|17||COLORADO||+160||Ov 5.5,+120||+150||Ov 5,-145|
|18||SAN JOSE||-185||Un 5.5,-140||-170||Un 5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-7-0||-4.1||2-7||-4.1||5-3||2.3||27.0||3.9||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.9||2-3||-0.9||3-1||3.0||24.8||3.8||38.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||42||12||16||12||2||3||495||8.5%||55||8||14.5%||71|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9||21||7||7||6||1||2||243||8.6%||29||5||17.2%||36|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||7||7||0||1||0||124||12.1%||16||4||25.0%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||51||17||21||11||2||2||541||9.4%||73||17||23.3%||86|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||35||9||16||9||1||2||306||11.4%||38||15||39.5%||61|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||4||9||5||1||1||192||9.9%||17||6||35.3%||34|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||4||3||113||103||91.2%||0||2-1||+1.9||2-1-0||+2||3-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Road Games)||4||3||113||103||91.2%||0||2-1||+1.9||2-1-0||+2||3-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||113||103||91.2%||0||2-1||+1.9||2-1-0||+2||3-0|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||14||14||426||387||90.8%||3||5-9||-4.2||5-9-0||-4||3-8|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||6||6||191||168||88.0%||1||0-6||-6||0-6-0||-6||2-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||152||138||90.8%||1||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-3-0||+0.3||5-3||+0.3||2-6||2.9||31.7||2.0||27.1|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.1||1-4||-3.1||0-5||1.0||27.4||2.2||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||17||41||17||11||11||2||3||504||8.1%||85||15||17.6%||70|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8||23||9||5||7||2||3||254||9.1%||40||8||20.0%||35|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||5||1||2||2||0||0||137||3.6%||25||1||4.0%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||39||8||13||15||3||3||496||7.9%||70||10||14.3%||65|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||16||3||6||5||2||3||217||7.4%||34||2||5.9%||23|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||4||4||1||0||150||7.3%||18||3||16.7%||21|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||3||3||92||84||91.3%||1||1-2||-2||1-2-0||-2||1-2|
|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)||3||3||92||84||91.3%||1||1-2||-2||1-2-0||-2||1-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||14||14||403||375||93.1%||1||7-7||-1.8||7-7-0||-2||3-10|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||7||7||192||179||93.2%||0||4-3||-0.7||4-3-0||-1||2-5|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||125||115||92.0%||0||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.16, SAN JOSE 3.26|
|1/30/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||at CALGARY||6-3||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||EDMONTON||3-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||DALLAS||2-3||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||P|
|2/6/2013||ANAHEIM||0-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||PHOENIX||2-3||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||P|
|2/14/2013||at MINNESOTA||4-3||W||0, +140||W||5 ev||O|
|2/16/2013||at EDMONTON||4-6||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||O|
|2/18/2013||NASHVILLE||6-5||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|2/20/2013||ST LOUIS||1-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ev||P|
|2/24/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/26/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|3/3/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|3/5/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|3/6/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|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||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/22/2013||at CHICAGO||1-2||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at DALLAS||1-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/6/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|3/9/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
|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 (COLORADO-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Avalanche-Sharks Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Colorado (7-8-2) at San Jose (8-6-3), 10:30 p.m. EDT
Coach Todd McLellan says his offensively challenged San Jose Sharks need to start picking up points quickly if they plan on making their way up the standings in this lockout-shortened season.
That hasn't been much of an issue when facing the Colorado Avalanche recently.
San Jose looks to earn at least one point for the 13th consecutive regular-season meeting when it hosts Colorado on Tuesday night.
With their 7-0-0 start seemingly a distant memory, the Sharks' once-potent offense has scored more than two goals only once while going 1-6-3 since - including Saturday's 3-1 loss at Dallas to close out a 1-4-1 road trip.
San Jose (8-6-3) outscored opponents 27-12 during the winning streak, but it's been outscored 25-12 over the last 10. Patrick Marleau, who had the team's lone goal in Friday's 2-1 loss at Chicago, scored for the second straight game.
"You have to put points in the bank, and we're not doing it right now," McLellan said. "You can't win games scoring one goal."
The Sharks are a dismal 3 for 46 on the power play over their last 10 games - a far cry from the 12-for-32 clip over their first five.
"They biggest difference is the power play (isn't) clicking," McLellan said. "We played a very fast game in the first six or seven games. We should be quick enough with the people we have and the way we play."
One of the more disappointing aspects of the slump, McLellan said, is that San Jose has been playing solid defensively. It has allowed three goals or fewer six times over the last nine.
Antti Niemi is 1-4-3 during the skid despite a 1.96 goals-against average in that stretch.
"This team needs to find ways to win. Scoring is part of it," McLellan said. "I put up some numbers and asked our team, 'Can we win like that?' And one player astutely picked up that those were number of goals we were giving up. So yes, we can win playing well defensively, but we've got to find ways to score goals."
The Sharks, though, will be without Ryan Clowe as he serves the last of a two-game suspension, and McLellan still is considering who will replace Clowe on a line centered by Logan Couture.
"We're struggling scoring goals right now, and (Clowe's suspension) means someone else gets to play with (Couture) and that's not a bad option," McClellan said. "We can rally around Clowe's absence and everyone pull their socks up and contribute a little bit more."
San Jose has won 10 of the last 12 meetings with Colorado, including postseason. Marleau scored twice as the Sharks improved to 9-0-3 in the last 12 regular-season contests against the Avalanche with a 4-0 win Jan. 26.
Colorado (7-8-2) has lost two straight after a 4-3 overtime loss to Anaheim on Sunday despite leading 2-0 after the first period.
"Right now our focus is trying to gain points," coach Joe Sacco said. "Unfortunately we fell short on picking up the second one."
P.A. Parenteau ended a seven-game goal-scoring drought for the Avalanche, who have allowed at least four goals in four of their last five games.
Semyon Varlamov beat St. Louis 1-0 in the other contest Wednesday, and he could be back in net after Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves Sunday.
Varlamov, though, has a 4.92 GAA while dropping his last three starts versus San Jose.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 7:05:36 PM EST|