|17||VANCOUVER||+105||Ov 5,-120||+105||Ov 5,-115|
|18||SAN JOSE||-125||Un 5,+100||-125||Un 5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-8-0||-0.7||9-8||-0.7||5-10||2.3||27.7||2.5||27.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||0-4||1.8||24.0||1.4||24.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||35||92||28||35||24||5||8||989||9.3%||125||16||12.8%||142|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17||39||14||12||11||2||1||471||8.3%||63||7||11.1%||62|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||3||2||3||1||3||120||7.5%||12||1||8.3%||12|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||90||24||30||30||6||7||977||9.2%||123||22||17.9%||144|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||43||15||13||12||3||3||469||9.2%||65||13||20.0%||71|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||5||0||2||0||0||122||5.7%||15||2||13.3%||14|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||16||14||406||367||90.4%||1||7-7||-3||7-7-0||-2||5-8|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)||7||6||177||159||89.8%||0||3-3||-0.8||3-3-0||0||2-3|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||3||106||92||86.8%||0||1-2||-2.4||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||21||21||569||525||92.3%||1||12-9||-0.5||12-9-0||-1||8-10|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)||11||11||291||269||92.4%||0||6-5||+0.1||6-5-0||0||3-7|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||80||75||93.7%||1||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||0-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11-5-0||+3.2||11-5||+3.2||4-11||2.8||31.1||1.9||27.9|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.2||4-1||+3.2||1-3||2.8||31.8||1.4||25.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||34||85||30||25||24||6||8||1053||8.1%||136||25||18.4%||138|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||16||45||17||12||12||4||5||498||9.0%||60||15||25.0%||73|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||6||2||5||1||2||159||8.8%||14||2||14.3%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||84||18||28||32||6||7||983||8.5%||114||15||13.2%||144|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||30||6||7||13||4||4||447||6.7%||50||4||8.0%||48|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||1||2||4||0||0||129||5.4%||10||1||10.0%||13|
|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)||30||30||849||785||92.5%||4||16-14||-0.5||16-14-0||-1||10-16|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||15||15||415||390||94.0%||2||10-5||+2.2||10-5-0||+2||4-10|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||100||95.2%||2||4-0||+4.2||4-0-0||+4||1-2|
|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: VANCOUVER 3.19, SAN JOSE 3.13|
|3/5/2013||SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5 un||P|
|3/7/2013||at COLUMBUS||1-2||L||0, -160||L||5 ov||U|
|3/10/2013||at MINNESOTA||2-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ev||O|
|3/12/2013||at COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||NASHVILLE||7-4||W||0, -170||W||5 un||O|
|3/16/2013||DETROIT||2-5||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||MINNESOTA||1-3||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||at PHOENIX||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|3/23/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-0||W||0, +135||W||5 ev||U|
|3/24/2013||at COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||COLUMBUS||1-0||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||U|
|3/28/2013||COLORADO||4-1||W||0, -235||W||5 ov||P|
|3/30/2013||at EDMONTON||0-4||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/10/2013||at CALGARY|| |
|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|
|3/28/2013||DETROIT||2-0||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|3/30/2013||PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||P|
|4/9/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|4/11/2013||at DETROIT|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
|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 (VANCOUVER-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canucks-Sharks Preview* ========================
Vancouver (19-10-6) at San Jose (17-11-6), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The San Jose Sharks are looking to continue to roll with the fewest regulation home losses in the NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks hope to put aside an ugly eight minutes that ended their six-game win streak.
The Sharks have taken the first two matchups this season as they seek to win their fifth straight Monday night against the visiting Canucks.
San Jose (17-11-6) never led until the end of Saturday's 3-2 shootout win over Phoenix. Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic each had tying goals while Logan Couture had the lone tally for either team in the shootout as the Sharks improved to 11-1-4 at home.
"I think the confidence is going up. From where it was at the low point, you can feel it going up," coach Todd McLellan said. "A lot of good things were said, as soon as we go down. Guys stuck with the game plan for the most part."
Pavelski has six points during a four-game run after he went eight games without a point. He has benefited from being shifted to the third line alongside T.J. Galiardi and James Sheppard.
"He's done what we've asked him to do," McLellan said. "He's gone onto that line and there's a reason why Gali (Galiardi) is probably playing better too. They're meshing well."
Playoff positioning is at stake with Vancouver (19-10-6) in fourth place in the Western Conference with 44 points and San Jose in sixth with 40. The Canucks are tied for the Northwest Division lead with Minnesota, which has played one fewer game.
Vancouver will complete a two-game trip after a stunning 4-0 loss at Edmonton on Saturday. All the goals came in the first 7:53, with Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo each allowing two.
"It was an ugly first 10 minutes, but after that we had some push-back and settled the game down," Schneider said. "Unfortunately the damage had been done already. Maybe it's a good wakeup call for us."
Schneider has started the first two meetings with San Jose, a 4-1 road loss Jan. 27 and a 3-2 shootout defeat March 5. Luongo is 7-1-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average in his last 10 starts against the Sharks, including the postseason.
The Sharks have historically had trouble against the Sedin brothers, who combined for 29 points against them in 2010-11 including the playoffs. The duo has combined for five points in six meetings since.
San Jose has yielded four power-play goals in 50 chances at home while Vancouver owns one of the league's worst road power plays at 11.1 percent. The Canucks are 0 for 12 with the man advantage in the season series.
Vancouver played 16 games last month and San Jose 15. The Canucks will get their first two-day break between games in over three weeks after Monday.
"This has been one of the toughest grinds since I've been here," coach Alain Vigneault told the Canucks' official website. "We've had some in the past - the Olympic year there were some moments when there were some huge challenges - but this is as hard as it gets both physically and mentally."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 8:46:35 AM EST|