|Western Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 3 - SAN Leads 2-0|
|7||VANCOUVER||+125||Ov 5,+105||+125||Ov 5,+110|
|8||SAN JOSE||-145||Un 5,-125||-145||Un 5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||11-13-0||-4.9||11-13||-4.9||9-12||2.4||27.7||2.8||29.7|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-4.8||1-4||-4.8||1-3||1.8||30.4||3.4||30.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||50||130||38||47||39||6||11||1411||9.2%||170||27||15.9%||206|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||24||57||18||18||19||2||1||666||8.6%||81||12||14.8%||97|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||2||3||4||0||0||152||5.9%||17||4||23.5%||13|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||3||0||1||2||0||0||61||4.9%||5||1||20.0%||2|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||127||29||40||50||8||9||1450||8.8%||177||27||15.3%||203|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||67||17||20||26||4||4||712||9.4%||90||16||17.8%||109|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||1||4||11||1||1||153||11.1%||18||3||16.7%||29|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||6||1||1||3||1||0||61||9.8%||9||1||11.1%||11|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||22||20||612||555||90.7%||1||9-11||-6.8||9-11-0||-5||7-11|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Road Games)||10||9||293||265||90.4%||0||5-4||+0.1||5-4-0||+1||4-4|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||127||112||88.2%||0||0-4||-5.8||0-4-0||-5||1-2|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Playoff Games)||2||2||61||55||90.2%||0||0-2||-2.8||0-2-0||-2||0-1|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)||30||30||835||774||92.7%||3||17-13||-0.5||17-13-0||-1||11-15|
|CORY SCHNEIDER (Road Games)||15||15||418||383||91.6%||0||6-9||-4.9||6-9-0||-5||5-8|
|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|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17-7-0||+5.5||17-7||+5.5||8-12||3.0||32.5||2.0||28.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.3||3-2||+1.3||0-2||2.4||31.4||2.0||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||50||130||37||43||41||9||10||1587||8.2%||178||35||19.7%||204|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24||73||22||24||22||5||6||779||9.4%||82||21||25.6%||115|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||2||3||6||1||0||157||7.6%||13||2||15.4%||19|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||6||1||1||3||1||0||61||9.8%||9||1||11.1%||11|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||119||26||45||41||7||8||1451||8.2%||152||23||15.1%||203|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||49||9||18||17||5||5||682||7.2%||64||8||12.5%||79|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||4||3||0||0||146||6.8%||13||3||23.1%||16|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||3||0||1||2||0||0||61||4.9%||5||1||20.0%||2|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||6||5||153||140||91.5%||1||1-4||-4||1-4-0||-4||1-3|
|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||-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)||45||45||1281||1185||92.5%||4||26-19||+2.3||26-19-0||+1||14-21|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)||23||23||650||607||93.4%||2||16-7||+4.5||16-7-0||+4||8-11|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||106||93.0%||0||3-1||+2.3||3-1-0||+2||0-1|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Playoff Games)||2||2||61||58||95.1%||0||2-0||+2.3||2-0-0||+2||0-1|
|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 (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|
|Average power rating of opponents played: VANCOUVER 3.15, SAN JOSE 3.18|
|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||1-3||L||0, -140||L||5 un||U|
|5/3/2013||SAN JOSE||2-3||L||0, -135||L||5 un||P|
|5/5/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|5/7/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|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||3-1||W||0, +120||W||5 un||U|
|5/3/2013||at VANCOUVER||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5 un||P|
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.
|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 NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (VANCOUVER-SAN JOSE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates. With AP Photos.)
*Canucks-Sharks Preview* ========================
By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer
Vancouver At San Jose, Game Three, 10:00 p.m. EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Raffi Torres is making quite a positive impact in his return to the playoffs.
A year after being kicked out of the postseason for his vicious hit against Chicago's Marian Hossa, Torres has played a major role in helping the San Jose Sharks take a 2-0 series lead after winning two straight games in Vancouver.
Torres helped set the tone for the series with his physical play in Game 1 when he delivered six hits against his former team. He then gave the Sharks control in the series with his overtime game-winner in Game 2.
The series shifts to San Jose for Game 3 Sunday where a raucous crowd is expected at HP Pavilion, where the Sharks lost just twice in regulation all season.
"What happened last year is totally behind me," Torres said Saturday. "It's not what I think about anymore. But it's nice to be contributing again in the playoffs. It's always fun to play. This is the best time of the season for anybody. It's fun to play in the playoffs."
It's a very different postseason for Torres than the one he had a year ago in Phoenix when he launched himself into Hossa in Game 3 of the opening round and sent him sprawling to the ice. Hossa had to be taken off on a stretcher and missed the remainder of the series.
Torres was suspended 25 games for the hit, a penalty that was later reduced to 21 games on appeal. But he sat out the final 13 games of Phoenix's run to the Western Conference finals and the first eight games of this year for the Coyotes.
He was dealt to San Jose last month and has been a more under-control player this year with his penalty minutes per game dropping by nearly 60 percent.
But he still brings a needed physical element to San Jose's lineup that was evident with his big early hits on Ryan Kesler and the Sedin twins in Game 1.
"He comes as advertised," teammate Joe Pavelski said. "He plays hard. He brings a lot of energy. He's a fast player. He doesn't really mess around with it too much. He plays to his strengths. You do that on a nightly basis, you come to know what to expect from him. He adds that much more experience and grit to our team."
The Sharks have been on the receiving end of Torres' physical play in past playoffs, most notably when his blindside hit to the head during the 2006 playoffs knocked out Milan Michalek and was considered the turning point of the second-round series won by Edmonton.
Torres also delivered a hard, clean hit that separated Joe Thornton's shoulder during the 2011 Western Conference finals when he was in Vancouver.
"It's nice seeing him hit a different color than your own," teammate Patrick Marleau said.
The Canucks have much bigger concerns than dealing with Torres. They have lost eight of nine playoff games since taking a 3-2 lead over Boston in the Stanley Cup finals two years ago.
They were knocked out as the top seed in five games in the opening round by eventual champion Los Angeles last season and have fallen into a deep hole against the Sharks after allowing the tying goal to Marleau in the final minute of regulation before losing on Torres' game-winner.
"I think we all should still be (upset) at that game," coach Alain Vigneault said. "We were a couple of seconds away from a win. We had an empty net. We had two opportunities to get the puck out. We have to make those plays and we didn't. It's a tough feeling. We're going to take the day here and analyze and adjust a few things. We're going to be ready for tomorrow."
One change could come in goal where former starter Roberto Luongo has gotten the nod in the first two games in place of injured Cory Schneider.
Schneider did not dress the first two games but made the trip with his teammates and could be ready to play Sunday. Luongo has allowed six goals on 61 shots and has made some spectacular saves to keep the Canucks in the game early in Vancouver.
"It might be a great thing for us," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I think Luongo's been tremendous. I really do. I think he's made some great saves in the series. If they want to take that quality of goaltender out of the lineup and go to the other one, we'll take our chances with that as well."
The bigger problem for Vancouver has come on the offensive end where the Canucks have just three goals against Antti Niemi. Kevin Bieksa got credit for a goal after a wild scramble in Game 1 and Kesler scored twice on Friday night.
The Sedin twins have been held to one assist apiece and no one else has dented the scoresheet in the first two games.
"You have to hit the back of the net," Henrik Sedin said. "That's the only answer I can give you. You can create chances, you can do whatever you want. If you don't score, you're not going to win."
NOTES: Sharks F Scott Gomez skated after missing the first two games with an injury and is hopeful he can return to the lineup in Game 3. ... Sharks D Jason Demers (lower body) is out for Sunday and F Marty Havlat is questionable after taking a stick to the groin from Kesler in Game 1.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 10:56:11 AM EST|