|Western Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 1|
|61||SAN JOSE||+130||Ov 5,+120||+125||Ov 5,+120|
|62||VANCOUVER||-150||Un 5,-140||-145||Un 5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-16-0||-9.5||8-16||-9.5||7-11||2.1||31.1||2.8||29.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||2-1||3.0||32.0||2.4||27.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||124||36||42||38||8||10||1526||8.1%||169||34||20.1%||193|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||24||51||14||18||16||3||4||747||6.8%||87||13||14.9%||78|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||2||5||8||0||0||160||9.4%||7||3||42.9%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||116||26||44||39||7||8||1390||8.3%||147||22||15.0%||201|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||67||17||26||22||2||3||708||9.5%||83||14||16.9%||122|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||4||6||2||0||0||135||8.9%||10||3||30.0%||22|
|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 (Last 4 Games)||4||3||97||86||88.7%||0||0-3||-3.9||0-3-0||-4||1-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||43||43||1220||1127||92.4%||4||24-19||-0.1||24-19-0||-1||14-20|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||20||20||570||520||91.2%||2||8-12||-4.6||8-12-0||-5||6-9|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||93||90.3%||0||2-2||-0.6||2-2-0||-1||2-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|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 (Last 4 Games)||2||0||13||11||84.6%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-9-0||+0.4||15-9||+0.4||9-13||2.9||28.5||2.2||28.2|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.4||2-3||-2.4||2-3||1.8||28.6||3.4||31.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||48||127||38||46||37||6||11||1350||9.4%||165||26||15.8%||204|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24||70||20||28||18||4||10||684||10.2%||84||14||16.7%||107|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||3||3||2||1||1||143||6.3%||18||4||22.2%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||121||28||39||47||7||9||1389||8.7%||168||26||15.5%||192|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||54||11||19||21||3||5||677||8.0%||78||10||12.8%||83|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||1||4||12||0||1||156||10.9%||17||3||17.6%||27|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||20||18||551||500||90.7%||1||9-9||-4||9-9-0||-3||7-10|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Home Games)||10||9||258||235||91.1%||1||4-5||-4.1||4-5-0||-4||3-6|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||145||133||91.7%||0||2-2||-1||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||30||30||835||774||92.7%||3||17-13||-0.5||17-13-0||-1||11-15|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)||15||15||417||391||93.8%||3||11-4||+4.4||11-4-0||+4||6-7|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||125||117||93.6%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.19, VANCOUVER 3.11|
|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||2-3||L||0, +130||L||5 un||P|
|5/1/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|5/3/2013||at VANCOUVER|| |
|4/4/2013||EDMONTON||4-0||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||CALGARY||5-2||W||0, -305||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/8/2013||PHOENIX||2-0||W||0, -155||W||5 ev||U|
|4/10/2013||at CALGARY||4-1||W||0, -190||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/13/2013||at COLORADO||3-4||L||0, -165||L||5 ov||O|
|4/15/2013||at NASHVILLE||5-2||W||0, -175||W||5 un||O|
|4/16/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5 un||U|
|4/18/2013||at DALLAS||1-5||L||0, -135||L||5 ov||O|
|4/20/2013||DETROIT||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5 ev||U|
|4/22/2013||CHICAGO||3-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|4/25/2013||ANAHEIM||1-3||L||0, -185||L||5 ev||U|
|4/27/2013||at EDMONTON||2-7||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||O|
|5/1/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|5/3/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|5/5/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|5/7/2013||at 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.
LAST SEASON: 51-22-9, 111 points. Lost to Los Angeles 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Alain Vigneault, 7TH SEASON, 287-155-50; 11th overall 396-273-54.
ADDED: D Jason Garrison, D Derek Joslin, RW Guillaume Desbiens.
LOST: D Sami Salo, D Aaron Rome, D Marc-Andre Gragnani, RW Mark Mancari.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cory Schneider. He replaced Roberto Luongo during last year's first-round exit and the 33-year-old goaltender seem to be on his way out. The 26-year-old Schneider signed a three-year, $12 million contract extension last summer.
OUTLOOK: The Canucks have perhaps more urgency than any other NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. Vancouver led the league in points the past two regular seasons. After being a win away from hoisting the Cup for the first time in 2011, the Canucks won only one postseason game last year against the Kings.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-VANCOUVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Canucks Preview* ========================
San Jose At Vancouver, Game One, 10:30 p.m. EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have searched for an identity on their journey through this lockout-shortened season.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks don't know who their goaltender will be Wednesday night when they host Game 1 of this series as Cory Schneider tries to recover from an undisclosed injury in time to make the start.
For the Sharks, there was the high-powered power play that helped them get off to a record-setting start. Then came an offensively challenged seven-week stretch that jeopardized their playoff chances, followed by a strong closing stretch that has the team brimming with confidence heading into the postseason.
With three potent scoring lines, a goaltender playing at the top of his game and more speed throughout the lineup, the Sharks head into the playoffs with the roster and style of play they hope can succeed in the postseason.
"I think we've got more of an identity right now," forward Tommy Wingels said. "We really do. In the past 15, 20 games we found what really made us successful and that's playing the north-south game. At times you can make great plays but at other times you just have to advance the puck. If a team is swarming and constantly hounding the puck you have to move forward."
Without the benefit of continuity in a season without a real training camp or preseason, the Sharks started fast by winning a franchise-record seven straight games to open the season that featured a 4-1 home win against the Canucks. Then the wheels fell off for San Jose during a stretch when the team lost 17 of 23 games to fall out of playoff position with just over a month left in the regular season.
The team then turned its fortunes during an impressive closing stretch to the season that was fueled by strong goaltending from Antti Niemi, a few under-the-radar trades before the deadline and the move of defenseman Brent Burns to forward.
"We feel great going into the playoffs," forward T.J. Galiardi said. "We've had some time to play with our linemates the way the lines are right now. Guys are starting to get good chemistry. We have a pretty balanced attack. Guys can't wait to get it started."
The Sharks went 12-3-1 to clinch their ninth straight postseason berth - the second longest current run in the NHL - before losing the final two games.
Vancouver won the Northwest despite the season-long distraction of whether it would deal goaltender Roberto Luongo, who lost the No. 1 job to Schneider in last year's first-round loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Rumored trades throughout the season never panned out, and Luongo's potential final game in a Canucks uniform was a disaster. He didn't speak to reporters after allowing six third-period goals in a 7-3 loss to Edmonton.
"I was upset with myself," Luongo said after surrendering five of those goals in a 3:35 span. "It's tough to get embarrassed like that. It's happened one too many times for me.
"I was fuming. It was better for me to sit on the bus than to say some things that I would have regretted."
Schneider did not play the last two games after suffering an injury during a 3-1 win over Chicago on Feb. 22, only returning to practice Monday. He was 17-9-5 with a 2.11 goals-against average and five shutouts.
"I've felt pretty good today, on the ice I didn't seem to have any limitations doing the drills, so again I can tell coach what I want to tell him, but it's up to the coaching staff," Schneider told the team's official website after practice Tuesday. "I'd love to play no matter what, I'll probably tell coach that I want to play and then it's up to them to decide the best course of action."
San Jose has no such issues in goal with Niemi, who backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks to the 2010 Stanley Cup title. He posted three shutouts, a 1.93 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in San Jose's late 16-game charge.
The Sedin twins again will lead Vancouver's offense as Henrik Sedin finished with team highs of 34 assists and 45 points while Daniel had 40 points. The Canucks were one of two Western Conference teams - along with Anaheim - to have six 10-goal scorers, led by Alexandre Burrows' 13.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 7:13:56 PM EST|