Baker's Blog - 5/1/2013

Wednesday, 05.1.2013 / 10:02 AM PT
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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This is an important playoff series for both teams/organizations because someone will be getting bounced from the first round two years in a row, which means not meeting the high expectations that are set in both dressing rooms. The statistics from the regular season and the matchups have all the makings of a long, tough series. So in the end, what will push one to team victory and send the other to the golf course?

3 Keys to the Series

1. Goaltending

You need your goalie to be consistent, something Niemi has been all year for the Sharks, and not let in easy or soft game momentum changing goals. It's tough to rebound from a soft goal because it's so hard to score at this time of year. And it's nice if your goalie can steal a game or two. Look at Cup winners over the years and one thing is always front and center ... great goaltending.

2. Don't Be The First To Blink

Someone is going to make more mistakes and show they are frustrated. It could be in the form of taking penalties, turning the puck over, long shifts, or poor defensive coverage. Both teams will have momentum on their side at different junctures of each period and game, it's who handles the ebbs and flows of the game better that has the advantage in this series.

3. Special Teams

It's very difficult to score during the playoffs so special teams really comes to the forefront. The Sharks did not win the special teams battle two years ago against Vancouver and they did not do it last year against St. Louis. Winning the special teams battle will go a long way towards winning the series.



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
2 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
3 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
4 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
5 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
6 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
7 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Burns 6 2 8 1 10
L. Couture 6 3 5 0 8
J. Pavelski 6 5 2 1 7
J. Ward 6 1 5 2 6
J. Donskoi 6 2 2 -1 4
P. Marleau 6 1 3 0 4
T. Hertl 6 2 1 3 3
J. Thornton 6 1 2 1 3
M. Vlasic 6 0 2 4 2
M. Nieto 6 1 0 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 5 1 1 .917 2.15
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