|5||SAN JOSE||-110||Ov 5,-120||-115||Ov 5,-130|
|6||EDMONTON||-110||Un 5,+100||-105||Un 5,+110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4-11-0||-7.9||4-11||-7.9||5-6||2.1||29.9||3.1||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3||1-4||-3||4-0||2.6||32.4||4.0||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||28||67||23||23||17||4||5||860||7.8%||120||22||18.3%||113|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||15||31||10||12||8||1||1||449||6.9%||65||9||13.8%||55|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||2||6||5||0||0||162||8.0%||16||4||25.0%||23|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||74||16||25||27||6||7||827||8.9%||99||13||13.1%||127|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||46||11||18||15||2||3||458||10.0%||53||9||17.0%||83|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||5||10||4||1||2||152||13.2%||12||2||16.7%||36|
|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)||24||24||693||639||92.2%||1||11-13||-4.7||11-13-0||-5||8-13|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||12||12||356||325||91.3%||1||4-8||-4||4-8-0||-4||4-5|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||88||86.3%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||4-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Road Games)||1||0||6||5||83.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-7-0||-2.3||5-7||-2.3||2-5||2.5||32.4||2.9||32.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.1||3-2||+2.1||2-1||3.0||26.6||3.2||33.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||28||69||25||21||19||4||5||780||8.8%||109||25||22.9%||122|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12||30||7||11||10||2||3||389||7.7%||51||14||27.5%||53|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||7||5||3||0||0||133||11.3%||13||5||38.5%||29|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||81||19||29||27||6||5||941||8.6%||114||19||16.7%||139|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||35||10||10||12||3||1||387||9.0%||51||8||15.7%||62|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||2||7||6||1||0||166||9.6%||17||5||29.4%||26|
|YANN DANIS (All Games)||3||1||59||52||88.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|YANN DANIS (Home Games)||1||0||14||14||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|YANN DANIS (Last 4 Games)||3||1||59||52||88.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||24||23||725||666||91.9%||1||10-13||-2.2||10-13-0||-2||8-11|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||10||10||282||253||89.7%||0||4-6||-2.4||4-6-0||-2||2-4|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||101||93.5%||0||3-1||+3.1||3-1-0||+3||1-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||5||4||154||144||93.5%||0||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||0-3|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)||3||2||90||85||94.4%||0||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||124||116||93.5%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||0-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.22, EDMONTON 3.08|
|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||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-5||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-5||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||O|
|3/20/2013||at EDMONTON|| |
|3/23/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/25/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/21/2013||MINNESOTA||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5 ev||U|
|2/23/2013||PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||P|
|2/25/2013||at CHICAGO||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||at DALLAS||5-1||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||O|
|3/1/2013||at ST LOUIS||2-4||L||0, +140||L||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-4||L||0, +125||L||5 un||O|
|3/5/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-4||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at DETROIT||0-3||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/8/2013||at NASHVILLE||0-6||L||0, +160||L||5 un||O|
|3/10/2013||at CHICAGO||6-5||W||0, +180||W||5 ov||O|
|3/12/2013||at COLORADO||4-0||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/15/2013||DETROIT||2-3||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||P|
|3/17/2013||NASHVILLE||3-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||P|
|3/20/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/23/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|3/25/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/26/2013||at ST LOUIS|| |
|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: 32-40-10, 74 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 14th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Ralph Krueger, 1st year.
ADDED: LW Nail Yakupov, D Justin Schultz, D Mark Fistric.
LOST: D Cam Barker.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Yakupov was the first pick in the draft and will take his skillful shot to the second line with the slick-passing Ales Hemsky and steady center Sam Gagner. But Schultz could be a big help for the blue line, after signing with the Oilers this summer following a standout college career at Wisconsin.
OUTLOOK: Krueger was promoted this summer after spending the last two seasons as an assistant for the Oilers. The former Swiss national team coach has a tall task in front of him, to try to guide the team to the playoffs for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals appearance in 2006. He has plenty of emerging stars to help him, though, even if the lineup isn't that deep. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will lead the way, having signed huge contract extensions over the summer and recently earned alternate captain status. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first pick in the 2011 draft, will join them on a first line.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-EDMONTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Oilers Preview* =======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Jose (12-10-6) at Edmonton (11-11-6), 9:30 p.m. EDT
The last time the San Jose Sharks saw the Edmonton Oilers, they were capping a high-scoring seven-game winning streak to begin the season.
Plenty has changed since.
With both teams lurking near the edge of the postseason picture, San Jose looks to avoid a sixth consecutive road loss Wednesday night versus surging Edmonton, which is seeking its first playoff appearance in seven seasons.
The Sharks began 2013 on a roll, beating the Oilers twice while outscoring opponents 27-12 in non-shootout goals.
Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each had two goals and an assist, while captain Joe Thornton added three assists in a 6-3 win at Edmonton on Jan. 22. Couture scored again in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Oilers on Jan. 31 to conclude the winning streak.
San Jose (12-10-6), though, proceeded to go 0-4-3 over its next seven and has scored 36 non-shootout goals in 21 games since last defeating the Oilers.
It has lost six of seven, including 5-3 to Anaheim on Monday in its second stop on a five-game road trip. The Sharks scored more than twice away from home for the first time since the first meeting with Edmonton.
"Effort was better, results are the same," coach Todd McLellan said. "But (effort) doesn't get us anything. That doesn't put points in the bank, that doesn't help us climb the standings. That's a moral victory in the locker room. If we're counting on that, then so be it.
"Tomorrow when we wake up, it's still going to be a loss and we're going to be two points behind everybody else."
While San Jose expected to be amongst the Western Conference leaders, the Oilers (11-11-6) simply are happy to be involved in the tight playoff race. They improved to 3-0-1 over their last four following Sunday's 3-2 win over Nashville, rebounding after a disappointing 0-4-1 stretch as Jordan Eberle ended a 10-game goal drought and added an assist.
"When you get confidence it just builds and builds and builds," Eberle said. "It's fun right now. ... I haven't been in this situation before. It's exciting to be in the locker room when every game and every period means so much. It's great to be a part of that."
Calgary, though, is in 14th place and just two points behind the Oilers, making for an exciting finish to the lockout-shortened season. Edmonton hasn't been to the playoffs since a seven-game loss to Carolina in the 2006 Stanley Cup final.
"It's crazy how tight it is," said Devan Dubnyk, who made 29 saves Sunday and has a 1.64 goals-against average over his last three starts. "We'd like to be in the playoffs right now but it's a great situation compared to years before at this time of year and having every single game be meaningful.
"We need to continue to work to make sure that's the case right through to the end of the season and obviously to playoffs."
San Jose has expressed similar thoughts.
"We still have to clean up a lot of stuff," Marleau said. "We're going to try and focus on the positives. I think guys are seeing what it's going to take to win games and we need to do it more consistently."
Antti Niemi is 5-0-1 with a 2.27 GAA lifetime versus the Oilers, but he has a 3.71 GAA in his last six starts.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 8:38:44 PM EST|