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Tuesday 4/9/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



SAN JOSE (20-11-0-7, 47 pts.) at COLUMBUS (16-16-0-7, 39 pts.)
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Tuesday, 4/9/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
1SAN JOSE-115Ov 5,-110-125Ov 5,-110
2COLUMBUS-105Un 5,-110+105Un 5,-110
SAN JOSE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games20-18-0-2.520-18-2.513-192.631.52.528.9
Team Stats (Road Games)6-12-0-6.76-12-6.77-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+1.94-1+1.92-
SAN JOSE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)38983332276811988.2%1502818.7%158
Team Stats (Road Games)1840131312235557.2%761013.2%65
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)516384111798.9%16425.0%24
Stats Against (All Games) 941933357810998.6%1201613.3%159
Stats Against (Road Games) 541221192353610.1%641117.2%96
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12254111458.3%7114.3%19
SAN JOSE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
THOMAS GREISS (All Games)4411710690.6%11-3-31-3-0-31-2
THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)33938288.2%00-3-40-3-0-41-1
THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)4411710690.6%11-3-31-3-0-31-2
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)343496589292.4%419-15+0.419-15-0012-17
ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)151543439591.0%26-9-2.86-9-0-36-6
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)4411610792.2%03-1+0.93-1-0+12-1
ALEX STALOCK (All Games)20131184.6%00-000-0-000-0
ALEX STALOCK (Road Games)106583.3%00-000-0-000-0
ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)20131184.6%00-000-0-000-0

COLUMBUS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games16-23-0-3.616-23-3.615-222.326.42.729.8
Team Stats (Home Games)11-10-0+2.411-10+2.49-112.528.02.330.2
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.43-2+1.41-42.426.42.429.0
COLUMBUS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)39912137267510298.8%1361813.2%151
Team Stats (Home Games)2153112116525889.0%811316.0%93
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512173111329.1%10110.0%19
Stats Against (All Games) 10430343371011638.9%1221915.6%179
Stats Against (Home Games) 49101915556357.7%62812.9%87
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12084011458.3%15426.7%21
COLUMBUS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)292881175292.7%412-16-1.712-16-0-17-19
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Home Games)171649646694.0%28-8+0.68-8-005-10
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)4411110493.7%02-2+0.12-2-000-4
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.19,  COLUMBUS 3.17
SAN JOSE - Schedule
3/14/2013LOS ANGELES4-3W0, -120W5 evO
3/16/2013at LOS ANGELES2-5L0, +130L5 ovO
3/18/2013at ANAHEIM3-5L0, +120L5 ovO
3/20/2013at EDMONTON4-3W0, -110W5 ovO
3/23/2013at MINNESOTA0-2L0, +115L5 ovU
3/25/2013at ANAHEIM5-3W0, +120W5 ovO
3/27/2013ANAHEIM4-0W0, -120W5 ovU
3/28/2013DETROIT2-0W0, -115W5 ovU
3/30/2013PHOENIX3-2W0, -170W5 ovP
4/1/2013VANCOUVER3-2W0, -125W5 ovP
4/3/2013MINNESOTA4-2W0, -150W5 ovO
4/5/2013CALGARY2-1W0, -275W5.5 unU
4/7/2013DALLAS4-5L0, -210L5 ovO
4/9/2013at COLUMBUS 
4/11/2013at DETROIT 
4/13/2013at DALLAS 
4/15/2013at PHOENIX 
4/16/2013LOS ANGELES 

COLUMBUS - Schedule
3/14/2013CHICAGO1-2L0, +130L5.5 unU
3/16/2013PHOENIX1-0W0, -110W5 ovU
3/19/2013NASHVILLE4-3W0, -115W5 unO
3/22/2013CALGARY5-1W0, -145W5 ovO
3/23/2013at NASHVILLE2-5L0, +145L5 ovO
3/26/2013at VANCOUVER0-1L0, +160L5 ovU
3/28/2013at EDMONTON4-6L0, +110L5 ovO
3/29/2013at CALGARY6-4W0, +125W5 ovO
3/31/2013ANAHEIM2-1W0, +120W5 ovU
4/4/2013at NASHVILLE3-1W0, +110W5 unU
4/5/2013at ST LOUIS1-3L0, +150L5 ovU
4/7/2013MINNESOTA0-3L0, -115L5 ovU
4/9/2013SAN JOSE 
4/12/2013ST LOUIS 
4/13/2013at MINNESOTA 
4/15/2013at COLORADO 
4/17/2013at ANAHEIM 
4/18/2013at LOS ANGELES 

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.



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: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.

COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.

LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.

OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-COLUMBUS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Sharks-Blue Jackets Preview* =============================

San Jose (20-11-7) at Columbus (16-16-7), 7:00 p.m. EDT

(AP) - A near-perfect homestand catapulted the San Jose Sharks from a fierce fight just to make it into the NHL playoffs to a battle for home-ice advantage in the opening round.

If the Sharks are going to have any hope of winning that race and finishing in the top four in the Western Conference, they are going to need to take the momentum they built during their recent seven-game winning streak and bring it out on the road, where they have had problems all season.

San Jose (20-11-7) left Monday for a four-game trip that begins Tuesday night against Columbus. The Sharks will play six of their final 10 on the road, where they're 6-10-2.

"There's been a certain way we've played since we've been home," forward Joe Pavelski said. "It's been a fairly simple game. On the road that's one of the things you focus on, keeping it simple, keeping the crowd out of it. Don't kill yourself with turnovers and stuff. We did that pretty well here while we were at home. Let's try to take that formula on the road."

The Sharks turned their season around when they followed a win at first-place Anaheim with six straight at home to go from ninth place to fourth in the Western Conference.

Then just when it seemed like they could do no wrong, the Sharks blew a pair of two-goal leads in the homestand finale against Dallas on Sunday and fell 5-4 in a shootout, missing a chance to post the longest perfect homestand in NHL history.

San Jose leaves home in fifth place in the West, one point behind Los Angeles with one game in hand over the Kings. The Sharks have a solid cushion over ninth-place Phoenix, giving them some margin for error in terms of making the playoffs.

"We jumped up a few spots in the standings," forward Tommy Wingels said. "We knew this homestand was important. In the big picture we're happy about it but there's a bitter feeling right now. There are things we need to clean up and move forward."

With defenseman Brent Burns moving up to forward recently to combine for a productive line with Thornton and Marty Havlat, and Pavelski dropping to the third line to add depth, the scoring was spread out during the club's seven-game run, with 12 players getting goals and only Pavelski scoring more than three.

"I think we're playing the right way right now, give or take segments of games where we let it get away from us," coach Todd McLellan said. "Right now we're playing the type of hockey that allows us to win consistently. At the beginning of the year, scoring five or six goals a night, we looked like the Globetrotters there for a while ... when everything was going our way.

"We weren't going to continue playing that way. I think we're playing a better brand of game right now. That sets us up for success."

Trade-deadline acquisition Raffi Torres made an immediate impact in his first game with San Jose on Sunday, assisting on two goals and delivering the hard hits than made him reviled in San Jose when he was with the opposition.

He teamed well with Pavelski and TJ Galiardi in what the Sharks hope will be that effective third line that has been lacking in past postseasons.

"He had a lot of energy out there, he was throwing his weight around," Pavelski said of Torres. "He got a few pucks to the net. A lot of good things, simple to play with. Goes in straight lines. Obviously, it's big for our team. He brings speed. He can play."

They'll take on a Blue Jackets club that's seen its playoff hopes take a hit with back-to-back losses. Columbus (16-16-7) is in 12th place in the West, four points out of eighth, after falling 3-0 at home to Minnesota on Sunday.

The Blue Jackets had earned points in 16 of 18 games before a 3-1 defeat at St. Louis on Friday preceded the latest loss. Columbus had won four straight at home and gone 9-0-3 in its past 12 at Nationwide Arena.

"It's a blow," coach Todd Richards said of the defeat that opened a three-game homestand. "We know what's ahead of us. The players have talked, we have talked, about the importance of these home games."

Marian Gaborik made his Blue Jackets home debut and recorded four shots on goal while leading Columbus forwards with 21:44 of ice time.

"We have to stay positive," Gaborik said. "We have nine games left. We'll do everything we can to be in the hunt."

While the Blue Jackets have struggled to score in their last two games, they didn't have much trouble in the past two meetings with the Sharks - both in Columbus. The Jackets won 6-2 on Feb. 11 and 6-3 on Feb. 21, 2012.

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 11:30:19 PM EST

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