|3||DALLAS||+170||Ov 5,-130||+175||Ov 5,-125|
|4||SAN JOSE||-200||Un 5,+110||-210||Un 5,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-9-0||+2.7||9-9||+2.7||7-8||2.6||26.6||2.7||30.1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||2-3||2.4||24.8||3.2||31.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||37||99||33||30||33||3||2||987||10.0%||134||24||17.9%||171|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||18||47||12||18||15||2||1||479||9.8%||62||9||14.5%||85|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||5||1||6||0||0||124||9.7%||18||4||22.2%||21|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||13||30||10||6||13||1||2||312||9.6%||45||10||22.2%||48|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||113||26||48||36||3||5||1137||9.9%||141||26||18.4%||199|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||48||12||21||14||1||2||541||8.9%||64||8||12.5%||87|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||4||6||6||0||2||158||10.1%||12||3||25.0%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||29||6||14||8||1||3||410||7.1%||42||6||14.3%||48|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (All Games)||8||5||142||119||83.8%||1||2-3||-0.8||2-3-0||0||4-1|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Road Games)||5||4||99||84||84.8%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||3-1|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (vs. Division)||1||1||34||32||94.1%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|RICHARD BACHMAN (Last 4 Games)||4||2||63||51||81.0%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|KARI LEHTONEN (All Games)||29||27||845||775||91.7%||0||14-13||+2.1||14-13-0||+3||11-12|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Road Games)||13||12||377||352||93.4%||0||7-5||+4||7-5-0||+4||3-6|
|KARI LEHTONEN (vs. Division)||11||11||342||319||93.3%||0||6-5||+2.8||6-5-0||+3||4-7|
|KARI LEHTONEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||112||91.1%||0||1-3||-1.4||1-3-0||-1||1-3|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (All Games)||5||5||146||131||89.7%||1||1-4||-3||1-4-0||-3||3-2|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Road Games)||2||2||63||57||90.5%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (vs. Division)||1||1||32||31||96.9%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CRISTOPHER NILSTORP (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||100||87.7%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14-5-0||+6.2||14-5||+6.2||5-12||2.8||31.9||1.8||27.8|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||1-2||2.8||33.4||1.4||27.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||37||94||32||29||27||6||8||1162||8.1%||147||28||19.0%||152|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||19||54||19||16||15||4||5||607||8.9%||71||18||25.4%||87|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||3||5||5||1||1||167||8.4%||13||4||30.8%||21|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||11||31||10||6||13||2||4||329||9.4%||44||8||18.2%||50|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||89||19||31||33||6||7||1065||8.4%||117||16||13.7%||152|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||35||7||10||14||4||4||529||6.6%||53||5||9.4%||56|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||2||3||2||0||0||138||5.1%||5||1||20.0%||12|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||29||4||12||12||1||2||313||9.3%||35||5||14.3%||51|
|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 (vs. Division)||1||1||32||30||93.7%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-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)||33||33||931||862||92.6%||4||19-14||+2.5||19-14-0||+2||11-17|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||18||18||497||467||94.0%||2||13-5||+5.2||13-5-0||+5||5-11|
|ANTTI NIEMI (vs. Division)||10||10||274||250||91.2%||1||6-4||+1.4||6-4-0||+1||5-4|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||104||93.7%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-1|
|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 (vs. Division)||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|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DALLAS 3.2, SAN JOSE 3.17|
|3/12/2013||NASHVILLE||0-4||L||0, -125||L||5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||ANAHEIM||1-2||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||CHICAGO||1-8||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/18/2013||CALGARY||4-3||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/20/2013||at COLORADO||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/21/2013||at LOS ANGELES||2-0||W||0, +180||W||5 ov||U|
|3/23/2013||COLORADO||5-2||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/25/2013||MINNESOTA||4-7||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||MINNESOTA||5-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/31/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/1/2013||ANAHEIM||0-4||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-5||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-1||W||0, +175||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/7/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/9/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|4/12/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|4/13/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|4/15/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|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|
|4/3/2013||MINNESOTA||4-2||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||O|
|4/5/2013||CALGARY||2-1||W||0, -275||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/9/2013||at COLUMBUS|| |
|4/11/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|4/13/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|4/15/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|4/16/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
LAST SEASON: 42-35-5, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 10th in the Western Conference.
COACH: Curt Fraser, first season.
ADDED: C Cody Eakin, LW Ray Whitney, C Derek Roy, RW Jaromir Jagr, D Aaron Rome.
LOST: C Mike Ribiero, D Sheldon Souray, C Steve Ott, D Adam Pardy, C Jake Dowell, RW, RW Radek Dvorak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Brenden Morrow. It's a contract year for the captain, who scored 35 goals last season.
OUTLOOK: The Stars recently signed G Kari Lehtonen to a five-year contract extension after two relatively healthy seasons in Dallas. The Finn and a relatively solid defense should keep the Stars on the fringes of playoff contention. Seeing how much Dallas can get from the 40-year-old Jagr in the lockout-shortened season will be worth watching.
|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 (DALLAS-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Stars-Sharks Preview* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Dallas (17-17-3) at San Jose (20-11-6), 4:00 p.m. EDT
Fighting for one of the final Western Conference playoff spots two weeks ago, the San Jose Sharks are now battling for home-ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.
San Jose can extend its winning streak to eight by earning a fifth consecutive home victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
The Sharks (20-11-6) sat in ninth place in the West prior to their streak, but they've put themselves in contention for the No. 4 seed with the run.
Joe Pavelski scored with 2:06 left in the third period Friday to give San Jose a 2-1 win over Calgary, putting it on the verge of sweeping its seven-game homestand.
The Sharks begin a four-game road trip against Columbus on Tuesday.
"It moves us up," forward Logan Couture said. "The goal is to get to the playoffs and we have to keep winning to get there. We knew this homestand would be really crucial for us this year. We have one more before we head to the road and it's a division game so we look forward to that."
Much like its seven-game winning streak to begin this season, San Jose is backing solid goaltending with plenty of offense. It's outscored opponents 22-10 with Antti Niemi posting a 1.41 goals-against average during the run.
"Maybe we got some wins early because every team wasn't ready to play, but the way we're working right now is very good," said Niemi, 6-1-1 with a 1.74 GAA in his last eight starts versus Dallas.
Though coach Todd McLellan noted similarities between both seven-game streaks, he's also happier with what he's seeing during the current run.
"Right now we're playing the type of hockey that allows us to win consistently," said McLellan, whose team outscored the opposition 27-12 during the initial streak. "At the beginning of the year, scoring five or six goals per night, we looked like the (Harlem) Globetrotters there for awhile. Everything was going our way. I think we're playing a better brand of game right now that sets us up for success."
San Jose fell 3-1 to Dallas on Feb. 23 to end a 7-0-1 run in the series, but that was a much different Stars team that featured Jaromir Jagr, Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Michael Ryder - all of whom have since been traded.
Dallas (17-17-3) is coming off a 3-1 victory over Anaheim on Friday that ended a three-game losing streak. It trails St. Louis by five points for the final playoff spot in the West.
Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves after posting a 3.87 GAA over his previous five starts.
"We're not done yet. We're going to keep battling," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's good for our goaltender to get a little confidence, get rewarded for his good play and I thought the guys did a good job of blocking shots and keeping things to the outside."
Dallas is playing with plenty of new faces who contributed Friday. Alex Chiasson scored his first career goal in his second NHL game, and Lane MacDermid scored for the second straight contest since coming over from Boston in the Jagr trade Tuesday.
"The reason you play in the American Hockey League is to make it up to the NHL," Chiasson said. "Luckily I've made it up here, and now I've got to work to stay here."
The Sharks have outscored the Stars 19-4 while winning the last four meetings in San Jose.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 5:13:37 AM EST|