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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 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 49 25 18 9 43
L. Couture 49 18 25 4 43
J. Thornton 45 10 29 0 39
B. Burns 49 11 25 -5 36
P. Marleau 49 10 25 -8 35
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
T. Hertl 49 8 11 -1 19
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
M. Vlasic 48 6 10 15 16
J. Sheppard 43 5 10 -1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 11 5 .911 2.58
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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