|21||NASHVILLE||+140||Ov 5,-130||+140||Ov 5,-130|
|22||SAN JOSE||-160||Un 5,+110||-160||Un 5,+110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-3-0||-0.7||2-3||-0.7||0-5||1.4||19.0||2.4||25.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.7||2-3||-0.7||0-5||1.4||19.0||2.4||25.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||12||7||1||3||1||1||153||7.8%||22||4||18.2%||17|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||7||3||0||3||1||1||95||7.4%||15||1||6.7%||7|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||7||3||0||3||1||1||95||7.4%||15||1||6.7%||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||7||4||5||3||3||192||9.9%||25||5||20.0%||29|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||12||4||3||4||1||1||125||9.6%||21||3||14.3%||19|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||4||3||4||1||1||125||9.6%||21||3||14.3%||19|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CHRIS MASON (Road Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||30||29||96.7%||0||1-0||+1.4||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||6||6||162||147||90.7%||2||1-5||-4.8||1-5-0||-5||1-5|
|PEKKA RINNE (Road Games)||4||4||95||85||89.5%||2||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||95||85||89.5%||2||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||1-4||3.8||32.2||1.6||28.2|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||1-4||3.8||32.2||1.6||28.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||29||12||8||7||2||3||221||13.1%||39||12||30.8%||48|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5||19||6||5||6||2||3||161||11.8%||28||7||25.0%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||6||5||6||2||3||161||11.8%||28||7||25.0%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||12||2||6||4||0||0||202||5.9%||30||5||16.7%||23|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||8||0||5||3||0||0||141||5.7%||22||2||9.1%||15|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||8||0||5||3||0||0||141||5.7%||22||2||9.1%||15|
|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)||6||6||178||166||93.3%||0||6-0||+6||6-0-0||+6||2-3|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||4||4||117||109||93.2%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-3|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||109||93.2%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NASHVILLE 3.31, SAN JOSE 2.99|
|1/19/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|1/22/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|1/24/2013||at ST LOUIS||0-3||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/28/2013||at PHOENIX||0-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-1||W||0, +135||W||5 un||U|
|2/2/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/5/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/7/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/9/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/12/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|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|
|1/31/2013||EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/11/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|2/12/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
LAST SEASON: 48-26-8, 104 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-1 in Western semifinals.
COACH: Barry Trotz, 14th season, all with Predators, 503-424-60.
ADDED: D Scott Hannan, G Chris Mason. Re-signed forwards Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn, Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad to multi-year deals along with D Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.
LOST: D Ryan Suter, F Jordin Tootoo, D Francis Bouillon, F Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.
PLAYER TO WATCH: D Roman Josi. The Predators will start pairing the 22-year-old defenseman with captain Shea Weber trying to replace Suter, who averaged a team-high 26 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time per game last season. Josi averaged 18:23 with the Predators going 34-15-3 with him in the lineup last season and 14-11-5 without him.
OUTLOOK: With Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne now signed through the next six years, the Predators believe that core and youth has them primed to build on consecutive trips to the Western Conference semifinals and get them to the Stanley Cup.
|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 (NASHVILLE-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Predators-Sharks Preview* ==========================
Nashville (2-2-3) at San Jose (7-0-0), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The San Jose Sharks have seen their play dip a bit recently, but they're somewhat OK with it as long as they maintain their perfect start.
The Sharks try for their eighth straight win to start the season as they look to cap a perfect six-game homestand Saturday night when they meet the goal-shy Nashville Predators.
San Jose (7-0-0) is the NHL's only unbeaten team and off to the best start in franchise history. The Sharks won their first five games in regulation before needing shootouts to prevail in their last two.
"The more you can bank points, the better off you are," coach Todd McLellan said. "We'll have our share of times where we're frustrated and maybe not winning, but right now we've got to keep putting them in the bank as much as we possibly can."
There is room for improvement after back-to-back 3-2 victories, including Thursday's over Edmonton in which the Sharks blew a two-goal lead.
"Obviously, we've got to be better than the last two games," center Michal Handzus said. "We've got to work on it. The wins matter, for sure, but you cannot let it slide. You've got to still play well."
Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton were held without points for the first time all season, leaving them still with 14 apiece. Marleau leads the NHL with nine goals while Thornton led San Jose with seven points in four games against Nashville last season.
While San Jose is averaging 3.86 goals for one of the league's highest marks, Nashville (2-2-3) is last in that department at 1.57. The Predators are without Patric Hornqvist, who scored a team-high 27 goals a season ago and is out with a knee injury.
The poor offense has made life difficult for Pekka Rinne. A Vezina Trophy finalist in 2011-12, Rinne finally earned his first win, 2-1 at Los Angeles in a shootout on Thursday.
"I've been putting a lot of pressure on myself," said Rinne, who dropped his first three shootouts. "It's been a tough go so far, but hopefully this will change the course of how things have been going."
Rinne went 2-1-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average against the Sharks last season while Antti Niemi had the same record and a 2.65 GAA for San Jose.
One concern for Nashville is defenseman Shea Weber, who still has yet to register a point. Weber was fourth on the team with 49 points a season ago, including a team-best five against San Jose.
The Predators are 0 for 12 on the power play over their last four games while the Sharks have not conceded a goal in their opponents' last 16 chances.
McLellan likes the way his penalty-kill unit has complemented Niemi, who has a 1.95 GAA this season.
"It starts with the goaltender, he (has) made some great saves when he had to," McLellan said. "Everybody else is doing their jobs and not getting caught out very long. We've been able to stay fresh on the penalty kill, which helps."
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 7:31:10 AM EST|