|21||DETROIT||+150||Ov 5.5,+120||+150||Ov 5.5,+120|
|22||SAN JOSE||-170||Un 5.5,-140||-170||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-6-0||-3.6||2-6||-3.6||5-2||2.2||30.2||3.1||28.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.4||2-3||-1.4||2-3||3.6||29.4||2.4||26.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||58||17||21||19||1||2||585||9.9%||88||14||15.9%||98|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8||18||6||5||6||1||1||242||7.4%||31||0||0.0%||28|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||7||5||6||0||0||147||12.2%||16||4||25.0%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||56||17||19||17||3||1||573||9.8%||83||19||22.9%||90|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||25||6||9||8||2||0||229||10.9%||34||11||32.4%||42|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||6||0||5||1||0||132||9.1%||18||3||16.7%||18|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||2||0||26||23||88.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||2||0||26||23||88.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||2||0||26||23||88.5%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||18||18||495||447||90.3%||1||8-10||-3.9||8-10-0||-4||9-8|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||6||6||152||134||88.2%||0||1-5||-4.4||1-5-0||-4||4-2|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||107||99||92.5%||1||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-3-0||+1.3||6-3||+1.3||2-7||2.9||32.8||2.0||27.1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.1||2-3||-1.1||0-5||1.6||30.6||2.4||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||18||44||18||12||11||3||4||545||8.1%||90||15||16.7%||74|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||26||10||6||7||3||4||295||8.8%||45||8||17.8%||39|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||2||3||2||1||1||153||5.2%||24||1||4.2%||13|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||41||9||13||16||3||3||523||7.8%||72||10||13.9%||69|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||18||4||6||6||2||3||244||7.4%||36||2||5.6%||27|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||4||5||0||0||152||7.9%||18||3||16.7%||23|
|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)||15||15||430||400||93.0%||1||8-7||-0.8||8-7-0||-1||3-11|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||8||8||219||204||93.2%||0||5-3||+0.3||5-3-0||0||2-6|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||107||93.0%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||0-4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.17, SAN JOSE 3.23|
|2/1/2013||ST LOUIS||5-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||at COLUMBUS||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||CALGARY||1-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at ST LOUIS||5-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||EDMONTON||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|2/13/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||ANAHEIM||2-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5 un||O|
|2/21/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||NASHVILLE||4-0||W||0, -125||W||5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||VANCOUVER||8-3||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||O|
|2/27/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|3/9/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|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|
|2/26/2013||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|3/6/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|3/9/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|3/10/2013||at COLORADO|| |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Nashville 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Mike Babcock, 8th season with Red Wings, 352-154-68; 10th overall, 421-216-19 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Damien Brunner, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo, G Jonas Gustavsson, D Carlo Colaiacovo.
LOST: D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Brad Stuart, LW Jiri Hudler, LW Tomas Holmstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Brunner. The 26-year-old rookie led the Swiss league with 60 points last season. He might get a lot of chances to produce on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, a teammate overseas during the lockout, and Pavel Datsyuk.
OUTLOOK: Without Lidstrom and Stuart on the blue line, extending the franchise's postseason streak to 22 will be quite a challenge. The Red Wings, though, have a shot to be better offensively and in net with a series of subtle moves after failing to make a splash in the summer when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter turned down their offers to play together in Minnesota.
|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 (DETROIT-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Wings-Sharks Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Detroit (9-8-3) at San Jose (9-6-3), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The San Jose Sharks may be relieved to end February, but they'd like to do it in positive fashion.
Taking the ice at home against the struggling Detroit Red Wings should help.
The Sharks go for back-to-back wins for the first time this month on Thursday night when they attempt to continue their home success against the Red Wings.
San Jose (9-6-3) has gone 2-6-3 this month, scoring 15 goals in that span after totaling 29 during a franchise-best 7-0-0 start.
Going 3 for 51 on the power play in February is one of the major problems.
"We're not scoring as much as we'd like, and we're trying to fix that," coach Todd McLellan said. "Some of that comes through the power play, and we're trying to fix that."
The Sharks are also proving to be much better at home, going 6-1-2 while dropping six of their last seven on the road.
"The level of play has been better at home than it has been on the road, and it's as simple as that," McLellan said. "We've been able to find that extra point here at home more often than on the road."
San Jose did that again Tuesday, beating Colorado 3-2 in a shootout to open this three-game homestand, which concludes Saturday versus Nashville.
The Sharks may be in solid position to close out the month with consecutive wins since they've won nine of the last 11 home meetings with the Red Wings (9-8-3), including the playoffs.
They've taken six of seven overall during the regular season, including three in a row at HP Pavilion.
Patrick Marleau, who converted the decisive shootout attempt Tuesday, and Joe Thornton have routinely factored in the scoring against Detroit.
Marleau has 34 points in 28 career regular-season home meetings, tallying six in the past five overall matchups. The venue hasn't mattered much to Thornton, who has 29 points in the last 22 games.
The captain leads the Sharks with 19 points, one more than Marleau. However, they've combined for one assist over the past five home games.
Ryane Clowe, still seeking his first goal of the season, is scheduled to return from his two-game suspension for instigating a fight late in Friday's 2-1 loss at Chicago.
The Red Wings are 2-4-2 on the road, and have dropped six of eight overall after giving up a pair of third-period goals to fall 2-1 at Los Angeles on Wednesday.
"I've got to give us a chance to win, but it wasn't enough," said Jimmy Howard, who had 27 saves. "We were playing a great road game there. We were just grinding it out and making smart plays. (But it) doesn't matter who you play, you can't be giving up three 5-on-3s."
Howard may be back in net, but he's 1-3-1 with a 3.61 goals-against average in six road games, getting pulled in two of them. He's also struggled lately against the Sharks, going 0-4-1 with a 4.06 GAA in his last five matchups.
Henrik Zetterberg leads Detroit with 25 points, but he has just six - all assists - on the road and was held pointless by the Kings. The center has 52 points in 52 career games versus San Jose, including the postseason.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 6:44:49 PM EST|