|59||SAN JOSE||+135||Ov 5.5,+100||+125||Ov 5.5,+110|
|60||CHICAGO||-155||Un 5.5,-120||-145||Un 5.5,-130|
|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)||2-1-0||+0.4||2-1||+0.4||0-3||2.3||28.0||2.0||31.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.4||4-1||+2.4||2-3||3.8||28.0||2.0||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||13||44||16||14||11||3||2||372||11.8%||56||10||17.9%||71|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||7||2||3||1||1||0||84||8.3%||12||3||25.0%||13|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||7||7||4||1||2||140||13.6%||22||3||13.6%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||28||8||6||11||3||3||362||7.7%||47||4||8.5%||45|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||6||0||1||4||1||1||95||6.3%||13||2||15.4%||10|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||2||4||1||1||152||6.6%||16||3||18.7%||17|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||10||10||262||245||93.5%||0||7-3||+3.1||7-3-0||+3||2-8|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)||3||3||95||90||94.7%||0||2-1||+0.4||2-1-0||0||0-3|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||97||94.2%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||3||3||100||92||92.0%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-1|
|RAY EMERY (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||3||3||100||92||92.0%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.24, CHICAGO 3.19|
|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||0-1||L||0, -105||L||5 un||U|
|2/15/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/19/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/22/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/23/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|1/19/2013||at LOS ANGELES||5-2||W||0, +105||W||5 ov||O|
|1/20/2013||at PHOENIX||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/22/2013||ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at DALLAS||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -165||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/27/2013||DETROIT||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/30/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/1/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-2||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||U|
|2/2/2013||at CALGARY||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/5/2013||at SAN JOSE||5-3||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||O|
|2/7/2013||at PHOENIX||6-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/10/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-0||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/15/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|2/17/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|2/22/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|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: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.
ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.
LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford
OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Blackhawks Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Jose (7-3-3) at Chicago (10-0-3), 8:30 p.m. EDT
The first meeting this season between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks featured a matchup of the Western Conference's top teams that had gotten off to hot starts.
While Chicago has maintained its position atop the West, San Jose suddenly can't seem to find the back of the net.
The Blackhawks, though, aren't taking the struggling Sharks lightly heading into the rematch Friday night at the United Center.
San Jose has dropped six straight games - including a 5-3 home loss to Chicago on Feb. 5 - after a franchise-best 7-0-0 start.
"It doesn't really change much from our perspective," said Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp, whose 10 assists are second on the team to Patrick Kane's 11. "They're still a top team across the league and, if anything, it makes them hungrier for a win. It was a tough game when we played them in their building and I assume it's going to be the same (Friday)."
Chicago, which is in the midst of a seven-game homestand, is the league's only team without a regulation defeat after Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim in its first game at the United Center following a six-game trip.
The Blackhawks (10-0-3) failed to capitalize on nearly four minutes of power-play time in overtime and had their four-game winning streak snapped, falling to 1-3 in shootouts.
"(The shootout) is one thing we can say we have to be better at," coach Joel Quenneville said.
The Sharks (7-3-3) can't seem to score no matter the situation. They've been shut out in two of their last three games and have been held to two goals or fewer five times during their skid.
Since the loss to Chicago, they've fallen 1-0 in a shootout to Phoenix on Saturday, been routed 6-2 at Columbus on Monday and lost 1-0 in overtime at Nashville the next night.
San Jose outscored opponents 27-12 in its first seven games but has been outscored 15-7 since. Patrick Marleau had nine goals through the first five contests, but he's scored only once in the last eight.
"We have to find a way to get over the hump, get one by some goaltenders and find some wins here," coach Todd McLellan said.
Antti Niemi hasn't allowed a goal in regulation in either of his last two starts, last giving up Kane's goal at the 11:52 mark of the second period in the loss to Chicago. He doesn't have a win to show for his recent efforts, though.
He made 21 saves versus Phoenix before stopping 24 shots at Nashville. It's unclear if Niemi will get the start against his former team. He is 6-1-3 with a 1.74 goals-against average this season but is 0-2-1 with a 4.38 GAA in his last three starts at the United Center.
"We just have to find ways to get one or two or three (goals)," said Joe Pavelski, who doesn't have an assist in his last nine games after having eight in his first four. "With the numbers we are pitching and the ways our goalies are playing, we can win with those numbers."
Quenneville said Ray Emery, who is 3-0-0 with a 2.60 GAA, will be in net for Chicago. He's won each of his last two starts versus the Sharks, stopping 57 of 60 shots.
"He hasn't had a home game yet," Quenneville said. "He's played very well for us and he deserves it by how he's played."
Kane, who is among the NHL leaders with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) and has at least one in 12 of 13 games, scored twice in the first meeting with the Sharks. He had scored only once in his previous 12 in the series, including the postseason.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 1:46:12 PM EST|