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Friday's Baker's Dozen - 12/30/2011

Friday, 12.30.2011 / 10:23 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp
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Friday\'s Baker\'s Dozen - 12\/30\/2011


Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The Sharks have historically played better when they play more games and get into a good rhythm. Let’s hope history repeats itself because the 2012 portion of this schedule is the toughest I have ever seen. Sharks just played 34 games (21 at home) in 85 days or one game every 2.5 days. Now they have to play 48 games (28 on road) in 98 days or one game every 2.04 days. Wow! Here is the monthly breakdown for the remainder of the season.

    * January - 31 days, 14 games, 5 home, 9 away
    * February - 29 days, 14 games, 4 home, 10 away
    * March - 31 days, 17 games, 10 home, 7 away
    * April - 7 days, 3 games, 1 home, 2 away

    #ThankGoodnessIt’sALeapYear!!!

  2. If there was a Stanley Cup hangover then it didn’t last long. Boston and Vancouver combined for an 8-12-1 record in the month of October. Since then the top two teams from last season are a combined 38-9-2 (Boston 20-2-1).
    #ReplenishFluidsToGetRidOfHangover_Or_HaveABloodyMary!

  3. The Sharks have won the special teams (ST) battle seven times this year (more PP goals than PP goals against). They have tied the ST battle 15 times and lost it 12 times. Here are the records in each situation:

    * Win ST Battle 7x with a record of 6-1-0
    * Tie ST Battle 15x with a record of 6-5-4
    * Lose ST Battle 12x with a record of 7-5-0

    #PerfectTimeToGetThePPandPKgoing_Eh!

  4. 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

    #SoftHands+QuickRelease+DeadlyAccurate=LoganCouture

  5. 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.”
    #HonestAnalysisComesWithTheTerritory

  6. 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.
    #TimeToMakeTheNetsBigger?

  7. BakesTakes13 a look at McGinn’s top shelf goal against the Ducks on Dec 26. Good communication by White, a good D switch, strong backchecking and McGinn blowing the zone to create time and space for Handzus in the NZ all lead to this goal. Here is the video with slow motion and analysis:
    #TheLittleThingsAndHardWorkSurePayOff



  8. 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.”
    #WhyNotStart2012WithTheseTwoTeamsGoingAtIt?

  9. 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.
    #It’sPronounced’Wusta’ForYouNon-NewEnglandersOutThere

  10. Whenever I meet someone new and they find out I played professional hockey I usually get the question: “Do you have all your teeth?”. Well this past week I had to get a tooth pulled out that had a cap and previously had a root canal – injured from a crosscheck to the mouth. So to answer the question, yes a bunch of my teeth have been knocked out. I have two bridges in the front of my mouth, one upper, one lower because of a Randy Carlyle shot that knocked out all my front teeth.

    BakesTeeth

    #MyMomCriedWhenIGotAllMyFrontTeethKnockedOut

  11. Canucks center Ryan Kesler’s post game comments after the Canucks victory: “We didn’t get caught up in any of the whining and crying out there. We just stuck to our game plan and played, I think, a good hockey game. Obviously, they’re a good team. We focus on our game. We don’t really look at games as measuring sticks. For us, we want to focus on our game and just play that way. If we do that, most nights, we’re going to come out with a victory.”
    #AndThereYouHaveIt

  12. I was 9 years old in 1975 when I was hunkered down in front of the TV with my family on New Year’s Eve to watch one of the greatest games and ties, 3-3, in hockey history. Montreal fans today can only dream of a game like the one the great Soviet Red Army with Tretiak in net played against the powerhouse Montreal Canadiens:
    #CheckOutHowSmallTheGoaliesLook_AndTheyWereTheBestInTheWorldAtTheTime



  13. As 2011 comes to a close I would like to share two quotes that we all should keep in mind, especially after some of the tragedies the hockey world endured this past year.

    “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” - Greg Anderson
    “You should live every day like it’s your last because one day you are going to be right.” - Ray Charles

    #BringOn2012_HappyNewYear
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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