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POSTED ON Friday, 02.24.2012 / 1:29 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The stats don't lie. Scoring first continues to be very important in the outcome of games. The Sharks are 21-4-2 and 5th in the NHL with a .778 win percentage when they score first. In 896 NHL games to date, the team that scores first has a record of 604-188-104.

    67.4% win the game
    79.01% get at least a point

  2. Slumps, while not fun, are important in the grand scheme of things. Slumps force a team to sit down and evaluate where they are, make everyone accountable, get everyone on the same page and ultimately gives the players an opportunity to respond. The Sharks used the Columbus loss to respond and they did so in impressive fashion with the 2-1 win over Toronto.

  3. Well Jeff Carter got what he wanted … out of Columbus. He never engaged the organization or community and BlueJacket fans will be better off with Jack Johnson on the roster. As for Carter, I don’t think they’ll miss him.

  4. The Washington Capitals are 5-9-3 in their last 17 games and are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin is tied for 18th spot in the league with 24 goals, which is remarkable in that it didn't seem that long ago most hockey fans thought he was a shoe in for 50 goals a year. In 07/08 he scored 65, followed by seasons with 56 and 50 before dropping to 32 last year.

  5. The day after the 6-3 loss to Columbus, Joe Pavelski commented on how the team would get out of this slump. “It’s going to be tough to get out of this. We’re going to win a game 2-1 or 1-0 and it’s going to be one of those tight ones where somebody steps up and finds a way. You never quite know who it’s going to be, so that’s why we need everybody.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.17.2012 / 1:14 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Joe Thornton, with his three assists against Washington, has now had three or more assists in a game 49 times in his career. That’s second among active players, with only Jaromir Jagr with 56, having done it more.

  2. Speaking of Joe, how about The Big Pavelski. In the 7 games prior to the Tampa game, Pavs has 5 goals, 5 assists, is +2 and has 26 shots. How important is Pavelski – check out these impressive stats:

    61.9 Faceoff % - 1st NHL
    22 Goals – T 21st NHL
    Plus 15 – T 21st NHL Forwards
    52 Takeaways – T 9th NHL
    55 Blocked Shots – T 9th NHL Forwards
    Road stats: 26 games, 11 goals, 13 assists, 24 points, +14

  3. The Sharks victory on Oct. 28 was important at the time, but looking back it’s downright impressive. That night the Sharks beat Detroit -- in Detroit no less -- by the score of 4-2. It was only one of two regulation losses the Wings have had all season at The Joe. The other was on Nov. 3 to Calgary. Since then they have set a new NHL record by winning 21 straight home games.

  4. Here is how the Sharks have fared this year when:

    Giving up 2 or less Goals. 29 times, 24-4-1, .845 points percentage
    Giving up 3 or more Goals, 25 times, 6-13-6, .360 points percentage
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.10.2012 / 4:08 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The Sharks have seven games remaining against Eastern Conference teams, including four on the upcoming road trip. Here is how the Sharks have fared this year and the previous three seasons against the East and how their record ranks among Western Conference teams:

    2011-12: 8-3-0, 3rd (STL 11-0-2; COL 10-2-0)
    2010-11: 9-8-1, 12th
    2009-10: 12-4-2, T-2nd
    2008-09: 12-3-3, 1st

  2. It's that time of year to focus on the special teams trends instead of the percentage for the entire year. The Sharks PP success and PK struggles back in October are really irrelevant right now. Here are the totals for 5-game segments for the past 25 games:

    Last 5 PP: 5-13, 38.5%; PK: 8-10, 80.0%
    Last 10 PP: 7-24, 29.2%; PK: 17-20, 85.0%
    Last 15 PP: 11-42, 25.0%; PK: 24-28, 85.7%
    Last 20 PP: 12-60, 20.0%; PK: 40-47, 85.1%
    Last 25 PP: 16-75, 21.3%; PK: 51-61, 83.6%

  3. St. Louis started the season 6-7-0 before making a coaching change. Since then the Blues are 26-7-7 and one of the most impressive teams in the NHL. Sunday’s game against the Blues, who are 2-0-0 against the Sharks this year and 22-3-4 at home, should have a playoff feel to it.

  4. When I analyze a hockey player I consider the following five attributes: compete level, hockey sense, skating, puck skills and size.
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POSTED ON Friday, 02.03.2012 / 11:28 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The Sharks are definitely ready for the stretch run and playoff hockey based on the number of 1-goal games they have played in this year. Heading into the Columbus game, 17 of the previous 22 games where decided by 1-goal. The Sharks record for 1-goal games this year is 13-8-6. While the record is important, it's the experience of being in close games that is needed, especially in the playoffs. In a seven game series, it's the team that finds a way to win the 1-goal games that usually wins the series.

  2. Congrats to Dan Boyle on playing in his 800th NHL game this past week. Boyler has beaten the odds because many people never thought he would make the NHL, let alone be a key contributor to winning the Stanley Cup and playing 800 games. Here are Dan's answers to:

    • Biggest obstacle to making the NHL? "People believing in me, especially because of my size"
    • Biggest influence? "My dad and Bill Davich (broadcaster with the BlueJackets) who convinced Florida to sign me"
    • Favorite player growing up? "Brian Leetch"
  3. #SometimesYouJustNeedSomeoneToBelieveInYou

  4. Congrats to Brent Burns on playing in his 500th NHL game this past week. Burns converted to defense when he turned pro, has played in one All-Star game and is the type of player that contributes in many ways and all situations. Here are Brent's answers to:

    • Biggest obstacle to making the NHL? "Having confidence, realizing I was good enough to play in this league"
    • Biggest Influence? "My dad"
    • Favorite player growing up? "Mark Messier and Steve Yzerman"
  5. #WatchBurnsFlourishAsHeHasGainedConfidenceAdjustingToSharkHockey

  6. Congrats to Douglas Murray on playing in this 400th NHL game this past week. The 'Crankshaft' is big, strong and very smart. It's not easy having the body of a middle linebacker trying to make the NHL in an age that better suits a smaller, faster player. Here are Douglas' answers to:

    • Biggest obstacle to making the NHL? "Skating"
    • Biggest influence? - "My grandfather"
    • Favorite player growing up? "Marcus Ragnuson (who used to play for the Sharks) and Scott Stevens"
  7. #ThereIsn'tAPlayerInTheLeagueThatWouldn'tWantTheCrankshaftOnTheirTeam

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.27.2012 / 3:00 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The All-Star Game is in my hometown of Ottawa and one of the great joys of an Ottawa winter is skating on the Ottawa Canal; The longest skating rink in the world. Click on the photo above to get a glimpse.

  2. March 20, April 5 and April 7. Mark those dates! They are the last 3 games between the Sharks and Kings.

  3. Todd McLellan who is in Ottawa representing the Western Conference as a coach in the All-Star Game just gets it. Just getting it meaning understanding hockey from a technical and tactical standpoint. His best asset aside from his incredible preparation is his ability to communicate and deal with people.

    • 179-77-37 Regular Season with San Jose
    • Sharks have been to the Conference Finals 3 times in their history, twice with McLellan
    • Won the Stanley Cup as an Assistant Coach in Detroit
    • Won the 2003 Calder Cup with Houston as the Head Coach

  4. Last year at the All-Star break, how many people picked Boston to win the Stanley Cup?

  5. Pavelski on the difference of losing to Vancouver in regulation or Edmonton in the Shootout, “A loss is a loss and it hurts either way.”
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POSTED ON Friday, 01.20.2012 / 3:01 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Hidden behind the two big trades with Minnesota this past summer were the acquisitions of Michal Handzus and Brad Winchester. Both have added tremendous depth to the Sharks roster, are built for the long grind of the playoffs because of their size and both have chipped in offensively.

    Handzus is a pro, especially the way he prepares for practices and games. In his four years in Los Angeles, he missed only one regular season game. Handzus, who has played 886 career NHL games, has chipped in 17 points this year, is plus-2 and has tremendous hockey sense. He's fun to do an iso-cam on, where you just watch one player for a shift, because he's never out of position.

  2. Brad Winchester has chipped in six goals this year and also provides tremendous leadership. All season long he has sat down with his linemates the day after each game and broken down video. Brett Heimlich is a video coach for the Sharks and he puts together all of the shifts of the Sharks fourth line and gives it to Winchester.

    Brad then sits down -- most of the year it's been with Andrew Desjardins and Andrew Murray -- and they go over things like forechecks (i.e. first man in forcing to one side), D-zone responsibilities (i.e. switches) and any other positional or situational event that happened during the previous game.

  3. At 32 years old, Patty Marleau hasn't slowed down and his importance and value to the team can be seen in how he fares when the Sharks win or lose:

    In 26 wins: 14 goals, 17 assists for 31 points, +17
    In 18 losses: 3 goals, 2 assists for 5 points, -7
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POSTED ON Friday, 01.13.2012 / 12:55 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Through games played on Thursday, Jan. 12, the top five teams in the NHL based on points percentage are:

    1. Boston .713
    2. NY Rangers .707
    3. Philadelphia .667
    4. San Jose .663
    5. Vancouver .656

  2. Last year the Pacific Division was the best division in hockey with four teams making the playoffs (would have been all five teams had Dallas won their 82nd game on the final day of the season). This year the Atlantic will be fun to watch down the stretch, but the Central is going to be a wild race to see who ends on top and gets a guaranteed Top 3 seed in the West. The next four teams from a points percentage standpoint are from the Central Division:

    6. St. Louis .651
    7. Chicago .648
    8. Detroit .640
    9. Nashville .605
    10. Ottawa .600

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.06.2012 / 4:33 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. I expect one of the Big Six to represent the West in the Stanley Cup this upcoming June. Here is how these teams have fared against each other so far in head-to-head matchups this season.

    San Jose - 6-4-2, 58.3% (2-0-0 vs DET and 1-1-1 vs VAN)
    St. Louis - 7-5-0, 58.3% (Five of the games ended in shutouts, 3W's and 2L's)
    Chicago - 5-4-0, 55.5% (Have five games remaining against DET, currently 1-0 against them)
    Los Angeles - 5-5-1, 50.0% (2-0-1 with Sutter as Head Coach)
    Vancouver - 5-5-1, 50.0% (1-1 against CHI, DET, LA; 2-0-1 vs SJ and 0-2-0 vs STL)
    Detroit - 5-6-0, 45.5% (0-2-0 against nemesis Sharks, but 2-0 against LA)


  2. The Sharks victory at Joe Louis Arena earlier this year (4-2 W on Oct. 28) is looking more and more impressive. The Red Wings have won 12 straight home games (14-2-1 for the year), all in regulation and are outscoring opponents 57-17 in that span (yes, 57-17, it's not a typo). Their only other home loss in regulation this year came at the hands of the Flames and they lost in OT to Minnesota.

  3. Vancouver leads the NHL in points by defensemen with 99. The rest of the top five in the NHL are: Toronto (98), Ottawa (97), Florida (93) and Colorado (89). The Sharks currently rank 21st with 66 points by their defensemen, however I can see the Sharks D moving up in this category based on recent play. The defense has had a point on 11 of the 19 Sharks goals in the past seven games. Boyle is playing with more confidence while Burns is showing that's he more comfortable with the new system and teammates - it's takes time. Braun and Demers have picked up some points lately too.
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POSTED ON Friday, 12.30.2011 / 10:23 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Logan Couture, if fans haven’t figured out yet, is a natural goal scorer. He has a knack for scoring big goals, something that you really can’t teach. Here is a look at his games, goals and how many games it takes him to score, from his Junior days to playing in the NHL both regular season and playoffs.

    * Ottawa 67s Regular – 232 games – 111 goals – 1 goal per 2.09 games
    * Ottawa 67s Playoffs – 22 games – 9 goals – 1 goal per 2.44 games
    * Worcester Regular – 46 games – 20 goals – 1 goal per 2.3 games
    * Worcester Playoffs – 12 games – 2 goals – 1 goal per 6.0 games
    * Sharks Regular – 138 games – 53 goals – 1 goal per 2.6 games
    * Sharks Playoffs – 33 games – 11 goals – 1 goal per 3.0 games


  2. Joe Thornton, after the Sharks lost 3-2 to the Ducks: “There were a couple of bad turnovers. Mine in the second was pretty bad. Those kinds of things are going to cost you games. You hear it all the time. It’s a 3-2 league and we just couldn’t get the third goal.”

  3. If the NHL is really becoming a 3-2 league, should there be concern at the league office? That means goal scoring is down again as goalies are better than ever, and so is the coaching. And increasing the size of the rink IS NOT the answer.

  4. Quote of the week goes to Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault after the Canucks 3-2 OT victory on Dec. 28: “Every year is a different year. Every game is a different game. The Sharks are a real good team; they’re one of the best in the NHL. We consider ourselves one of the good teams and every game so far has been really hard fought.”

  5. The Worcester Sharks are having a phenomenal month of December. While they still have 2 more games in the month, on the 30th and 31st, they are currently 9-2-1 in the 12 games they have played. Even more impressive is the fact they are 6-1-1 in 8 road games during this streak.
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POSTED ON Friday, 12.23.2011 / 1:03 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. Win the first battle, be a good defensive team, be strong 5-on-5 and your winning percentage will benefit. These rankings for the Sharks are in the following order; NHL, Western Conference, Pacific Division:

    Winning Percentage: .629 (9th, 6th, 1st)
    5-on-5 GF/GA differential: 1.50 (T3rd, T2nd, 1st)
    Goal Against per game: 2.42 (9th, 6th, 1st)
    Face-off Percentage: 54.0 (2nd, 1st, 1st)


  2. NHL coaches all have a ton of pressure and are expected to win. 'Tout le monde est dans le meme bateau' is French for 'Everyone is in the same boat', except if you coach in Montreal because the fans, apparently, expect the HC to also speak multiple languages.

  3. When it comes to special teams, at a minimum, you would like the PP and PK percentages to add up to 100%. Consider that the break-even mark. Currently 16 teams have a combined PP+PK percentage over 100. Here are the top five and bottom five in the NHL:

    1. Vancouver 112.4
    2. Boston 107.2
    3. Pittsburgh 106.3
    4. New Jersey 105.9
    5. Edmonton 104.0

    26. Toronto 94.8
    27. San Jose 94.1
    28. St. Louis 91.8
    29. Carolina 91.6
    30. Columbus 89.7


  4. Guy Boucher, after his team lost 7-2 to the Sharks. “We always think that when your leader (Marty St. Louis) is coming back its going to help your team but one guy is not going to make much a difference when you (have) got everybody so soft. That’s probably the best team we’ve seen this year.”
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1 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 NSH 22 15 5 2 62 45 32
3 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 24 14 8 2 75 64 30
6 LAK 23 12 6 5 64 53 29
7 CHI 22 13 8 1 66 46 27
8 WPG 24 12 9 3 51 54 27
9 MIN 21 12 9 0 58 48 24
10 SJS 24 10 10 4 62 66 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
13 COL 23 8 10 5 59 73 21
14 EDM 23 6 14 3 51 78 15


J. Thornton 24 7 13 1 20
J. Pavelski 24 9 10 3 19
L. Couture 24 8 11 -1 19
B. Burns 24 7 12 -7 19
P. Marleau 24 6 12 -5 18
T. Wingels 24 6 5 -3 11
T. Hertl 24 4 6 -1 10
M. Nieto 23 1 6 -1 7
J. Braun 24 0 7 8 7
M. Vlasic 24 2 4 10 6
A. Stalock 2 2 1 .925 2.38
A. Niemi 7 7 3 .917 2.49
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