|51||SAN JOSE||-160||Ov 5.5,+110||-175||Ov 5.5,+115|
|52||COLUMBUS||+140||Un 5.5,-130||+155||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-1-0||+1||2-1||+1||1-1||3.7||28.7||2.0||31.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-4.7||1-4||-4.7||1-4||1.6||31.4||2.4||27.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||34||16||8||8||2||3||340||10.0%||57||13||22.8%||57|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3||11||7||3||1||0||0||86||12.8%||17||5||29.4%||22|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||4||2||1||1||1||157||5.1%||23||1||4.3%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||5||7||8||2||3||310||7.1%||48||5||10.4%||33|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||6||2||1||3||0||0||93||6.5%||14||3||21.4%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||2||5||2||3||136||8.8%||21||0||0.0%||14|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||2||2||56||54||96.4%||1||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)||1||1||32||30||93.7%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||2||2||56||54||96.4%||1||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||9||9||253||236||93.3%||0||6-3||+1.4||6-3-0||+1||3-5|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||2||2||61||57||93.4%||0||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||96||93.2%||0||1-3||-3.6||1-3-0||-4||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-6-0||-4||2-6||-4||4-3||2.2||28.5||3.1||28.1|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3||1-4||-3||3-1||2.2||28.4||3.4||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||24||6||9||8||1||1||334||7.2%||55||7||12.7%||42|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||18||5||6||7||0||0||228||7.9%||40||5||12.5%||33|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||4||4||3||0||0||142||7.7%||21||3||14.3%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||39||13||10||14||2||3||355||11.0%||47||7||14.9%||71|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||7||8||8||2||3||225||11.1%||36||5||13.9%||44|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||6||4||6||1||2||134||12.7%||21||4||19.0%||31|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||7||7||183||164||89.6%||1||2-5||-2.6||2-5-0||-2||2-4|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Home Games)||5||5||121||108||89.3%||0||1-4||-3.2||1-4-0||-3||2-2|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||79||69||87.3%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||6||5||170||153||90.0%||0||1-4||-2.8||1-4-0||-3||3-2|
|STEVE MASON (Home Games)||4||3||102||93||91.2%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||104||95||91.3%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.27, COLUMBUS 3.14|
|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|
|2/2/2013||NASHVILLE||1-2||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||U|
|2/4/2013||at ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/5/2013||CHICAGO||3-5||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||O|
|2/9/2013||PHOENIX||0-1||L||0, -160||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|2/12/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|2/15/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/19/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/22/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|1/19/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||DETROIT||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||at PHOENIX||1-5||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/24/2013||at COLORADO||0-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +145||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/28/2013||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, +170||L||5 ov||P|
|2/2/2013||DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/10/2013||EDMONTON||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|2/15/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/16/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|2/18/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/21/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|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: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.
COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.
LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.
OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-COLUMBUS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Blue Jackets Preview* =============================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
San Jose (7-2-2) at Columbus (3-6-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT
They were riding high at the end of January, but this month has been a different story for the San Jose Sharks.
Perhaps a visit to the Western Conference-worst Columbus Blue Jackets is just what they need to get back on track.
The Sharks will try to snap a four-game skid on Monday night when they open a six-game road trip against the struggling Blue Jackets.
After averaging 3.86 goals per game during its franchise-best 7-0-0 start, San Jose (7-2-2) has struggled to score while going 0-2-2 over its last four games.
The Sharks were blanked for the first time this season in a 1-0 shootout loss to Phoenix on Saturday, leaving them with just five goals in their last four games.
"We still need to bear down around the net, but there are things we can build upon heading out on the road," captain Joe Thornton said.
It hasn't helped that San Jose has struggled on the power play, scoring once in its last 25 opportunities after going 0 for 4 against the Coyotes.
Patrick Marleau has cooled off after a sizzling start, with no goals and one assist in his last six games after tallying nine and five in his first five contests.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture have tried to pick up the slack with a combined eight goals over the past seven contests.
Couture scored twice in San Jose's most recent visit to Columbus, a 6-3 loss on Feb. 21 that snapped San Jose's four-game winning streak in the series.
The Sharks, however, may be able to jump-start their offense against the Blue Jackets, who rank near the bottom of the West in goals allowed (38).
Columbus (3-7-2) looks to wrap up a season-high six-game homestand on a positive note after going 1-3-1 in the first five.
Sergei Bobrovsky lost his third consecutive start in a 3-1 loss to Edmonton on Sunday, allowing two goals on only 13 shots.
R.J. Umberger finally scored his first goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who registered a season-high 40 shots but went scoreless on seven power-play chances.
"Tonight was definitely our highest-scoring chance game that we created," coach Todd Richards said. "The goalie was the difference in the game."
Umberger had a goal and an assist to key the victory over San Jose last February, but has just three goals in 17 career games in the series.
Columbus had scored nine goals in its previous three games before Sunday, but the power play has struggled most of the season, going 4 for 46 over the past 10 contests.
It may not be any easier against the Sharks, who have improved their penalty killing. After allowing a power-play goal in each of its first three games, San Jose has killed 34 straight short-handed situations.
Offense could also be hard to come by against Antti Niemi, who is 3-1-2 with a 1.58 goals-against average in his last six starts.
He's also won four of five career starts with a 2.64 GAA against the Blue Jackets.
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 4:25:41 AM EST|