|15||VANCOUVER||+110||Ov 5.5,-110||+100||Ov 5.5,-110|
|16||SAN JOSE||-130||Un 5.5,-110||-120||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-0-0||+1||1-0||+1||0-1||5.0||34.0||0.0||30.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-2-0||-0.9||2-2||-0.9||1-3||3.2||32.0||3.0||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||4||13||5||4||3||1||1||128||10.2%||22||6||27.3%||17|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1||5||2||1||2||0||0||34||14.7%||9||3||33.3%||7|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||4||13||5||4||3||1||1||128||10.2%||22||6||27.3%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||12||2||7||2||1||1||124||9.7%||14||5||35.7%||17|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||0||0||0||0||0||0||30||0.0%||2||0||0.0%||0|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||7||2||1||1||124||9.7%||14||5||35.7%||17|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||2||1||44||40||90.9%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||2||1||44||40||90.9%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||3||3||80||73||91.2%||0||2-1||+0.5||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)||1||1||30||30||100.0%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||3||3||80||73||91.2%||0||2-1||+0.5||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-0-0||+2||2-0||+2||1-1||4.5||39.0||1.5||29.5|
|Last 5 Games||4-0-0||+4||4-0||+4||2-1||4.7||34.5||1.7||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||4||19||9||5||5||0||1||138||13.8%||24||10||41.7%||38|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||9||3||2||4||0||1||78||11.5%||13||5||38.5%||18|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||4||19||9||5||5||0||1||138||13.8%||24||10||41.7%||38|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||7||2||2||3||0||0||120||5.8%||16||5||31.2%||14|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||3||0||1||2||0||0||59||5.1%||8||2||25.0%||6|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||2||2||3||0||0||120||5.8%||16||5||31.2%||14|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Home Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||3||3||96||89||92.7%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||1||1||35||32||91.4%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||3||3||96||89||92.7%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 2.74, SAN JOSE 2.85|
|1/19/2013||ANAHEIM||3-7||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/20/2013||EDMONTON||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/23/2013||CALGARY||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-0||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|1/28/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/4/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|2/7/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|1/20/2013||at CALGARY||4-1||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||P|
|1/22/2013||at EDMONTON||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||PHOENIX||5-3||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/26/2013||COLORADO||4-0||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canucks-Sharks Preview* ========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Vancouver (2-1-1) at San Jose (3-0-0), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Behind the scorching stick of Patrick Marleau, the San Jose Sharks are one win away from their best start in franchise history. Standing in the way are the Vancouver Canucks, a team they've had trouble with over the past two seasons.
The Sharks will try to remain one of the league's three unbeatens Sunday when they host the Canucks, who have 10 of the last 13 meetings including playoffs.
San Jose (4-0-0) has matched its start from 2008-09, when it went on to claim the Presidents' Trophy. Chicago and New Jersey, both also in action Sunday, are the only other clubs without a loss.
Marleau has been a huge reason for the success, outscoring the Sharks' opponents on his own 8-7. He had two more goals Saturday in a 4-0 win against Colorado to join Ottawa's Cy Denneny in 1917-18 as the only other player to open a season with four straight multigoal games.
The franchise's all-time leader in goals, Marleau had never totaled more than three in his first four games of a season. He also has three assists in his last three contests.
"I don't know if he can keep scoring two goals every night. But he can keep his play up the way it's been," coach Todd McLellan said of Marleau, the first NHL player to post four straight multigoal games at any point in a season since Alexander Mogilny did it in five in a row for Buffalo in 1992-93.
"He's been skating extremely well. A ton of confidence. He's prepared to shoot the puck. He's engaged physically. It's a great reward for him. He came focused to play."
In addition to Marleau leading the league in goals, San Jose also boasts the top two assist men in Joe Thornton (nine) and Joe Pavelski (eight). The trio has helped anchor a power-play unit that has converted 10 of 24 chances (41.7 percent).
The Canucks (2-1-1) have been vulnerable on the penalty kill, yielding five goals on 14 chances, but they tightened up defensively in a 5-0 victory at Anaheim on Friday, their second straight win. Vancouver scored three goals on the man advantage, improving to 6 for 22 after finishing fourth in the league last season at 19.8 percent.
Daniel Sedin has an assist in each game this season along with two goals, with five of his six points coming on the power play.
Cory Schneider stopped all 30 shots he faced Friday for his fifth career shutout. He gave up five goals on just 14 shots six days earlier in the Canucks' 7-3 season-opening loss to the Ducks, but has stopped 64 of 66 shots in two starts since.
"I'm not going to feel bad for myself," Schneider told the league's official website. "I don't need pats on the shoulder all the time to say it's going to be all right. Part of your job is to bounce back mentally and be the one that repairs (himself). Other people can't do it for you. I like to think I got past the point a while ago, but you've got to put it in practice sometimes."
The Canucks should feel confident against San Jose, having gone 10-1-2 in this series - including a five-game victory in the 2011 Western Conference finals - since the start of the 2010-11 season. Henrik Sedin has totaled 19 points in those games, which include four straight regular-season victories for Vancouver at HP Pavilion.
Center Manny Malhotra is expected to rejoin the Canucks for Sunday's game after he missed Friday's contest to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple's third child.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 9:08:31 PM EST|