|55||SAN JOSE||-130||Ov 5.5,+100||-130||Ov 5,-140|
|56||MONTREAL||+110||Un 5.5,-120||+110||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-2-0||+0.3||3-2||+0.3||2-3||3.0||33.8||1.8||25.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.3||3-2||+0.3||3-2||3.4||35.2||2.2||23.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||41||14||13||13||1||4||388||10.6%||48||11||22.9%||69|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5||15||6||4||4||1||2||169||8.9%||19||3||15.8%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||6||5||5||1||2||176||9.7%||25||6||24.0%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||18||5||6||6||1||1||232||7.8%||30||4||13.3%||32|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||9||1||4||3||1||1||125||7.2%||11||0||0.0%||16|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||1||4||5||1||1||118||9.3%||16||1||6.2%||19|
|ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)||10||10||232||215||92.7%||0||8-2||+5.2||8-2-0||+5||4-5|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)||5||5||125||117||93.6%||0||3-2||+0.3||3-2-0||0||2-3|
|ANTTI NIEMI(vs. Non-Conference)||4||4||84||78||92.9%||0||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)||4||4||91||83||91.2%||0||2-2||-0.8||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALEX STALOCK(vs. Non-Conference)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-3-0||-1.9||3-3||-1.9||3-3||3.3||32.2||2.5||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.5||3-2||-0.5||2-3||3.2||29.4||2.0||34.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||33||12||7||14||0||3||318||10.4%||43||11||25.6%||53|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6||20||9||3||8||0||1||193||10.4%||30||6||20.0%||32|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||8||3||5||0||2||147||10.9%||22||5||22.7%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||20||4||9||7||0||0||324||6.2%||41||7||17.1%||33|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||15||2||6||7||0||0||195||7.7%||28||5||17.9%||25|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||1||4||5||0||0||170||5.9%||19||3||15.8%||18|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||1||1||28||27||96.4%||0||1-0||+1.1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||28||27||96.4%||0||1-0||+1.1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||1||1||28||27||96.4%||0||1-0||+1.1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||9||9||296||277||93.6%||0||5-4||-1.2||5-4-0||-1||3-6|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||6||6||195||180||92.3%||0||3-3||-1.9||3-3-0||-2||3-3|
|CAREY PRICE(vs. Non-Conference)||6||6||202||191||94.6%||0||3-3||-1.8||3-3-0||-2||1-5|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||134||124||92.5%||0||2-2||-1.5||2-2-0||-2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN JOSE 3.3, MONTREAL 2.86|
|10/3/2013||VANCOUVER||4-1||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||P|
|10/5/2013||PHOENIX||4-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/8/2013||NY RANGERS||9-2||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||O|
|10/10/2013||at VANCOUVER||4-1||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/12/2013||OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -180||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/15/2013||at ST LOUIS||6-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||O|
|10/17/2013||at DALLAS||3-4||L||0, -170||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/19/2013||CALGARY||6-3||W||0, -285||W||5.5 ov||O|
|10/21/2013||at DETROIT||1-0||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/24/2013||at BOSTON||1-2||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||U|
|10/26/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|10/27/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|10/30/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|10/1/2013||TORONTO||3-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/5/2013||PHILADELPHIA||4-1||W||0, -130||W||6 un||U|
|10/9/2013||at CALGARY||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||U|
|10/10/2013||at EDMONTON||4-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|10/12/2013||at VANCOUVER||4-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/15/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-0||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|10/17/2013||COLUMBUS||5-3||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||O|
|10/19/2013||NASHVILLE||1-2||L||0, -165||L||5 ov||U|
|10/22/2013||EDMONTON||3-4||L||0, -190||L||5.5 un||O|
|10/24/2013||ANAHEIM||4-1||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||U|
|10/26/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|10/28/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|11/1/2013||at MINNESOTA|| |
|11/2/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|11/5/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|SAN JOSE: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Preparations for the upcoming campaign started early for the San Jose Sharks when they retooled their roster before last season's trade deadline.
A strong finish last spring, followed by a playoff run that ended in Game 7 of the second round, proved to the Sharks that those changes that made the team faster and more aggressive worked.
Now they hope that new identity carries over to this season and is just the right tonic to help one of the league's top regular-season teams over the past decade take that next step and make it to the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.
|MONTREAL: MONTREAL (AP) - As Montreal embarks on a season laced with expectations, most around the NHL are confused by just what this bunch is.
Are the Canadiens the team that won 13 of their first 20 games on their way to the franchise's 22nd division title last season, and first since 2007-08? Or are they the team that lost six of their last 10 regular-season games and were eliminated from the playoffs in five games by the Ottawa Senators?
The talent is certainly still in place, but the trek will be tough. Montreal, in the reconfigured NHL, is in the difficult Atlantic Division with the likes of Boston, Ottawa, Toronto and Detroit. All of those teams made the playoffs last season, and the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.
Montreal opens vs. Toronto on Oct. 1.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (SAN JOSE-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sharks-Canadiens Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
San Jose (8-1-1) at Montreal (6-4-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The San Jose Sharks got off to the NHL's best start behind a high-powered offense, but goals have been hard to come by on the first two stops of a long trip.
They'll try to re-ignite their scoring Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens, who are 10-2-0 with two ties in the all-time series at home while limiting the Sharks to 1.8 goals per game.
San Jose (8-1-1) was the league's final team to suffer a regulation loss when it fell 2-1 at Boston on Thursday.
David Krejci tipped in the winner with 0.8 seconds remaining against Antti Niemi, negating a 39-17 advantage in shots for the Sharks, including a 16-3 edge in the first period alone.
"Their goalie played well tonight and made a lot of key saves for them," said Patrick Marleau, who scored his team-leading eighth goal.
San Jose leads the league with an average shot differential of plus-15.6, twice as large as most teams' average margins. Montreal's average differential is minus-0.6.
The Sharks were scoreless on 27 shots in a 1-0 shootout victory in Detroit on Monday after scoring on 12.1 percent of their shots through the first eight games. They had totaled 39 goals, including 11 on 44 power-play opportunities, but are scoreless on four chances to start a season high-tying five-game trip.
Montreal has gone 2-2-0 on a season-high five-game homestand, bouncing back from consecutive defeats with a 4-1 win over Anaheim on Thursday.
Tomas Plekanec, Michael Bournival, Brian Gionta and Rene Bourque scored to knock off former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu in what was perhaps his final game in Montreal.
Plekanec has four goals and three assists in the last four games, and he's scored three times in five career matchups against San Jose.
"We didn't let up," Gionta said after his team claimed a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes. "We knew they were going to have a push. We absorbed it and kept the momentum."
The Canadiens (6-4-0) had suffered their first back-to-back losses, the first of which - 2-1 against Nashville last Saturday - saw Brandon Prust and Daniel Briere suffer injuries. It's unclear when Briere (concussion) will return, while Prust (shoulder) isn't expected to be back until next month along with Max Pacioretty (hamstring).
Bournival's emergence has helped neutralize those absences, with Thursday's goal marking his second of the season. The 21-year-old rookie has five points in his last four games and owns a plus-5 rating on the season after not registering a point through his first three contests.
"The more he plays, the more confidence we have in his play," coach Michel Therrien said. "He's creating good plays with his intensity and his speed. He skates really well. He competes."
Neither team's top goaltender has been particularly successful against the other squad. Carey Price is 1-2-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average in four starts versus San Jose, and Niemi split two matchups with the Canadiens while recording an .882 save percentage.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 1:40:37 AM EST|