|11||SAN JOSE||+100||Ov 5,+100||-105||Ov 5,+105|
|12||NASHVILLE||-120||Un 5,-120||-115||Un 5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-3-0||-2||2-3||-2||2-2||2.6||27.6||2.6||30.8|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-6.8||0-5||-6.8||2-3||1.2||28.8||3.0||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||36||16||9||9||2||3||392||9.2%||66||14||21.2%||61|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||13||7||4||2||0||0||138||9.4%||26||6||23.1%||26|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||4||1||1||0||0||144||4.2%||22||1||4.5%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||29||6||9||11||3||3||371||7.8%||54||7||13.0%||46|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||13||3||3||6||1||0||154||8.4%||20||5||25.0%||23|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||3||6||2||2||145||10.3%||19||2||10.5%||22|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||3||3||92||84||91.3%||1||1-2||-2||1-2-0||-2||1-2|
|THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)||2||2||68||60||88.2%||0||0-2||-3||0-2-0||-3||1-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||3||3||92||84||91.3%||1||1-2||-2||1-2-0||-2||1-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||10||10||278||260||93.5%||1||6-4||+0.3||6-4-0||0||3-6|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||3||3||86||81||94.2%||1||2-1||+1||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||94||94.0%||1||0-4||-5.7||0-4-0||-6||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-3-0||-1.7||2-3||-1.7||1-4||1.8||22.8||2.0||30.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.7||3-2||+1.7||1-4||2.2||20.2||1.2||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||25||12||5||5||3||2||278||9.0%||41||6||14.6%||39|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5||9||5||3||0||1||0||114||7.9%||13||4||30.8%||18|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||5||4||1||1||0||101||10.9%||14||2||14.3%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||26||7||8||7||4||3||367||7.1%||50||8||16.0%||40|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||10||3||3||2||2||2||151||6.6%||15||2||13.3%||14|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||6||0||4||1||1||0||148||4.1%||20||2||10.0%||10|
|CHRIS MASON (All Games)||2||2||62||59||95.2%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CHRIS MASON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)||2||2||62||59||95.2%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||11||11||305||285||93.4%||4||5-6||-0.4||5-6-0||0||2-9|
|PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)||5||5||151||143||94.7%||2||2-3||-1.7||2-3-0||-2||1-4|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||112||96.6%||2||3-1||+2.7||3-1-0||+3||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.21, NASHVILLE 3.21|
|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||2-6||L||0, -190||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/12/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|2/15/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/19/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/22/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/23/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|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||2-1||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at ST LOUIS||6-1||W||0, +170||W||5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-0||W||0, -105||W||5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at MINNESOTA||1-2||L||0, +115||L||5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||CHICAGO||0-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|2/18/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|2/23/2013||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: 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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-NASHVILLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Predators Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
San Jose (7-2-2) at Nashville (5-3-4), 8:00 p.m. EDT
While the Nashville Predators managed to hide their offensive deficiencies during their season-best winning streak, they haven't been able to overcome them lately.
Nashville, however, may be catching the San Jose Sharks at the right time.
The Predators hope to jump-start their offense on Tuesday night and send the visiting Sharks to a sixth straight loss.
After scoring 10 goals during a 1-2-3 start, Nashville (5-3-4) responded with four straight victories and appeared to break out of its scoring funk with nine goals in the final two games of that run.
The Predators, though, have taken a step back offensively lately, totaling one goal during back-to-back losses, including Sunday's 3-0 defeat to Chicago.
Nashville has already been shut out three times in 12 games after getting blanked only three times all last season.
It hasn't helped that the team ranks last in the league with 253 shots after finishing with 17 on Sunday.
"We didn't really challenge them very well," forward Mike Fisher said. "It wasn't our A-game no question."
Martin Erat, who had a team-best 58 points last season, and Colin Wilson lead the Predators with just three goals apiece.
Erat missed Nashville's 2-1 shootout win at San Jose on Feb. 2 with a foot injury, but looks to extend a four-game point streak in the series.
Sergei Kostitsyn scored the team's lone goal against the Sharks, while Pekka Rinne had 26 saves to help the Predators win for the third time in the last four meetings (3-0-1).
Nashville, which ranks near the bottom of the NHL with 1.83 goals per game, may have a difficult time turning things around in this meeting.
Antti Niemi is expected to start the second stop on San Jose's six-game road trip after backup Thomas Greiss struggled in a 6-2 loss at last-place Columbus on Monday. The Sharks (7-3-2) had allowed an NHL-low 1.82 goals per game heading into the contest.
Niemi is 6-1-2 with a 1.82 goals-against average in nine starts. He's also 4-2-2 with a 1.98 GAA in his last eight against the Predators, and stopped 23 of 24 shots in the first meeting this season.
Monday's loss was the fifth straight for San Jose following a franchise-best 7-0-0 start.
"It's pretty simple," coach Todd McLellan said. "The team that works the hardest wins."
San Jose averaged 3.86 goals per game in its first seven, but has scored just seven times in its last five contests.
Patrick Marleau, however, may have gotten back on track after breaking his six-game goalless drought with his 10th of the season Monday.
Marleau has done some damage in Nashville with 11 goals and 30 points in 26 career regular-season games.
Joe Pavelski also scored against the Blue Jackets, giving him six goals in his last eight games. He's also scored three in his last two trips to Nashville.
Pavelski's goal was only San Jose's second in its last 28 power-play opportunities over the last seven games. The Sharks were 12 for 32 in their first five contests.
Rinne had won four straight starts with a 0.72 GAA before losing to Chicago. He's won three of his last four games against the Sharks with a 1.66 GAA.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 7:44:33 PM EST|