartley is now a part of the Flames franchise, and only forward Alex Tanguay - who played for Hartley in Colorado a decade ago - has more than initial training-camp impressions of Calgary's new head coach. Assistants Jacques Cloutier and Martin Gelinas are also new.
"I know there's going to be some adjustments," captain Jarome Iginla said. "It's a different style as far as where we want to be, where we want our sticks to be, what we're forcing and what we're not. Once you get on the ice, you don't want to be thinking about it. You want to be going.
"I think we spend more time in the video room," he said. "We are cramming more. ... We expect to be good when the puck drops."
Hartley said he and his assistants spent copious amounts of time with the digital versions of the Flames when they couldn't work with the real thing.
"For the entire length of the lockout, we were here all day, every day looking at game tapes," Hartley said. "... Unfortunately time is against us right now, but you can't postpone the schedule. With hard work and passion, lots of times that can cause some great things to happen."
The club opens the season again hoping to find a center for Iginla on the right wing and will ride 36-year-old goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff as far and as much as it can. The 48-game schedule means the Finn will play fewer than 70 regular-season games for the first time in seven seasons.
The Flames, who went 37-29-16 last season to miss the playoffs for the third straight year, need secondary scoring to take the heat off Iginla's line and for 2007 first-round draft pick Mikael Backlund to assert himself more. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has played in 588 consecutive games, but the Flames want more offense out of him.
Offseason acquisitions Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka and defenseman Dennis Wideman pump some new blood into the lineup. Hudler was a Stanley Cup winner with Detroit in 2008.
The big question hanging over the club is the future of Iginla, the franchise leader in most offensive categories and a Flame for all of his 15 years in the NHL. At 35, he is in the fifth and final year of his contract.
Iginla made it clear prior to the start of training camp he will not talk about his contract status or a possible trade every day of this truncated season, but he may not be able to avoid it if the Flames stagger at the start.
"Whoever becomes the best team the quickest is going to do well," said winger Mike Cammalleri. "Your odds are a lot better to be where you want to be should you have a strong start. However, there's always outliers and we'll take it as it comes. But right now we want to win Game 1."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 2:17:13 AM EST|