|51||SAN JOSE||+115||Ov 5,-110||+115||Ov 5,-115|
|52||MINNESOTA||-135||Un 5,-110||-135||Un 5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-11-0||-6.9||5-11||-6.9||6-6||2.2||30.2||3.1||30.3|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||5-0||3.0||31.6||4.0||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||29||71||24||23||19||5||6||894||7.9%||122||23||18.9%||118|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||16||35||11||12||10||2||2||483||7.2%||67||10||14.9%||60|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||3||5||6||1||1||158||9.5%||13||5||38.5%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||77||17||26||28||6||7||854||9.0%||104||14||13.5%||131|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||49||12||19||16||2||3||485||10.1%||58||10||17.2%||87|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||5||10||5||0||2||137||14.6%||13||2||15.4%||34|
|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)||25||25||720||663||92.1%||1||12-13||-3.7||12-13-0||-4||9-13|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||13||13||383||349||91.1%||1||5-8||-3||5-8-0||-3||5-5|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||95||87.2%||0||2-2||0||2-2-0||0||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)||10-4-0||+4.9||10-4||+4.9||5-7||2.6||30.9||2.1||25.8|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.2||4-1||+3.2||3-2||3.8||28.6||2.4||31.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||29||77||20||30||22||5||4||812||9.5%||102||19||18.6%||132|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14||37||10||13||11||3||2||432||8.6%||52||8||15.4%||65|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||7||8||4||0||1||143||13.3%||16||5||31.2%||34|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||71||22||23||24||2||2||816||8.7%||90||13||14.4%||122|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||30||11||8||10||1||1||361||8.3%||50||6||12.0%||47|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||5||5||0||0||159||7.5%||16||3||18.7%||21|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||24||23||649||595||91.7%||0||14-9||+4.2||14-9-0||+3||10-12|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Home Games)||12||11||296||271||91.6%||0||7-4||+1.8||7-4-0||+1||5-5|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||138||128||92.8%||0||4-0||+4.4||4-0-0||+4||3-1|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Home Games)||3||2||34||32||94.1%||1||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Last 4 Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)||1||1||31||29||93.5%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.16, MINNESOTA 3.03|
|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||4-3||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/23/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|3/25/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|2/26/2013||CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5 un||O|
|3/1/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|3/3/2013||EDMONTON||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5 un||O|
|3/5/2013||at CHICAGO||3-5||L||0, +160||L||5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at NASHVILLE||2-1||W||0, +100||W||5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||VANCOUVER||4-2||W||0, +110||W||5 ev||O|
|3/12/2013||ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||U|
|3/14/2013||COLORADO||5-3||W||0, -150||W||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||at COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||U|
|3/20/2013||at DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ev||O|
|3/23/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|3/29/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|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: 35-36-11, 81 points.
COACH: Mike Yeo, 2nd season, 35-36-11.
ADDED: LW Zach Parise, D Ryan Suter, C Mikael Granlund, LW Torrey Mitchell, C Zenon Konopka, C Jake Dowell.
LOST: LW Guillaume Latendresse, RW Nick Johnson, LW Warren Peters, RW Jed Ortmeyer, D Mike Lundin, C Erik Christensen, D Kurtis Foster.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Parise and Suter are the headliners, their identical 13-year, $98 million contracts serving as July 4 fireworks over the NHL free agent market, but the Finnish sensation Granlund is being given a spot on the second line before his 21st birthday. The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft is so popular in his home country that paparazzi follow him around town. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound, slick-with-the-stick scorer spent the lockout playing for the Wild's AHL affiliate. He had 20 goals and 31 assists in 45 games last season for his club in Helsinki.
OUTLOOK: The Wild had the league's best record at 20-7-3 at the 30-game mark but nosedived down the stretch under the weight of myriad injuries. After signing Parise, bringing Granlund over and getting Pierre-Marc Bouchard back from another lengthy concussion absence, the Wild have unquestionably the deepest and most talented group of forwards in the franchise's 13-year history. Staying healthy in a fast-paced condensed season will be critical, of course, but the key to making the playoffs for the first time in five years is on the blue line, where veterans Suter and Tom Gilbert will need help from young players like Jared Spurgeon, Clayton Stoner and Marco Scandella.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Wild Preview* =====================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
San Jose (13-10-6) at Minnesota (17-10-2), 2:00 p.m. EDT
Riding their longest winning stretch of the season, the Minnesota Wild appear poised to succeed every time they take the ice.
The San Jose Sharks hope to reach that level of confidence before it's too late.
Back from a perfect trip, the Wild look for a fifth straight victory while trying to continue their recent success over the desperate Sharks on Saturday.
Devin Setoguchi scored twice and Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves as Minnesota (17-10-2) concluded a 3-0-0 trip with a 4-2 win at Detroit on Wednesday. In the midst of their longest winning streak since a seven-game run Nov. 28-Dec. 10, 2011, the Wild have won 11 of 15 and have one game in hand on Northwest Division co-leader Vancouver.
Minnesota has not been to the playoffs since 2007-08.
"It's been fun hockey," said ex-Shark Setoguchi, who has six of his 11 goals and two assists in his last five games. "The main thing is everyone is ready to go at the start of the game.
"Right now we've got our identity filled out. We know what we're doing and we're trying to ride it."
The Wild, who have 18 goals in four games, are 11 for 44 (25.0 percent) on the power play in the last 12 contests after going 8 for 58 (13.8) through the first 17.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard has a goal and six assists in four games while Mikko Koivu has four with eight assists in his last 12. Dany Heatley, another former Shark, had four assists on the trip.
"We've just got everybody contributing right now," coach Mike Yeo said. "Getting it from the power play, getting it from different lines."
Backstrom has been in net for each game during the winning streak and stopped 71 of 74 shots in beating Vancouver and Detroit.
"You've got everybody going out and playing our game," Yeo said. "We've been doing a real good job of looking at what is right in front of us."
Minnesota is 10-3-1 at home and looking for a fifth straight win there over San Jose (13-10-6) in this first season meeting between the clubs. The Wild have won the last three overall in the series, each by one goal.
San Jose improved to 1-2-0 on a five-game trip Wednesday when it rallied from a two-goal deficit to win 4-3 in a shootout at Edmonton. Logan Couture scored twice in regulation and in the shootout to help the Sharks win for the second time in eight games.
While Minnesota is in the mix for a division title, San Jose is simply trying to make the playoffs in the crowded Western Conference.
"It's a battle every night," Couture said. "There are no easy points in this conference, every single team is so good. To win the way that we were able to and come back with two goals in the third, hopefully that can get us going in the right direction.
"We need all the points we can get right now."
Couture has six of his 14 goals in the last seven games. He has three in his last six versus Minnesota.
San Jose's Antti Niemi has a 3.55 goals-against average while going 2-3-1 in the last seven games. He's allowed six goals in losing his last two against the Wild after yielding that many while winning his first four versus Minnesota.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 2:14:38 PM EST|