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NHL : ATS Matchup
Saturday 3/9/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



ST LOUIS (12-9-0-2, 26 pts.) at SAN JOSE (11-7-0-4, 26 pts.)
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Saturday, 3/9/2013 4:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
57ST LOUIS+110Ov 5,-120+105Ov 5,-120
58SAN JOSE-130Un 5,+100-125Un 5,+100
ST LOUIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games12-11-0-3.212-11-3.214-
Team Stats (Road Games)7-5-0+1.77-5+1.78-23.427.73.126.1
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.22-3-1.23-
ST LOUIS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)23702721184363811.0%752026.7%125
Team Stats (Road Games)1241181283333212.3%35925.7%70
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5154740012112.4%1317.7%28
Stats Against (All Games) 702521222253513.1%841619.0%122
Stats Against (Road Games) 37157141131311.8%521223.1%63
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 187290012214.8%18211.1%30
ST LOUIS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANDREW ALLEN (All Games)11262388.5%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
ANDREW ALLEN (Road Games)11262388.5%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
JAKE ALLEN (All Games)5411410289.5%03-1+23-1-0+23-1
JAKE ALLEN (Road Games)33817390.1%03-0+3.23-0-0+33-0
JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)441069690.6%03-1+23-1-0+23-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (All Games)11822118885.1%02-6-7.62-6-0-84-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Road Games)6311910890.8%01-2-1.21-2-0-10-1
BRIAN ELLIOTT (Last 4 Games)43816782.7%00-3-4.60-3-0-51-0
JAROSLAV HALAK (All Games)101017315388.4%36-4+1.56-4-0+26-4
JAROSLAV HALAK (Road Games)55867283.7%12-3-1.42-3-0-14-1
JAROSLAV HALAK (Last 4 Games)44817086.4%02-2-0.12-2-002-2
MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

SAN JOSE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-11-0-3.311-11-3.34-152.330.62.329.1
Team Stats (Home Games)7-4-0+0.57-4+0.52-92.632.71.927.0
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.43-2+0.40-
SAN JOSE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2251201512456737.6%1021716.7%84
Team Stats (Home Games)11291178343608.1%501020.0%45
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510341221695.9%17211.8%14
Stats Against (All Games) 50101521456407.8%831012.0%83
Stats Against (Home Games) 21468342977.1%3925.1%30
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11226121447.6%1300.0%18
SAN JOSE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
THOMAS GREISS (All Games)4411710690.6%11-3-31-3-0-31-2
THOMAS GREISS (Home Games)112424100.0%11-0+11-0-0+10-1
THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)4411710690.6%11-3-31-3-0-31-2
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)181852148793.5%110-8-0.410-8-0-13-13
ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)101027225593.7%06-4-0.56-4-0-12-8
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)4411811294.9%03-1+1.43-1-0+10-3
Average power rating of opponents played: ST LOUIS 3.26,  SAN JOSE 3.15
ST LOUIS - Schedule
2/11/2013LOS ANGELES1-4L0, -160L5 ovP
2/13/2013at DETROIT4-3W0, +100W5.5 unO
2/15/2013at CALGARY5-2W0, -125W5.5 unO
2/17/2013at VANCOUVER4-3W0, +125W5.5 unO
2/19/2013SAN JOSE1-2L0, -130L5.5 unU
2/20/2013at COLORADO0-1L0, -125L5.5 unU
2/23/2013COLUMBUS2-1W0, -230W5.5 unU
2/28/2013CHICAGO0-3L0, -110L5 ovU
3/1/2013EDMONTON4-2W0, -160W5 ovO
3/3/2013at DALLAS1-4L0, -115L5 ovP
3/5/2013at LOS ANGELES4-6L0, +115L5 unO
3/7/2013at PHOENIX6-3W0, -120W5 ovO
3/9/2013at SAN JOSE 
3/10/2013at ANAHEIM 
3/12/2013SAN JOSE 
3/19/2013at VANCOUVER 

SAN JOSE - Schedule
2/11/2013at COLUMBUS2-6L0, -190L5.5 unO
2/12/2013at NASHVILLE0-1L0, -105L5 unU
2/15/2013at CHICAGO1-4L0, +120L5.5 unU
2/19/2013at ST LOUIS2-1W0, +110W5.5 unU
2/22/2013at CHICAGO1-2L0, +120L5.5 unU
2/23/2013at DALLAS1-3L0, -120L5.5 unU
2/26/2013COLORADO3-2W0, -200W5.5 unU
2/28/2013DETROIT1-2L0, -180L5.5 unU
3/2/2013NASHVILLE2-1W0, -145W5 unU
3/5/2013at VANCOUVER3-2W0, +120W5 unP
3/6/2013at CALGARY1-4L0, +110L5 ovP
3/9/2013ST LOUIS 
3/10/2013at COLORADO 
3/12/2013at ST LOUIS 
3/14/2013LOS ANGELES 
3/16/2013at LOS ANGELES 
3/18/2013at ANAHEIM 
3/20/2013at EDMONTON 

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.


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.



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 (ST LOUIS-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Blues-Sharks Preview* ======================


St. Louis (12-9-2) at San Jose (11-7-4), 4:00 p.m. EDT

The St. Louis Blues avoided a third straight loss to open their road trip their last time out with a big offensive effort, thanks largely to a recently formed new top line.

On Saturday, they can push their winning streak at San Jose to three against a Sharks team that's not doing much scoring at home or anywhere else of late.

The Blues (12-9-2) knocked off Phoenix 6-3 on Thursday, matching their season high in goals set in their opener. Patrik Berglund scored twice in a 2:12 span of the second period, Chris Stewart had a goal and three assists and David Perron finished with three assists as that forward unit turned in a second straight big game.

The line, put together four games ago by coach Ken Hitchcock in the wake of injuries to players such as Andy McDonald, Alex Steen and Jamie Langenbrunner, had five points in a 6-4 loss to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

"The Berglund line was outstanding. They really have a good thing going and hopefully that continues," Hitchcock said. "We were an opportunistic team tonight. We still have a ways to go, but it was good to see us get rewarded."

The Blues trailed by one in the second period before scoring three straight goals to take control. St. Louis moved into a seventh-place tie in the Western Conference as it continued its struggle for consistency since a 6-1-0 start.

"Points are at a premium right now, so we'll take the two points," Stewart said.

The Blues, 1-2-0 on their season-high five-game trip, had dropped three in a row on the road.

While St. Louis has rediscovered its offensive touch thanks to the Perron-Berglund-Stewart line, San Jose (11-7-4) continues to search for ways to put the puck in the net. Like the Blues, the Sharks got off to a hot start, winning their first seven while scoring 29 goals.

Since then, San Jose has managed 22 goals in 15 games, reaching the three-goal mark three times. The club lost 4-1 at Calgary on Thursday as it failed to win a third straight and had a 3-0-1 streak snapped.

"It happens. You go through streaks where you're not scoring and I understand that, but ..." said defenseman Dan Boyle, shaking his head and trailing off as he sat in his locker after the game.

San Jose has gone 5 for 70 (7.1 percent) on the power play in the past 17 contests after converting 12 of 32 chances (37.5) in the first five.

"We got some chances tonight but didn't put the puck in the net," Boyle said. "The power play's got to come through with a goal and they didn't."

The Sharks' 51 goals are among the fewest in the NHL. San Jose finds itself in the thick of the playoff picture due largely to its outstanding defense, as its total of 50 goals allowed is one of the lowest in the league.

The Sharks can also thank their home arena, as they're 7-1-3 at HP Pavilion. However, they dropped both home games against St. Louis last season in regulation.

San Jose did end a four-game overall skid in the series with a 2-1 victory Feb. 19 behind 25 saves from Antti Niemi, who's gone 3-0-1 with a 1.41 goals-against average in his last four starts.

Last Updated: 4/23/2018 2:50:35 AM EST

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