|Western Conference Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 2 - LOS Leads 1-0|
|9||SAN JOSE||+130||Ov 4.5,-130||+130||Ov 4.5,-145|
|10||LOS ANGELES||-150||Un 4.5,+110||-150||Un 4.5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10-17-0||-8.2||10-17||-8.2||7-13||2.1||31.2||2.7||29.2|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.4||4-1||+3.4||2-2||3.0||36.2||2.0||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||53||139||40||44||45||10||10||1707||8.1%||195||40||20.5%||221|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||27||57||15||19||19||4||4||843||6.8%||99||14||14.1%||89|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||2||7||2||0||181||8.3%||26||6||23.1%||28|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||5||15||4||2||7||2||0||181||8.3%||26||6||23.1%||28|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||19||49||12||16||18||3||5||604||8.1%||61||11||18.0%||74|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||126||28||47||44||7||8||1536||8.2%||157||24||15.3%||221|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||72||18||28||24||2||3||789||9.1%||89||15||16.9%||128|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||2||3||5||0||0||146||6.8%||10||2||20.0%||20|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||10||2||3||5||0||0||146||6.8%||10||2||20.0%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||47||10||20||15||2||3||549||8.6%||58||9||15.5%||84|
|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|
|THOMAS GREISS (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||48||48||1366||1263||92.5%||5||28-20||+3.3||28-20-0||+2||16-22|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||23||23||651||596||91.6%||3||10-13||-3.2||10-13-0||-4||6-11|
|ANTTI NIEMI (vs. Division)||17||17||478||439||91.8%||2||9-8||-1.2||9-8-0||-2||6-7|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||116||107||92.2%||1||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Playoff Games)||5||5||146||136||93.2%||1||4-1||+3.4||4-1-0||+3||2-2|
|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|
|ALEX STALOCK (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23-5-0||+14.8||23-5||+14.8||9-13||3.0||25.6||1.7||23.4|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||2-3||2.4||22.2||1.2||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||55||147||39||56||48||4||7||1600||9.2%||182||35||19.2%||253|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||28||83||27||26||27||3||5||716||11.6%||93||18||19.4%||143|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||4||3||1||0||111||10.8%||10||1||10.0%||23|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||7||14||5||4||4||1||0||169||8.3%||16||2||12.5%||27|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||19||53||13||24||15||1||1||602||8.8%||62||14||22.6%||99|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||128||36||45||41||6||7||1410||9.1%||181||29||16.0%||210|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||48||14||18||15||1||2||655||7.3%||80||9||11.2%||78|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||6||2||3||1||0||0||145||4.1%||11||1||9.1%||11|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||10||3||3||3||1||0||212||4.7%||20||2||10.0%||16|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||54||10||20||22||2||4||514||10.5%||57||13||22.8%||84|
|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 BERNIER (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||44||43||1101||1004||91.2%||4||22-21||-4.1||22-21-0||-4||17-18|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)||22||21||494||458||92.7%||3||16-5||+7.8||16-5-0||+7||6-10|
|JONATHAN QUICK (vs. Division)||15||15||376||340||90.4%||2||7-8||-3.9||7-8-0||-3||8-5|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||109||94.8%||1||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Playoff Games)||7||7||212||202||95.3%||2||5-2||+3||5-2-0||+3||2-5|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.18, LOS ANGELES 3.21|
|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|
|5/5/2013||VANCOUVER||5-2||W||0, -135||W||5 un||O|
|5/7/2013||VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, -150||W||5 un||O|
|5/14/2013||at LOS ANGELES||0-2||L||0, +130||L||5 un||U|
|5/16/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|5/18/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|5/21/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|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||3-2||W||0, -150||W||5 un||P|
|4/30/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +105||L||5 un||U|
|5/2/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +105||L||5 un||U|
|5/4/2013||ST LOUIS||1-0||W||0, -150||W||4.5 ov||U|
|5/6/2013||ST LOUIS||4-3||W||0, -135||W||4.5 ov||O|
|5/8/2013||at ST LOUIS||3-2||W||0, +105||W||4.5 ov||O|
|5/10/2013||ST LOUIS||2-1||W||0, -155||W||4.5 ov||U|
|5/14/2013||SAN JOSE||2-0||W||0, -150||W||5 un||U|
|5/16/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|5/18/2013||at SAN JOSE|| |
|5/21/2013||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.
|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 NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Adds dropped words "in Phoenix" in lead. With AP Photos.)
*Sharks-Kings Preview* ======================
By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer
San Jose At Los Angeles, Game Two, 10:00 p.m. EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Raffi Torres spent the past year in Phoenix and San Jose trying to shake his reputation as a dangerous player.
His hit on Los Angeles center Jarret Stoll might have erased much of that work and put both players' postseason futures in doubt.
Stoll is likely to miss Game 2 of the Kings' second-round playoff series against the Sharks on Thursday night. The valuable two-way forward didn't return to the series opener after a hard hit from Torres late in the second period of Los Angeles' 2-0 victory.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter implied Wednesday that Stoll could be out for a significant length of time. Torres also might be sidelined for a stretch after he travels to New York for a disciplinary hearing Thursday with the NHL's Department of Player Safety, which suspended him until the hearing is completed.
"I thought it was careless," Sutter said of Torres' hit, which occurred near the sideboards after the puck rolled away from Stoll.
A lengthy suspension wouldn't make Sutter feel any better about Torres' play, either: "Our player is quite a bit more important than theirs."
During the defending Stanley Cup champions' 2-0 victory over the Sharks, Stoll was bent forward when Torres approached him from the side for a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Stoll's head also snapped back violently before he fell forward onto the ice. Torres was called for a minor penalty for charging, and Stoll didn't return to the game.
Most of the Kings declined to weigh in on the hit's legality after Wednesday's light practice, claiming they hadn't seen replays. Stoll attended the Kings' team meeting before practice, but wasn't on the ice.
The Sharks had much stronger opinions about the play: Torres, captain Joe Thornton and coach Todd McLellan all said the hit was perfectly legal, and shouldn't even have resulted in San Jose's only penalty in Game 1.
"We questioned the call of a charging penalty," Thornton said. "So we were kind of shocked to hear he has to fly to New York for the hearing, because we didn't see anything wrong on the play. ... It's unfortunate that Raffi has to go through this again."
Further complicating matters, Stoll and Torres are friends after three seasons as teammates with the Edmonton Oilers from 2005-08.
The Kings would lose plenty without Stoll, a stalwart on their championship team last summer. Stoll is their third-line center and a top penalty-killer and faceoff specialist, playing a valuable two-way game while also logging time on the power play.
Although he doesn't score many points, getting just one assist in seven playoff games this spring, Stoll scored the series-winning goal in last season's upset of top-seeded Vancouver in the first round on the way to the title. He also has a history of apparent concussions earlier in his career.
"He's a big loss, one of our most valuable guys," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "Everybody else will have to step up if we want to keep going forward."
Torres' absence isn't likely to affect the Sharks' offensive efforts against goalie Jonathan Quick, who shut them out on 35 shots in the series opener. But Stoll's absence on defense changes the mix for Los Angeles, which must entrust additional ice time to role players without one of its leaders.
Brad Richardson, who played 13 games during the Kings' championship playoff run, is likely to replace Stoll in the lineup for Game 2. Richardson hasn't played in this postseason since Game 1 of the Kings' first-round series with St. Louis.
"It's huge, because he's one of our clutch players," Richardson said of Stoll. "He's the first guy on the penalty kill, and he's a power-play guy."
Even if it is deemed legal, the hit ignites another round of trouble for Torres, the journeyman forward whose ugly reputation has surfaced again.
While playing for Phoenix last season, Torres received a 21-game suspension - initially 25 games - for a high hit on Chicago star Marian Hossa in the first round of the playoffs. That play cemented Torres' identity as a cheap shot artist and dangerous player in many NHL minds.
But the former No. 5 overall draft pick insists he has cleaned up his game during a season of largely trouble-free play with San Jose, his sixth team in six seasons.
"If he is going to miss some games, we're going to miss him," said Sharks forward Logan Couture, who thought the hit was clean from his on-ice viewpoint. "But it's an opportunity for other guys to step up the physical play and try to take over his role. We're going to support Raffi, and whatever happens, happens."
Kings forward Dustin Penner thought Torres' hit was objectionable mostly because it was unnecessary. He sees little comparison to the hit by Ottawa's Eric Gryba on Montreal center Lars Eller in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, resulting in a two-game suspension for a blow that left Eller with a concussion and a broken nose. Eller didn't return to the series as the Senators advanced.
"I think that hit (in Ottawa) was fine," Penner said. "I know some people don't, but it's a split-second decision. You guys can slow it down to .001 milliseconds, but he's got to make that hit, and this one (by Torres), he probably didn't need to make that hit. That's where I see the difference."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 4:35:28 AM EST|