|9||MINNESOTA||+130||Ov 5,-115||+130||Ov 5,-115|
|10||SAN JOSE||-150||Un 5,-105||-150||Un 5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-9-0||-0.5||8-9||-0.5||8-8||2.9||26.8||2.9||30.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.8||3-2||+0.8||4-0||3.8||33.0||3.8||28.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||35||98||24||38||29||7||6||1001||9.8%||125||22||17.6%||168|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17||50||12||21||15||2||3||455||11.0%||56||12||21.4%||85|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||4||7||6||2||2||165||11.5%||19||2||10.5%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||90||28||30||30||2||2||990||9.1%||108||19||17.6%||153|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||50||15||16||18||1||1||514||9.7%||49||11||22.4%||91|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||6||7||6||0||0||141||13.5%||14||6||42.9%||31|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (All Games)||29||28||790||722||91.4%||1||18-10||+7||18-10-0||+6||13-13|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Road Games)||13||13||379||346||91.3%||0||8-5||+3.5||8-5-0||+3||6-7|
|NIKLAS BACKSTROM (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||94||87.0%||0||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||3-0|
|MATT HACKETT (All Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Road Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MATT HACKETT (Last 4 Games)||1||1||33||28||84.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JOSH HARDING (All Games)||4||3||61||54||88.5%||1||2-1||+1.2||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|JOSH HARDING (Road Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|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 (Road Games)||3||2||74||68||91.9%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-1|
|DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||105||97||92.4%||0||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12-5-0||+4.2||12-5||+4.2||4-11||2.8||31.4||1.9||27.8|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5.2||5-0||+5.2||1-2||3.4||32.2||1.4||26.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||35||88||30||28||24||6||8||1088||8.1%||139||26||18.7%||143|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||48||17||15||12||4||5||533||9.0%||63||16||25.4%||78|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||6||5||5||1||2||161||10.6%||13||3||23.1%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||86||18||29||33||6||7||1008||8.5%||114||15||13.2%||148|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||32||6||8||14||4||4||472||6.8%||50||4||8.0%||52|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||1||2||4||0||0||130||5.4%||6||0||0.0%||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)||31||31||874||808||92.4%||4||17-14||+0.5||17-14-0||0||10-16|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||16||16||440||413||93.9%||2||11-5||+3.2||11-5-0||+3||4-10|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||99||96.1%||2||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||0-2|
|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: MINNESOTA 3.04, SAN JOSE 3.18|
|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||2-0||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2013||at DALLAS||7-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/27/2013||PHOENIX||4-3||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||at DALLAS||3-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/30/2013||LOS ANGELES||4-3||W||0, +105||W||5 ev||O|
|4/1/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, -125||L||5 ev||P|
|4/3/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/4/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/7/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|4/11/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|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|
|4/1/2013||VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||P|
|4/9/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|4/11/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|4/13/2013||at DALLAS|| |
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.
|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 (MINNESOTA-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wild-Sharks Preview* =====================
By TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor
Minnesota (21-12-2) at San Jose (18-11-6), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The San Jose Sharks are streaking into the final month of the season, winning five in a row as they battle for playoff positioning in the tightly bunched Western Conference.
Extending their run Wednesday night will mean stopping a four-game losing streak against the host Minnesota Wild, who dropped their last game but have also been hot of late as they push for the Northwest Division title.
San Jose (18-11-6) scored three goals in a 2:13 span of the second period and held on for a 3-2 victory over Vancouver on Monday. Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who are thriving amid trade rumors surrounding forward Ryane Clowe with Wednesday's deadline looming.
"They're smart people in the locker room, they sense what's going on with Clowey's situation," coach Todd McLellan said. "It didn't just pop out of thin air today, it's been there and it's been around the club for a little while. Clowey's a San Jose Shark right now and he may play a lot of games for us yet."
Clowe was a healthy scratch Monday, suggesting a deal is looming, but San Jose hardly seemed distracted. The club has given up seven goals during the win streak after allowing 35 during a 2-5-2 stretch that preceded it.
The Sharks have risen to sixth in the West, one point ahead of Detroit and within reach of the fourth spot.
"We're trying to catch some teams now," said Thornton, who has points in three straight games. "Winning feels pretty good. It's contagious and as long as we put a good effort, we feel like we can win every night."
Minnesota (21-12-2) did just that for nearly two weeks, winning seven in a row, though it's now dropped two of three after a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Monday. The Wild managed only 12 shots through the first two periods before outshooting the Blues 13-2 over the final 20 minutes, but they weren't able to score in the third.
Minnesota had totaled 38 goals in its previous nine games.
"It just kind of levels us back down to earth a little bit," said forward Devin Setoguchi, who had recorded seven goals and four assists in 10 games before being held off the scoresheet Monday. "We were getting away from the things that made us successful during our streak. When you try to cheat and take shortcuts and aren't hard on pucks, and get pucks in and out, that's when they start going in on you. A couple turnovers and a couple goals for them."
San Jose's victory Monday helped the Wild, as it kept them tied with the Canucks atop the Northwest Division. Now they'll try to get back on track at home after having a four-game win streak there snapped, while trying to extend their run in the series with the Sharks.
Minnesota pushed that streak to four with a 2-0 victory March 23 behind 33 saves from Niklas Backstrom, though the last three meetings have come at St. Paul. The Wild broke a three-game skid at HP Pavilion with a 2-1 win Dec. 6, 2011.
Zach Parise has recorded three goals and five assists in a six-game point streak against San Jose.
San Jose's Antti Niemi has won four straight starts with 0.98 goals-against average, but Backstrom hasn't been nearly as effective lately, posting a 3.40 GAA in his past four games despite a 3-1-0 record. He's won his previous two against the Sharks.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 9:55:21 PM EST|