|61||SAN JOSE||+140||Ov 5.5,+105||+110||Ov 5.5,+125|
|62||ST LOUIS||-160||Un 5.5,-125||-130||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-4-0||-3||2-4||-3||2-3||2.3||27.7||2.8||31.8|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-6.7||0-5||-6.7||2-3||1.2||29.2||3.4||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||14||37||16||10||9||2||3||420||8.8%||70||14||20.0%||63|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||14||7||5||2||0||0||166||8.4%||30||6||20.0%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||3||2||1||0||0||146||4.1%||20||1||5.0%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||33||7||11||12||3||3||408||8.1%||59||8||13.6%||54|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||17||4||5||7||1||0||191||8.9%||25||6||24.0%||31|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||5||5||5||2||2||150||11.3%||18||3||16.7%||28|
|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)||11||11||315||293||93.0%||1||6-5||-0.7||6-5-0||-1||3-7|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||4||4||123||114||92.7%||1||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||104||92.0%||1||0-4||-4.8||0-4-0||-5||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-4-0||-4.4||3-4||-4.4||5-1||3.1||29.4||3.6||19.6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.2||3-2||-0.2||4-0||3.8||25.2||3.6||25.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||52||21||14||13||4||3||435||12.0%||55||19||34.5%||91|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||22||7||7||7||1||0||206||10.7%||29||10||34.5%||41|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||9||4||4||2||1||126||15.1%||16||6||37.5%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||48||18||17||12||1||2||348||13.8%||57||14||24.6%||86|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||7||12||5||1||1||137||18.2%||20||4||20.0%||45|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||6||7||4||1||1||127||14.2%||18||4||22.2%||29|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||4||3||89||79||88.8%||0||3-0||+3.2||3-0-0||+3||3-0|
|JAKE ALLEN (Home Games)||1||0||8||6||75.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||89||79||88.8%||0||3-0||+3.2||3-0-0||+3||3-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)||9||7||186||158||84.9%||0||2-5||-6.4||2-5-0||-7||4-1|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Home Games)||5||5||102||80||78.4%||0||1-4||-6.4||1-4-0||-7||4-0|
|BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)||4||4||86||68||79.1%||0||0-4||-7.4||0-4-0||-8||3-0|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)||5||5||72||64||88.9%||2||4-1||+2.8||4-1-0||+3||4-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Home Games)||2||2||27||27||100.0%||2||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||58||50||86.2%||1||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA (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 3.36, ST LOUIS 3.18|
|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||1-4||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/19/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|2/22/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|2/23/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|1/24/2013||NASHVILLE||3-0||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||U|
|1/26/2013||at DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||MINNESOTA||5-4||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||at COLUMBUS||4-1||W||0, -200||W||5 ov||P|
|2/1/2013||at DETROIT||3-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||NASHVILLE||1-6||L||0, -200||L||5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||DETROIT||1-5||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||ANAHEIM||5-6||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|2/11/2013||LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||P|
|2/13/2013||at DETROIT||4-3||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at CALGARY||5-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/19/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|2/20/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|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.
|ST LOUIS: |
LAST SEASON: 49-22-11, 109 points, Central Division championship. Lost to Los Angeles 4-0 in second round.
COACH: Ken Hitchcock, 1st full season with Blues, 43-15-11; 16th overall, 576-365-169 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Vladimir Tarasenko, LW Jaden Schwartz, D Jeff Woywitka, D Colin White.
LOST: RW B.J. Crombeen, D Kent Huskins (unsigned unrestricted free agent).
PLAYER TO WATCH: Shifty, inventive LW David Perron has potential to lift a grinding offense that ranked in the bottom third of the NHL after scoring 42 points in 57 last season after recovering from concussion that sidelined him a full season.
OUTLOOK: The Blues stood pat after second-best point total in franchise history, banking on continued development of youthful roster, and figure to be among top teams in Western Conference. Hitchcock was NHL coach of year, elevating play across the board of roster that was 7-7 before he replaced Davis Payne.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Blues Preview* ======================
San Jose (7-4-3) at St. Louis (9-5-1), 8:00 p.m. EDT
Brian Elliott helped the St. Louis Blues eliminate the San Jose Sharks from last year's postseason, but his club may have recently found a new solution in goal.
Rookie Jake Allen has been solid in winning his first three NHL starts and could make his first at home Tuesday night when the Blues try to hand the Sharks an eighth straight defeat.
These teams will meet for the first time since St. Louis (9-5-1) ousted San Jose in five games in the first round. Elliott replaced an injured Jaroslav Halak in a 3-0 victory in Game 2 before posting a 1.67 goals-against average in winning his three starts over the rest of the series.
Elliott now owns one of the worst GAAs in the league at 3.57 while Halak hasn't played since Feb. 1 due to a groin strain.
The 22-year-old Allen has been called up twice from Peoria of the AHL, most recently last Tuesday. He posted a 2.58 GAA in winning all three games on the Blues' road trip, capped by a 28-save performance Sunday in a 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver.
"(Allen) has really helped stabilize us," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's just a solid guy, there's no holes in his game. It's a big step for us."
The Blues are starting a set of games on back-to-back nights, with a visit to Colorado on Wednesday. Hitchcock said he will likely start Allen in one contest and Halak in the other.
Elliott had a dreadful .791 save percentage as the starter during a winless four-game homestand before giving way to Allen last week. St. Louis now tries to avoid its first five-game home skid since Dec. 18, 2009-Jan. 2, 2010.
San Jose (7-4-3), meanwhile, is enduring its longest losing streak since an 0-7-3 stretch Nov. 5-30, 2005. The Sharks, who fell 4-1 at Chicago on Friday, won all seven games in January for the best start in franchise history before losing every contest this month.
"It's amazing what's happened in 15 days," coach Todd McLellan said. "It doesn't even look like the same team, it's not even remotely close. Are we going to rely on what we saw early in the year and the performances that we were receiving or are we going to take these next seven games and evaluate on that?"
Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton each amassed 14 points through six contests, but that duo has combined for two over the last eight games.
The Sharks have had three days off since reaching the halfway point of a six-game road trip that takes them back to Chicago on Friday.
"Maybe another break will help us, we can regroup and get ready for two more really hard games," center Logan Couture said. "I know St. Louis is a good team, obviously we know that and Chicago again. We're worried about St. Louis now."
While Thornton led San Jose with five points in last year's playoff series against St. Louis, Andy McDonald paced the Blues with eight points and Patrik Berglund added seven.
Berglund will seek his first career four-game goal streak for St. Louis, which also swept four 2011-12 regular-season meetings from San Jose. Marleau was held without a point in all of those games as well as the first-round series.
The Blues went 6 for 18 on the power play in the playoffs against the Sharks and currently lead the league at 34.6 percent.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 1:28:28 AM EST|