|19||SAN JOSE||+105||Ov 5,-130||+105||Ov 5,-125|
|20||COLORADO||-125||Un 5,+110||-125||Un 5,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-7-0||-3.9||4-7||-3.9||2-6||2.0||28.5||2.6||31.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.9||2-3||-1.9||1-2||2.0||30.6||2.6||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||23||54||21||17||12||4||5||698||7.7%||104||18||17.3%||90|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11||22||9||8||4||1||1||313||7.0%||52||7||13.5%||39|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||3||5||1||1||1||153||6.5%||14||3||21.4%||16|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||54||11||15||23||5||5||675||8.0%||87||11||12.6%||91|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||29||6||9||13||1||1||343||8.5%||44||8||18.2%||53|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||2||2||7||2||2||152||8.6%||15||1||6.7%||22|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||4||4||117||106||90.6%||1||1-3||-3||1-3-0||-3||1-2|
|THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)||3||3||93||82||88.2%||0||0-3||-4||0-3-0||-4||1-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||106||90.6%||1||1-3||-3||1-3-0||-3||1-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||19||19||549||512||93.3%||1||10-9||-1.7||10-9-0||-2||4-13|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||8||8||249||232||93.2%||1||4-4||+0.1||4-4-0||0||1-5|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||112||94.1%||0||2-2||-0.9||2-2-0||-1||1-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||1||0||7||6||85.7%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7-3-0||+4||7-3||+4||3-5||3.2||31.9||2.2||29.1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.3||2-3||-1.3||2-3||3.0||29.0||2.6||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||23||59||15||24||18||2||3||667||8.8%||71||10||14.1%||102|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10||32||6||15||10||1||1||319||10.0%||35||5||14.3%||55|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||2||8||5||0||0||145||10.3%||14||2||14.3%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||67||23||25||15||4||3||737||9.1%||95||21||22.1%||115|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||22||12||6||3||1||0||291||7.6%||42||3||7.1%||37|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||5||3||4||1||0||155||8.4%||17||4||23.5%||25|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||5||4||146||134||91.8%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||117||90.7%||0||2-2||+0.9||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||19||19||589||537||91.2%||3||7-12||-5.5||7-12-0||-5||5-11|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Home Games)||10||10||291||269||92.4%||2||7-3||+4||7-3-0||+4||3-5|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||111||91.0%||0||2-2||-0.2||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.13, COLORADO 3.17|
|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|
|2/28/2013||DETROIT||1-2||L||0, -180||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/2/2013||NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +120||W||5 un||P|
|3/6/2013||at CALGARY||1-4||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||P|
|3/9/2013||ST LOUIS||3-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|3/12/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/14/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/16/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/18/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/20/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|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||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||CALGARY||5-4||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/5/2013||at DETROIT||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/6/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/8/2013||CHICAGO||6-2||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/10/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/14/2013||at 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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Avalanche Preview* ==========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
San Jose (11-7-4) at Colorado (9-10-4), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Colorado Avalanche just snapped the longest NHL points streak to open a season.
Now, they'll try to end the San Jose Sharks' 13-game streak in this series with at least a point.
Colorado goes for its first victory in five tries over the Sharks on Sunday night when these clubs close out their season series in Denver.
After losing 3-2 at league-best Chicago on Wednesday when enforcer Dan Carcillo scored the game-winner past Semyon Varlamov with 49.3 seconds left, Colorado (9-10-4) ended Chicago's league-record 24-game points streak to open the season with Friday's 6-2 home win.
The Avs had dropped three straight and six of seven.
"It's a great confidence booster," said center Matt Duchene, who had three assists and a goal off a pass from defenseman Erik Johnson, who had been sidelined the previous 11 games with a concussion. "It shows us we can play with anybody in this league."
Colorado should have plenty of confidence playing in Denver, where it has won a season-best four straight to improve to 7-2-1. The Avs' last five-game winning streak on home ice was an eight-game run from Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 2011.
Colorado, though, continues its three-game homestand with no regulation victories \2013 not including the playoffs - over San Jose (11-7-5) since a 5-2 victory in Denver on Oct. 1, 2009.
The Sharks have a 46-27 scoring edge during that 10-0-3 stretch after defeating the visiting Avs 4-0 on Jan. 26 and 3-2 in a shootout exactly a month later.
San Jose, though, arrives following back-to-back defeats. Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to St. Louis was especially hard on the club after it gave up a two-goal third-period advantage.
"You're up 3-1 going into the third, it's time to step on the throat, and game over," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said. "\2026To let it slip like that is disappointing."
The Sharks, though, have to be pleased that they reached the three-goal mark for just the fourth time in 16 games as Logan Couture, Scott Gomez and Matt Irwin each found the back of the net.
However, San Jose's usually stout defense has yielded more goals (eight) in the last two games than in any stretch that length this season.
It's uncertain if coach Todd McClellan will give rookie Alex Stalock his first start after he stopped six of seven shots in his NHL debut on Saturday when Antti Niemi was pulled after giving up two third-period goals.
Stalock was called up on Saturday from AHL Worcester in place of Thomas Greiss, who suffered a neck injury in the previous game \2013 Wednesday's 4-1 loss at Calgary.
With 25 saves last month, Niemi improved to 5-0-1 with a 1.77 goals-against average versus Colorado since he joined the Sharks in 2010-11.
Varlamov, 7-2-1 with a 2.17 goals-against average at home, has yielded 15 goals while losing the last four games between these clubs \2013 all played in San Jose.
Colorado posted a 4-3 shootout victory in the Sharks' last visit on Dec. 13, 2011.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 8:06:36 AM EST|