|Western Conference Finals - Best of 7 - Game 3 - Series tied at 1-1|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||23-24-0||-6.5||23-24||-6.5||25-20||3.3||32.9||3.5||29.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.8||3-2||+0.8||3-2||3.2||27.8||2.8||26.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98||340||118||102||110||10||17||3203||10.6%||300||68||22.7%||585|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||47||153||54||47||47||5||4||1548||9.9%||143||32||22.4%||264|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||4||9||3||0||1||139||11.5%||15||2||13.3%||26|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||16||51||16||16||17||2||5||495||10.3%||59||11||18.6%||84|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||311||98||102||101||10||17||2816||11.0%||292||55||18.8%||521|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||163||47||54||57||5||8||1407||11.6%||154||31||20.1%||270|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||6||4||1||0||133||10.5%||15||0||0.0%||25|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||50||13||18||18||1||2||493||10.1%||58||10||17.2%||89|
|AARON DELL (All Games)||27||20||649||574||88.4%||4||9-11||-5.5||9-11-0||-4||14-6|
|AARON DELL (Road Games)||18||14||451||394||87.4%||2||6-8||-3.6||6-8-0||-3||11-3|
|AARON DELL (Last 4 Games)||4||2||92||80||87.0%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|AARON DELL (Playoff Games)||2||0||36||31||86.1%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MARTIN JONES (All Games)||78||78||2154||1935||89.8%||2||47-32||-3.2||47-32-0||-1||43-32|
|MARTIN JONES (Road Games)||33||33||949||851||89.7%||2||17-16||-2.9||17-16-0||-2||14-17|
|MARTIN JONES (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||98||88.3%||0||2-2||-0.2||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|MARTIN JONES (Playoff Games)||16||16||455||412||90.5%||1||10-7||+2.6||10-7-0||+3||11-5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||27-21-0||-2.1||27-21||-2.1||22-23||3.1||32.3||3.0||28.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.8||3-2||+0.8||2-2||2.8||34.8||2.4||26.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||97||288||94||88||96||10||12||3079||9.4%||284||57||20.1%||488|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||48||151||58||41||46||6||7||1551||9.7%||148||28||18.9%||251|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||4||5||1||0||174||8.0%||16||0||0.0%||25|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||15||41||11||9||20||1||0||475||8.6%||47||7||14.9%||73|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||264||73||90||91||10||16||2775||9.5%||266||51||19.2%||437|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||142||42||43||54||3||6||1364||10.4%||119||28||23.5%||241|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||5||6||1||0||1||131||9.2%||10||2||20.0%||17|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||41||15||14||11||1||2||430||9.5%||34||8||23.5%||68|
|JAKE ALLEN (All Games)||46||45||1277||1156||90.5%||2||19-26||-10||19-26-0||-11||22-21|
|JAKE ALLEN (Home Games)||21||20||525||461||87.8%||0||8-12||-7.5||8-12-0||-8||14-5|
|JAKE ALLEN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||110||92.4%||1||1-3||-4.7||1-3-0||-5||2-2|
|JAKE ALLEN (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JORDAN BINNINGTON (All Games)||48||46||1259||1156||91.8%||1||33-13||+15.8||33-13-0||+16||18-23|
|JORDAN BINNINGTON (Home Games)||25||23||657||604||91.9%||1||17-6||+7.1||17-6-0||+7||7-14|
|JORDAN BINNINGTON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||103||94||91.3%||0||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|JORDAN BINNINGTON (Playoff Games)||16||16||452||408||90.3%||0||9-7||+0.3||9-7-0||0||8-6|
|VILLE HUSSO (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|VILLE HUSSO (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|VILLE HUSSO (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 3.08, ST LOUIS 3.14|
|4/18/2019||VEGAS||5-2||W||0, -115||W||6.5 un||O|
|4/21/2019||at VEGAS||2-1||W||0, +170||W||6 ov||U|
|4/23/2019||VEGAS||5-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||O|
|4/26/2019||COLORADO||5-2||W||0, -135||W||6 ov||O|
|4/28/2019||COLORADO||3-4||L||0, -155||L||6 un||O|
|4/30/2019||at COLORADO||4-2||W||0, +100||W||6 ov||P|
|5/2/2019||at COLORADO||0-3||L||0, +110||L||6 ov||U|
|5/4/2019||COLORADO||2-1||W||0, -145||W||6 ev||U|
|5/6/2019||at COLORADO||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 ov||O|
|5/8/2019||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -150||W||5.5 ov||U|
|5/11/2019||ST LOUIS||6-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 un||O|
|5/13/2019||ST LOUIS||2-4||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||O|
|5/15/2019||at ST LOUIS|| |
|5/17/2019||at ST LOUIS|| |
|5/19/2019||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/18/2019||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/20/2019||WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/25/2019||DALLAS||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5 un||P|
|4/27/2019||DALLAS||2-4||L||0, -140||L||5 un||O|
|4/29/2019||at DALLAS||4-3||W||0, +100||W||5 un||O|
|5/1/2019||at DALLAS||2-4||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|5/3/2019||DALLAS||1-2||L||0, -145||L||5 ov||U|
|5/5/2019||at DALLAS||4-1||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||P|
|5/7/2019||DALLAS||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|5/11/2019||at SAN JOSE||3-6||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|5/13/2019||at SAN JOSE||4-2||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||O|
|5/15/2019||SAN JOSE|| |
|5/17/2019||SAN JOSE|| |
|5/19/2019||at SAN JOSE|| |
|SAN JOSE: LAST SEASON: 45-27-10, 100 points. Third place in Pacific Division. |
LOST to Vegas Golden Knights in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Peter DeBoer (fourth season, 11th NHL season).
ADDED: D Erik Karlsson, F Antti Suomela, F Rourke Chartier.
LOST: F Chris Tierney, D Dylan DeMelo, F Mikkel Boedker, F Eric Fehr, F Joel Ward, F Jannik Hansen, D Paul Martin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Karlsson. The Sharks
ADDED the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman on the eve of training camp in a blockbuster move. Karlsson is an elite playmaker and defenseman and should provide a major boost to San Jose on the power play, as well as five-on-five play.
OUTLOOK: Ever since acquiring Joe Thornton in general manager Doug Wilson's first blockbuster trade back in 2005, the Sharks have viewed themselves as Stanley Cup contenders almost every season. That is clearly the case this year after adding Karlsson to a defensive unit that already featured 2016 Norris winner Brent Burns and shut-down defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The Sharks are potentially thin at center and will need a healthy season from Thornton at age 39 after two straight years with major knee injuries in order to challenge for the Cup.
|ST LOUIS: LAST SEASON: 44-32-6, 94 points. Finished fourth in Central Division, one point shy of a playoff spot.
COACH: Mike Yeo (second full season, eighth NHL season).
ADDED: C Ryan O'Reilly, C Tyler Bozak, F David Perron, F Patrick Maroon, G Chad Johnson.
LOST: F Vladimir Sobotka, F Patrik Berglund, F Tage Thompson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ryan O'Reilly. St. Louis was active this offseason, highlighted by a blockbuster trade with Buffalo that netted the skilled O'Reilly. The 27-year-old center had 24 goals and 37 assists in his final season with the lowly Sabres. Playing for the refurbished Blues, he could be headed for a big year.
OUTLOOK: Loaded. The addition of O'Reilly, Bozak, Perron and Maroon should create a deep set of lines, and captain Alex Pietrangelo remains one of the NHL's top defensemen. The most pressing concern for St. Louis just might be the health of high-scoring winger Vladimir Tarasenko, who is coming back from April surgery on his left shoulder.
|Sharks face familiar scenario in Game 3 at St. Louis|
The comforting factor for the San Jose Sharks is they've been here before. "Been there, done that" always provides a calming feeling for professional athletes.
What remains to be seen is where the journey goes from this point.
As the Sharks prepare to visit the St. Louis Blues for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Wednesday night, it's with a sense of deja vu. In all three of their Stanley Cup playoff sets this year, the Sharks opened with a big victory but dropped Game 2 with a disappointing performance.
"The one thing I take comfort in is our character, our ability to bounce back and ability to recognize what we've got to fix it," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said after his team's 4-2 loss in Game 2. "We've done that the entire playoffs.
"Hey, this isn't going to be easy. It's not supposed to be easy. We're down to the last four teams. Look at their record since January, and they're the best team in hockey."
In the opening round of the postseason, the Sharks fell behind the Vegas Golden Knights three games to one before winning three in a row -- capped by a one-for-the-ages comeback in Game 7, when they erased a three-goal, third-period deficit and won in overtime.
Their second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche was a win-one, lose-one clash in which the Sharks won every odd-numbered game, the benefit of home-ice advantage.
San Jose's experience is on the plus side of the ledger, but there are some disturbing elements in play right now, too. The biggest is the lack of offensive production from their depth players. Sure, the top two lines are producing -- especially Logan Couture -- but their bottom six forwards, especially the third line of Joe Thornton, Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc, have gone missing.
"I don't think we've played up to our capabilities in a while now," said Couture, who leads the league in playoff goals (13) and points (19). "We did just enough to beat the Avalanche, but we haven't played our best hockey since that Vegas series. It's discouraging. It's frustrating because we're going to need everyone here if we're going to beat these guys, because they're a very good hockey team."
Yet, it's the Blues who are receiving depth production these days, while many of their big guns -- notably Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko -- are misfiring, a big reason St. Louis is 1-for-26 on the power play over the past eight games.
"That's how we're built," Schenn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It's kinda been like that all year, whether the back end's scoring or guys are stepping up. We didn't have too many 20-goal scorers, and we had 99 points on the season."
The most consistent producer for the Blues has been Jaden Schwartz, who netted just 11 goals in a disappointing regular season but has a team-high nine in the playoffs.
"It's definitely the funnest time of the year," Schwartz said. "I had some struggles earlier that I haven't really had before, but once playoff starts ... I don't know (if) you just embrace the games, have fun with it. I don't really try to think too much about it."
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 12/8/2019 8:34:35 PM EST|