|11||COLUMBUS||+150||Ov 5,-105||+140||Ov 5,+100|
|12||SAN JOSE||-170||Un 5,-115||-160||Un 5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-14-0||-3.5||8-14||-3.5||7-12||2.2||24.6||2.9||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.6||4-1||+3.6||1-1||3.0||24.0||2.0||31.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||45||110||23||46||31||10||6||1179||9.3%||147||18||12.2%||184|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22||49||10||21||13||5||4||542||9.0%||63||5||7.9%||75|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||1||7||4||3||1||120||12.5%||9||0||0.0%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||114||34||36||37||7||10||1349||8.5%||140||23||16.4%||199|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||64||23||17||22||2||5||652||9.8%||72||15||20.8%||110|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||4||2||4||0||0||156||6.4%||17||4||23.5%||20|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||35||34||997||928||93.1%||5||17-17||+3||17-17-0||+3||8-21|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||16||16||439||401||91.3%||2||7-9||+0.3||7-9-0||0||3-10|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||115||92.7%||0||3-1||+2.6||3-1-0||+2||1-1|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||16-6-0||+6.2||16-6||+6.2||7-12||3.0||32.1||2.0||28.8|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.4||4-1||+2.4||1-2||3.4||33.4||1.4||30.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||44||115||35||39||33||8||10||1395||8.2%||163||32||19.6%||180|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||22||67||21||23||18||5||6||707||9.5%||78||19||24.4%||104|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||2||7||6||2||2||167||10.2%||12||4||33.3%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||105||22||39||37||7||8||1283||8.2%||137||19||13.9%||181|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||43||7||15||16||5||5||634||6.8%||59||6||10.2%||69|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||7||2||4||1||0||0||154||4.5%||15||3||20.0%||14|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||5||4||121||110||90.9%||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||3||97||86||88.7%||0||0-3||-4||0-3-0||-4||1-1|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||40||40||1145||1061||92.7%||4||23-17||+1.6||23-17-0||+1||13-20|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||21||21||602||565||93.9%||2||15-6||+5.2||15-6-0||+5||7-11|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||125||120||96.0%||0||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||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: COLUMBUS 3.12, SAN JOSE 3.13|
|3/26/2013||at VANCOUVER||0-1||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||U|
|3/28/2013||at EDMONTON||4-6||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2013||at CALGARY||6-4||W||0, +125||W||5 ov||O|
|3/31/2013||ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||U|
|4/4/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-1||W||0, +110||W||5 un||U|
|4/5/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-3||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|4/7/2013||MINNESOTA||0-3||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||SAN JOSE||4-0||W||0, +110||W||5 ev||U|
|4/12/2013||ST LOUIS||4-1||W||0, -110||W||5 un||P|
|4/13/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5 ov||P|
|4/15/2013||at COLORADO||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||O|
|4/17/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-2||W||0, +135||W||5 un||P|
|4/18/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-2||L||0, +170||L||5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/25/2013||at DALLAS|| |
|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|
|4/7/2013||DALLAS||4-5||L||0, -210||L||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2013||at COLUMBUS||0-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ev||U|
|4/11/2013||at DETROIT||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||at DALLAS||1-2||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/15/2013||at PHOENIX||4-0||W||0, -110||W||5 un||U|
|4/16/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5 un||P|
|4/18/2013||MINNESOTA||6-1||W||0, -150||W||5 un||O|
|4/24/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|4/27/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
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.
|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 (COLUMBUS-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Sharks Preview* =============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Columbus (21-17-7) at San Jose (24-13-7), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The San Jose Sharks have the best home record in the league, making their fight for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs even more important.
Simply qualifying for the postseason would be an accomplishment for the Columbus Blue Jackets, though they haven't had much success in their trips to HP Pavilion.
San Jose looks to boost its chances for the conference's fourth seed while putting a damper on Columbus' playoff hopes when these teams meet Sunday night.
The Sharks (24-13-7) are an NHL-best 16-1-5 at home, with their only regulation loss coming to West-leading Chicago on Feb. 5. They've earned two points in nine of their last 10 home games after beating Minnesota 6-1 on Thursday.
San Jose, just 8-12-2 on the road, is tied with Los Angeles for the fourth seed in the West and the accompanying home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
"I think we're going in the right direction now," said forward Logan Couture, who had two goals and two assists Thursday. "You always want to be playing well going into the playoffs."
Martin Havlat scored twice and added an assist for the Sharks, who are 11-2-1 in their last 14 overall.
"We all feel comfortable," captain Joe Thornton said. "We all like where our game is. We can still improve in some things and we still got some games in the regular season to win. But, yeah, we keep getting better. It's a perfect time for that."
One of the defeats during San Jose's hot stretch came April 9 at Columbus. Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-0 win.
Columbus has hosted the last three meetings with the Sharks, outscoring them 16-5 while winning each one. San Jose, though, is 19-1-2 all-time at home versus the Blue Jackets, winning the last two by a combined 8-1 score.
Columbus (21-17-7) had a five-game winning snapped with Thursday's 2-1 defeat at Los Angeles, its first loss in four stops on its six-game road trip. Despite the defeat, the Blue Jackets are locked in a tight battle with Detroit and Dallas for the West's final playoff berth.
The franchise's only postseason appearance came in 2008-09.
"We were just a little bit lacking on the execution (Thursday)," said defenseman Dalton Prout, who scored his first NHL goal. "We're going to leave it all on the table in these last three games."
The Blue Jackets, though, will have to overcome the loss of winger Matt Calvert, who suffered a broken finger while taking a shot to the hand in the third period Thursday. Coach Todd Richards said Calvert, who has nine goals and seven assists, will be out "for a while."
"It's a big blow losing him," Richards said.
Columbus still has Bobrovsky, who has emerged as a surprising Vezina Trophy candidate while posting a 2.03 goals-against average that ranks among the league's best. He's 5-1-0 with a 1.62 GAA over a six-game stretch that began with the latest win over San Jose.
Antti Niemi was pulled in the most recent meeting with Columbus after giving up four goals on 26 shots through two-plus periods. Niemi, 4-1-0 with a 1.36 GAA since that contest, is 4-2-0 with a 3.07 GAA in his career versus the Blue Jackets.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 3:19:22 AM EST|