|15||EDMONTON||+170||Ov 5.5,-105||+170||Ov 5.5,-105|
|16||SAN JOSE||-200||Un 5.5,-115||-200||Un 5.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-1-0||+1.3||2-1||+1.3||1-2||2.7||24.3||2.3||30.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||2-3||2.8||27.2||2.6||32.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||17||5||4||5||3||2||168||10.1%||32||11||34.4%||30|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3||8||2||2||2||2||1||73||11.0%||12||4||33.3%||13|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||3||4||2||1||136||10.3%||28||10||35.7%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||15||9||4||2||0||0||192||7.8%||29||5||17.2%||27|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||7||3||3||1||0||0||92||7.6%||13||2||15.4%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||8||3||2||0||0||163||8.0%||24||5||20.8%||25|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||6||6||178||163||91.6%||0||4-2||+2.4||4-2-0||+2||2-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||3||3||92||85||92.4%||0||2-1||+1.3||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||125||94.7%||0||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4-0-0||+4||4-0||+4||1-3||4.0||30.7||1.5||28.2|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||2-3||4.4||30.8||1.8||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||26||12||6||7||1||2||183||14.2%||34||12||35.3%||48|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||16||6||3||6||1||2||123||13.0%||23||7||30.4%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||22||12||3||6||1||2||154||14.3%||28||10||35.7%||40|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||10||2||5||3||0||0||174||5.7%||27||5||18.5%||19|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||6||0||4||2||0||0||113||5.3%||19||2||10.5%||11|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||1||5||3||0||0||142||6.3%||24||4||16.7%||17|
|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)||5||5||150||140||93.3%||0||5-0||+5||5-0-0||+5||2-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||3||3||89||83||93.3%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||1-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||118||109||92.4%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: EDMONTON 3.35, SAN JOSE 2.95|
|1/20/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||SAN JOSE||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/30/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/2/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|2/9/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/10/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|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|
|1/27/2013||VANCOUVER||4-1||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||ANAHEIM||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/11/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
LAST SEASON: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
|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 (EDMONTON-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Oilers-Sharks Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Edmonton (4-2-0) at San Jose (6-0-0), 10:30 p.m. EDT
While the San Jose Sharks are enjoying their best start in franchise history, coach Todd McLellan feels they still need to tighten some things up.
The Edmonton Oilers can't be happy to hear that.
San Jose, the NHL's last remaining unbeaten, tries to pick up another two points and continue its recent dominance of the visiting Oilers as these clubs meet for the second time Thursday night.
After outscoring their first five opponents 23-8, the Sharks (6-0-0) found themselves in a bit of trouble Tuesday before pulling out a 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim. Logan Couture notched his fourth goal 17:15 into the third period and Michal Handzus recorded the shootout's lone tally to keep San Jose undefeated.
"We've got to be excited that we put points in the bank and were able to come back, but we have to tell it like it was, they were the better team," said McLellan, whose club was outshot 30-18. "It was a frustrating night but at least we found a way to win.
"Overall we'll take the lack of execution as a team and we'll move on and try to make it better. ... We'd like to refresh it a little bit and go over some things in practice so that when we the fast Edmonton team we're ready to go."
The Sharks had their way with the Oilers (4-2-0) last Tuesday, scoring all of their goals in the first period of a 6-3 road win. Couture and Patrick Marleau each scored twice and added an assist while Joe Thornton set up three goals as San Jose improved to 12-2-2 against Edmonton dating to 2009.
Couture, Marleau and Thornton have all been instrumental to the Sharks' success in this series. Couture has six goals and three assists in his last eight games against the Oilers, Marleau has 12 goals and 20 points in his last 15 and Thornton has five goals and 20 assists since 2009.
Since losing to San Jose last week, the Oilers have won three of four, allowing one goal in each victory. After blowing a shutout with 19 seconds left in regulation Wednesday, Edmonton escaped with a 2-1 overtime win at Phoenix thanks to rookie sensation Nail Yakupov's goal 3:52 into OT.
Edmonton hasn't won five of its first seven games since opening 6-2-0 in 2006-07.
"Dealing with that late goal and to be able to get the two points showed a lot of character," coach Ralph Krueger said. "It was another real big growth opportunity for our team."
Selected No. 1 overall in the 2012 draft, Yakupov, who leads the team with four goals, is quickly starting to emerge as a legitimate threat for the Oilers.
"It's another big goal for Nail and he seems to have a knack for scoring those," Sam Gagner said of the 19-year-old.
Devan Dubnyk, who's started all six games, made 27 saves Wednesday. Dubnyk is 4-4-0 with a 3.08 goals-against average lifetime against San Jose, allowing two goals or fewer in the wins and a combined 17 in the losses.
While the Sharks are averaging 4.2 goals to rank second in the NHL, they're also second in goals allowed with 10. San Jose has killed off all 13 of its opponents' power-play chances over its last three games.
"We try to play good defense, a lot of our offense comes from playing good defense and getting out quick," said Thornton, whose 14 points are tied with Marleau for the league lead.
Antti Niemi has been a huge part of that success, going 5-0-0 with a 1.97 GAA. The Finland native is 4-0-1 with a 2.36 GAA lifetime against Edmonton.
It's unknown if star defenseman Dan Boyle will be available after sitting out Tuesday with the flu. He has two goals and four assists.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:32:03 AM EST|