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Baker's Blog - 5/1/2013

Wednesday, 05.01.2013 / 1:02 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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Baker\'s Blog - 5\/1\/2013

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 32 22 9 1 100 64 45
3 STL 32 21 9 2 98 78 44
4 NSH 30 20 8 2 81 59 42
5 SJS 33 18 11 4 94 85 40
6 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
7 VAN 31 18 11 2 89 88 38
8 LAK 33 16 11 6 90 82 38
9 CGY 34 17 15 2 98 92 36
10 MIN 30 16 12 2 86 78 34
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 31 10 13 8 78 99 28
13 ARI 31 11 16 4 72 100 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Couture 33 13 15 4 28
J. Thornton 33 8 20 3 28
J. Pavelski 33 15 12 4 27
P. Marleau 33 7 20 -2 27
B. Burns 33 9 16 -1 25
T. Wingels 33 9 14 1 23
T. Hertl 33 7 7 -2 14
J. Braun 33 1 11 7 12
J. Sheppard 27 4 6 0 10
M. Nieto 26 3 6 0 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 4 3 1 .926 2.12
A. Niemi 13 7 3 .918 2.45
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