|21||LOS ANGELES||+100||Ov 5,-110||-105||Ov 5,-110|
|22||SAN JOSE||-120||Un 5,-110||-115||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-8-0||-3.6||5-8||-3.6||5-5||2.5||32.2||2.9||27.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||4-1||3.8||28.2||3.4||21.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||25||73||17||26||29||1||4||718||10.2%||93||18||19.4%||124|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13||32||7||15||10||0||1||419||7.6%||52||9||17.3%||56|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||7||4||8||0||1||141||13.5%||14||4||28.6%||32|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||17||3||9||5||0||1||156||10.9%||16||5||31.2%||31|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||65||24||22||17||2||4||609||10.7%||98||18||18.4%||106|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||38||13||14||10||1||2||356||10.7%||56||12||21.4%||63|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||7||5||5||0||1||108||15.7%||17||4||23.5%||27|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||21||6||8||7||0||2||135||15.6%||19||8||42.1%||32|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||7||6||143||131||91.6%||0||6-0||+6.4||6-0-0||+6||2-3|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Road Games)||3||2||70||64||91.4%||0||2-0||+2.4||2-0-0||+2||0-1|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (vs. Division)||1||0||21||17||81.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||87||81||93.1%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||20||19||463||414||89.4%||1||8-11||-5.4||8-11-0||-5||9-6|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Road Games)||11||11||284||254||89.4%||1||3-8||-6||3-8-0||-5||5-4|
|JONATHAN QUICK (vs. Division)||5||5||112||97||86.6%||0||2-3||-1.8||2-3-0||-2||5-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||93||81||87.1%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7-5-0||-0.8||7-5||-0.8||3-9||2.7||32.1||2.1||27.7|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.1||1-4||-3.1||2-0||2.2||33.4||3.4||32.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||25||58||21||19||14||4||5||777||7.5%||112||19||17.0%||97|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12||32||12||9||8||3||4||385||8.3%||52||11||21.2%||51|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||2||6||2||1||1||167||6.6%||17||2||11.8%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||10||3||0||6||1||2||144||6.9%||26||3||11.5%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||61||13||18||24||6||6||738||8.3%||94||12||12.8%||102|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||5||6||10||4||4||332||7.5%||43||3||7.0%||38|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||4||5||6||2||2||162||10.5%||19||2||10.5%||30|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||11||0||4||6||1||1||146||7.5%||25||4||16.0%||17|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||4||4||117||106||90.6%||1||1-3||-3||1-3-0||-3||1-2|
|THOMAS GREISS (Home Games)||1||1||24||24||100.0%||1||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (vs. Division)||1||1||32||30||93.7%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|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)||21||21||611||568||93.0%||1||10-11||-3.7||10-11-0||-4||5-13|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||11||11||300||280||93.3%||0||6-5||-1.8||6-5-0||-2||3-8|
|ANTTI NIEMI (vs. Division)||4||4||114||106||93.0%||0||2-2||-0.8||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||128||117||91.4%||0||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||2-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||1||0||7||6||85.7%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Home Games)||1||0||7||6||85.7%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LOS ANGELES 3.13, SAN JOSE 3.17|
|2/15/2013||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||U|
|2/17/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||at EDMONTON||3-1||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||U|
|2/20/2013||at CALGARY||3-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -180||W||5 ev||P|
|2/25/2013||ANAHEIM||5-2||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||O|
|2/27/2013||DETROIT||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||U|
|3/2/2013||at VANCOUVER||2-5||L||0, +105||L||5 un||O|
|3/4/2013||NASHVILLE||5-1||W||0, -135||W||5 un||O|
|3/5/2013||ST LOUIS||6-4||W||0, -135||W||5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||DALLAS||2-5||L||0, -165||L||5 ov||O|
|3/9/2013||CALGARY||6-2||W||0, -210||W||5 ov||O|
|3/11/2013||CALGARY||3-1||W||0, -205||W||5 ov||U|
|3/12/2013||at PHOENIX||2-5||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|3/14/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|3/16/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/25/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|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||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||at ST LOUIS||2-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||O|
|3/14/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/16/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/18/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/20/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|3/23/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/25/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|LOS ANGELES: |
LAST SEASON: 40-27-15, 95 points. Won Stanley Cup.
COACH: Darryl Sutter, 2nd season with Kings, 25-13-11; 12th overall, 434-333-142 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Anthony Stewart.
LOST: RW Kevin Westgarth.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Anze Kopitar. The Kings' leading scorer in five straight seasons injured his knee in Sweden shortly before the lockout ended. He's not expected to opening day, and if his injury lingers, Los Angeles' offense will be compromised.
OUTLOOK: With Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown and every significant player returning from the first championship team in franchise history, the Stanley Cup holders believe their continuity in a short season gives them a strong chance at a repeat.
|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 (LOS ANGELES-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Kings-Sharks Preview* ======================
Los Angeles (14-9-2) at San Jose (11-8-6), 10:30 p.m. EDT
It's been over a month since the Los Angeles Kings have dropped consecutive games.
The San Jose Sharks' slide began well over a month ago.
These Pacific Division rivals, however, are separated by only two points in the crowded Western Conference standings heading into Thursday night's opener of a home-and-home set in San Jose.
The Kings (14-9-2) and Sharks (11-8-6) have yet to meet this season, with a rematch set for Saturday at Staples Center.
Los Angeles is 11-4-0 since its last set of back-to-back defeats Feb. 7-10. San Jose enters on an 0-2-2 slide with a 4-8-6 mark since its seven-game win streak to start the season.
Anaheim has an 11-point lead in the Pacific Division, with the division's other four teams separated by four points. Los Angeles has 30 points and San Jose 28.
"I think it's important for us to realize that we got off to a rough start and we've been playing better hockey as of late," Kings winger Dustin Brown said, "but if you look at the standings, any night you're not getting points, you're falling. That's just the nature of the Western Conference and the shortened season."
The Sharks seemingly do not have much momentum after Tuesday's 4-2 loss in St. Louis, but they believe they are poised for a turnaround after outshooting the Blues 41-21.
"I thought it was one of our most complete games of the year," said forward Joe Thornton, who notched his 20th assist. "If we continue to play like that we're going to win a lot of games."
San Jose went 4-2-0 against Los Angeles last season, with three of the wins going past regulation.
Patrick Marleau registered a team-best seven points and Dan Boyle a team-high four goals in the season series for San Jose, which has won four straight home matchups. Anze Kopitar led the Kings with nine points while Mike Richards had a team-high four goals.
Jeff Carter only played in one of those meetings since the Kings acquired him last Feb. 23. Carter leads the West with 17 goals, although he has failed to score in his last two games.
Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter felt fatigue was the key factor in Tuesday's 5-2 loss at Phoenix one night after a 3-1 home victory over Calgary.
"We were tired, they were fresh," Sutter said. "It's not too hard to figure out."
Brown and Richards both scored on the power the Coyotes, but that came after the Kings fell behind 4-0.
"We've just got to bounce back, go into San Jose, regroup, and get two points there," defenseman Keaton Ellerby told the Kings' official website.
Jonathan Quick, who has started the Kings' last four games, went 0-1-2 with a 2.56 goals-against average last season at the HP Pavilion.
San Jose No. 1 goalie Antti Niemi is 3-1-0 with a 2.11 GAA in five career regular-season home starts with the Sharks against the Kings.
The Sharks' Brent Burns will play his first home game since Feb. 9, returning Tuesday after a seven-game absence due to a lower-body injury. Coach Todd McLellan has moved the defenseman to forward.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2014 10:24:53 PM EST|