|19||DETROIT||+115||Ov 5,-120||+100||Ov 5,-120|
|20||SAN JOSE||-135||Un 5,+100||-120||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-8-0||+2.3||8-8||+2.3||8-5||2.5||29.8||2.6||29.2|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+4.4||4-1||+4.4||3-1||3.4||28.6||2.0||30.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||33||90||24||32||31||3||4||975||9.2%||132||23||17.4%||152|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||16||40||13||10||14||3||2||477||8.4%||59||7||11.9%||66|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||6||5||6||0||0||143||11.9%||21||6||28.6%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||83||26||28||24||5||3||943||8.8%||123||26||21.1%||134|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||42||14||13||13||2||0||467||9.0%||61||15||24.6%||71|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||5||4||1||0||0||153||6.5%||18||4||22.2%||20|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||6||4||129||115||89.1%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||6||4||129||115||89.1%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||92||89.3%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||27||27||762||700||91.9%||2||14-13||-0.6||14-13-0||0||12-12|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||10||10||287||263||91.6%||0||5-5||+1.1||5-5-0||+2||6-3|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||114||93.4%||0||3-1||+3.1||3-1-0||+4||3-1|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-5-0||+1.2||9-5||+1.2||4-10||2.9||31.4||2.0||27.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||3-2||3.2||34.0||2.6||25.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||32||80||29||24||22||5||7||995||8.0%||134||24||17.9%||131|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14||40||16||11||10||3||4||440||9.1%||58||14||24.1%||66|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||7||2||6||1||2||170||9.4%||17||2||11.8%||23|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||82||17||28||31||6||7||927||8.8%||112||15||13.4%||140|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||28||5||7||12||4||4||391||7.2%||48||4||8.3%||44|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||2||6||5||0||1||128||10.2%||14||2||14.3%||22|
|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 (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||106||90.6%||1||1-3||-3||1-3-0||-3||1-2|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||28||28||793||731||92.2%||3||14-14||-2.5||14-14-0||-3||10-15|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||13||13||359||336||93.6%||1||8-5||+0.2||8-5-0||0||4-9|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||92||92.0%||2||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||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|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.21, SAN JOSE 3.13|
|3/3/2013||CHICAGO||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|3/5/2013||COLORADO||2-1||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||EDMONTON||3-0||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/9/2013||at COLUMBUS||0-3||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||P|
|3/13/2013||at CALGARY||2-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/15/2013||at EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||P|
|3/16/2013||at VANCOUVER||5-2||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/20/2013||MINNESOTA||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5 ev||O|
|3/22/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-1||W||0, +155||W||5 ov||O|
|3/24/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/25/2013||at PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||P|
|3/28/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/4/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|4/5/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|4/7/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|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||0-2||L||0, +115||L||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-3||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/27/2013||ANAHEIM||4-0||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||U|
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Nashville 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Mike Babcock, 8th season with Red Wings, 352-154-68; 10th overall, 421-216-19 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Damien Brunner, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo, G Jonas Gustavsson, D Carlo Colaiacovo.
LOST: D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Brad Stuart, LW Jiri Hudler, LW Tomas Holmstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Brunner. The 26-year-old rookie led the Swiss league with 60 points last season. He might get a lot of chances to produce on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, a teammate overseas during the lockout, and Pavel Datsyuk.
OUTLOOK: Without Lidstrom and Stuart on the blue line, extending the franchise's postseason streak to 22 will be quite a challenge. The Red Wings, though, have a shot to be better offensively and in net with a series of subtle moves after failing to make a splash in the summer when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter turned down their offers to play together in 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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (DETROIT-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Wings-Sharks Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Detroit (17-11-5) at San Jose (15-11-6), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Red Wings have revived their previously mediocre power play, and the now-potent unit is propelling them toward a strong finish.
They're also playing particularly well on the road, something they'll try to continue Thursday night against a San Jose Sharks team that boasts one of the league's best penalty kills.
The Red Wings (17-11-5) own the fifth spot in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Sharks, who pulled into a tie for seventh with St. Louis after Wednesday's 4-0 win over Anaheim. Three straight victories - and five in six games - have moved the Red Wings within striking distance of a top-four seed, with the team's improved power play a big reason why.
Detroit has notched a power-play goal in eight straight games, scoring nine times on 34 chances (26.5 percent). The club had 14 goals on 98 opportunities (14.3 percent) in the previous 25 games, and was 0 for 36 in its first 10 road contests.
"We're doing a lot of good things even though we don't score on each and every one," said Pavel Datsyuk, who scored one power-play goal and assisted on another in Monday's 3-2 win at Phoenix. "It definitely feels like we've got some things going."
The Red Wings, who are seeking their first six-game road winning streak since Feb. 11-28, 2011, had gone six consecutive games without a power-play goal prior to the current streak.
"It's just little things," said Henrik Zetterberg, who assisted on Datsyuk's score. "I don't think we changed that much. It's just that when the puck goes in, you gain confidence."
Detroit will be matched up against one of the NHL's best penalty-kill units, with the Sharks stymieing 86.6 percent of opponents' opportunities. They've been even better at home, killing off 91.7 percent of chances at HP Pavilion, where they're 9-1-4.
San Jose has also developed a healthy habit of quick starts, especially at home. The Sharks own a 29-17 scoring edge in the first period this season, the only period in which they're not being outscored. They've also tied or led after the first 20 minutes in all 14 home contests.
"Our focus is to start fast. We have been starting fast at home," Joe Thornton said after Wednesday's win, which saw San Jose grab a 3-0 advantage after the first. "I think we were moving fast. We were creating offense, getting in on their D."
San Jose was also happy to see Joe Pavelski score a goal in his second straight game after going scoreless in the previous 10. Pavelski was part of a new line that also featured T.J. Galiardi and Ryane Clowe, who was playing in his first game after missing four due to a shoulder injury.
The Sharks have won six of eight meetings in the series but Detroit took a 2-1 shootout victory at San Jose on Feb. 28.
Logan Couture has tallied 10 points in 10 career games against Detroit, while Thornton has 16 over his last 11 contests against the Red Wings.
Detroit's Jimmy Howard, who is 6-1-2 with a 1.52 goals-against average in nine starts this month, has a 4.06 GAA in losing his last five starts against San Jose.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 6:26:32 AM EST|