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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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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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