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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 1/26/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



COLORADO (2-1-0-0, 4 pts.) at SAN JOSE (3-0-0-0, 6 pts.)
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Saturday, 1/26/2013 4:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
51COLORADO+145Ov 5.5,+100+135Ov 5.5,+100
52SAN JOSE-165Un 5.5,-120-155Un 5.5,-120
COLORADO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-1-0+12-1+11-
Team Stats (Road Games)0-1-0-10-1-11-
Last 5 Games2-1-0+12-1+11-
COLORADO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)39306008610.5%10110.0%16
Team Stats (Road Games)1210100277.4%300.0%4
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)39306008610.5%10110.0%16
Stats Against (All Games) 513100975.2%19210.5%10
Stats Against (Road Games) 4031003511.4%7228.6%8
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 513100975.2%19210.5%10
COLORADO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)33979294.8%12-1+12-1-0+11-2
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)11353188.6%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)33979294.8%12-1+12-1-0+11-2

SAN JOSE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-0-0+33-0+32-
Team Stats (Home Games)1-0-0+11-0+11-
Last 5 Games3-0-0+33-0+32-
SAN JOSE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)315735019515.8%18738.9%30
Team Stats (Home Games)15104013514.3%7228.6%10
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)315735019515.8%18738.9%30
Stats Against (All Games) 722300967.3%14535.7%14
Stats Against (Home Games) 301200358.6%6233.3%6
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 722300967.3%14535.7%14
SAN JOSE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
THOMAS GREISS (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
THOMAS GREISS (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)33968992.7%03-0+33-0-0+32-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)11353291.4%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)33968992.7%03-0+33-0-0+32-0
Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.16,  SAN JOSE 2.89
COLORADO - Schedule
1/19/2013at MINNESOTA2-4L0, +125L5 ovO
1/22/2013LOS ANGELES3-1W0, +105W5 ovU
1/24/2013COLUMBUS4-0W0, -160W5.5 unU
1/26/2013at SAN JOSE 
1/28/2013at EDMONTON 
1/30/2013at VANCOUVER 
1/31/2013at CALGARY 

SAN JOSE - Schedule
1/20/2013at CALGARY4-1W0, -135W5 ovP
1/22/2013at EDMONTON6-3W0, -130W5.5 unO
1/24/2013PHOENIX5-3W0, -200W5.5 unO
2/4/2013at ANAHEIM 

LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.

COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.

ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon

LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.


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.



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.

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*Avalanche-Sharks Preview* ==========================


Colorado (2-1-0) at San Jose (3-0-0), 4:00 p.m. EDT

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan is pleased that his team's offense is clicking.

His whole team has generally been on top of its game in recent years against the Colorado Avalanche.

The unbeaten Sharks look to continue their early success Saturday as they try for a seventh straight overall win against the Avalanche and a ninth consecutive regular-season series victory at home.

Ranked 13th in the NHL with 219 goals last season, San Jose (3-0-0) is on pace to surpass that total even though it will play 34 fewer games due to the lockout. The Sharks have netted 15 goals, with Patrick Marleau scoring twice in each of the first three games. He is the first player to accomplish that feat since Peter Stastny - father of Avs center Paul Stastny - in 1982-83 with the Quebec Nordiques.

Logan Couture has three goals, Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat both have two, and captain Joe Thornton (eight) and Joe Pavelski (seven) are among the NHL assist leaders.

"Teams are going to count on their big guys to get the job done," said McLellan, whose team opened its home schedule with Thursday's 5-3 win over Phoenix. "Ours are producing right now."

The Sharks have outscored the Avs 25-11 during their regular-season home winning streak in this series. San Jose found the back of the net five times in both of Colorado's visits to HP Pavilion last season.

Repeating that effort could be a challenge given how the Avs (2-1-0) have shored up their defense since a 4-2 season-opening loss at Minnesota.

Semyon Varlamov has turned aside 61 of 62 shots and Colorado has killed all 12 penalties - extending its streak to 16 - while winning its last two.

"The guys did a great job for me," Varlamov said after making 33 saves in Thursday's 4-0 home win over Columbus. "They blocked a lot of shots, so I can say thanks."

Center John Mitchell received plenty of praise for his play and his toughness after getting hit in the face by the puck in the first period Thursday, then returning to net his second goal of the season in the third.

He's tied with Matt Duchene and fellow newcomer P.A. Parenteau for the team lead.

"(Mitchell) has been really good for us in the first three games," coach Joe Sacco told the Avs' official website. "Certainly I like the way he has played; he is versatile, he can kill penalties, he can our power play. He can do a lot for us."

Sacco is going to need a lot from his special teams, as San Jose has converted 7 of 18 on the power play.

The Sharks' penalty kill has room for improvement - it's allowed five goals in 14 attempts - but goaltender Antti Niemi has given up just two even-strength goals in three starts.

Niemi is 4-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against average in four home starts versus Colorado since joining San Jose in 2010-11.

Veteran center Scott Gomez could make his Sharks debut after signing with the club on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 6/18/2018 8:04:05 AM EST

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