|25||SAN JOSE||+135||Ov 5,+100||+130||Ov 5,+105|
|26||LOS ANGELES||-155||Un 5,-120||-150||Un 5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-15-0||-8.5||8-15||-8.5||7-11||2.1||31.4||2.8||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||2-1||3.2||34.0||2.2||30.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||47||122||36||41||37||8||10||1501||8.1%||169||34||20.1%||191|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||23||49||14||17||15||3||4||722||6.8%||87||13||14.9%||76|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||2||6||7||1||1||170||9.4%||10||3||30.0%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||17||47||12||15||17||3||5||544||8.6%||58||11||19.0%||72|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||113||26||42||38||7||8||1363||8.3%||146||22||15.1%||195|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||64||17||24||21||2||3||681||9.4%||82||14||17.1%||116|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||4||6||1||0||0||151||7.3%||12||4||33.3%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||42||9||17||14||2||3||502||8.4%||56||9||16.1%||74|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||6||5||153||140||91.5%||1||1-4||-4||1-4-0||-4||1-3|
|THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)||5||4||129||116||89.9%||0||0-4||-5||0-4-0||-5||1-2|
|THOMAS GREISS (vs. Division)||2||2||64||60||93.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||97||86||88.7%||0||0-3||-3.9||0-3-0||-4||1-1|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||42||42||1193||1103||92.5%||4||24-18||+0.9||24-18-0||0||14-20|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||19||19||543||496||91.3%||2||8-11||-3.6||8-11-0||-4||6-9|
|ANTTI NIEMI (vs. Division)||15||15||431||397||92.1%||1||9-6||+0.8||9-6-0||0||6-6|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||110||92.4%||0||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||2-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Road Games)||1||0||6||5||83.3%||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|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18-5-0||+9.9||18-5||+9.9||8-10||3.1||26.2||1.8||22.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.2||2-3||-1.2||1-3||2.0||28.8||2.4||28.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||47||130||34||50||43||3||7||1404||9.3%||165||33||20.0%||220|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||71||23||21||24||3||5||603||11.8%||84||18||21.4%||120|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||2||6||1||1||0||144||6.9%||15||3||20.0%||19|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||17||48||12||21||14||1||1||555||8.6%||60||14||23.3%||89|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||116||33||41||37||5||7||1173||9.9%||161||27||16.8%||192|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||42||12||15||14||1||2||521||8.1%||70||8||11.4%||68|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||6||3||1||1||144||8.3%||14||1||7.1%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||52||10||19||21||2||4||454||11.5%||54||13||24.1%||82|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (All Games)||14||12||306||282||92.2%||1||10-2||+8.3||10-2-0||+8||4-6|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Home Games)||7||7||160||150||93.7%||1||7-0||+7||7-0-0||+7||3-3|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (vs. Division)||6||4||136||122||89.7%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|JONATHAN BERNIER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||85||78||91.8%||1||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||36||35||864||779||90.2%||2||16-19||-8.1||16-19-0||-8||15-13|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)||17||16||360||330||91.7%||1||11-5||+2.8||11-5-0||+2||5-7|
|JONATHAN QUICK (vs. Division)||13||13||316||282||89.2%||1||5-8||-5.9||5-8-0||-5||8-4|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||110||92.4%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.17, LOS ANGELES 3.18|
|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|
|4/21/2013||COLUMBUS||3-4||L||0, -165||L||5 un||O|
|4/23/2013||DALLAS||3-2||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||P|
|4/24/2013||at PHOENIX||1-2||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/27/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/31/2013||at DALLAS||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||at PHOENIX||1-3||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||U|
|4/4/2013||MINNESOTA||3-0||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||EDMONTON||4-1||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||P|
|4/7/2013||at ANAHEIM||3-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2013||at DALLAS||1-5||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||O|
|4/11/2013||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -285||W||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||at SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -110||L||5 un||P|
|4/18/2013||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -200||W||5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -185||W||5 ov||O|
|4/23/2013||at MINNESOTA||1-2||L||0, -105||L||5 un||U|
|4/24/2013||at DETROIT||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5 un||U|
|4/27/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|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.
|LOS ANGELES: |
LAST SEASON: 40-27-15, 95 points. Won Stanley Cup.
COACH: Darryl Sutter, 2nd season with Kings, 25-13-11; 12th overall, 434-333-142 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Anthony Stewart.
LOST: RW Kevin Westgarth.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Anze Kopitar. The Kings' leading scorer in five straight seasons injured his knee in Sweden shortly before the lockout ended. He's not expected to opening day, and if his injury lingers, Los Angeles' offense will be compromised.
OUTLOOK: With Kopitar, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Brown and every significant player returning from the first championship team in franchise history, the Stanley Cup holders believe their continuity in a short season gives them a strong chance at a repeat.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Kings Preview* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
San Jose (25-15-7) at Los Angeles (26-16-5), 10:30 p.m. EDT
Saturday night's regular-season finale at Staples Center may not be the final meeting between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks depending on certain postseason scenarios.
San Jose, winner of four of the last five meetings, may not be opposed to that.
Each team's Western Conference playoff fate is contingent upon how St. Louis fares in its final game with NHL-best Chicago earlier in the evening, as both the Sharks (25-15-7) and Kings (26-16-5) are one point back of the Blues for the fourth seed and accompanying home-ice advantage in the first round.
If St. Louis wins, the winner of this contest would be the No. 5 seed and face the Blues.
Things get a little trickier from there.
A Kings victory and any St. Louis loss would give them home-ice advantage in a first-round series with the Blues. A Sharks win in regulation and St. Louis loss in regulation would give San Jose the home-ice edge versus the Blues.
The only scenario in which the Sharks and Kings can face off in the first round is if San Jose beats Los Angeles in overtime or a shootout and St. Louis loses in regulation, giving the Sharks the No. 4 seed.
San Jose won the last meeting 3-2 in a shootout April 16, as Brent Burns had a goal and an assist. Dustin Brown scored for the Kings in that contest, but he won't be around for this matchup as he finishes serving a two-game suspension for elbowing Minnesota's Jason Pominville in Tuesday's loss.
Los Angeles lost 3-1 to the Red Wings the following night.
"You don't replace Brown in your lineup," coach Darryl Sutter said. "I look at it another way. He's got two games off to get some rest for the playoffs."
The defending Stanley Cup champions entered last postseason as an underdog eighth seed, while this season's team comes in with greater outside expectations.
"Last year we were hanging on for the eighth spot, and (this season) we clinched (a playoff spot) two or three games ago," Sutter said. "It's a different team. We'll see what happens the next few days."
San Jose is heading to its ninth straight postseason after beating Dallas 3-2 on Tuesday, but they fell 2-1 on Wednesday at Phoenix for its second defeat in three games.
"(Tuesday) was an emotional game, and you're always concerned about guys getting off to a good start," coach Todd McLellan said. "It took a little while for us to get our legs going (Wednesday) and decide to play the way we needed to play."
Burns scored for the Sharks, who are just 8-13-2 on the road.
"In this league, you can't just play 40 to 45 minutes and win," McLellan said. "(Wednesday) was a good example."
Thomas Greiss made 30 saves in his first start since March 6, though McLellan may opt to go back to Antti Niemi for the finale. Niemi is 5-2-0 with a 1.83 goals-against average over his last seven starts, though he's posted a 3.74 GAA in his last six versus the Kings.
Jonathan Quick has lost two shootouts, one in overtime and been pulled in another while posting a 3.51 GAA in his last four starts against San Jose.
|Last Updated: 1/24/2015 11:50:32 PM EST|