Friday's Baker's Dozen - 2/10/2012

Friday, 02.10.2012 / 1:08 PM PT
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
  1. The Sharks have seven games remaining against Eastern Conference teams, including four on the upcoming road trip. Here is how the Sharks have fared this year and the previous three seasons against the East and how their record ranks among Western Conference teams:

    2011-12: 8-3-0, 3rd (STL 11-0-2; COL 10-2-0)
    2010-11: 9-8-1, 12th
    2009-10: 12-4-2, T-2nd
    2008-09: 12-3-3, 1st
    #PhillyBostonAndBuffaloComingToHPPavilionInMarch

  2. It's that time of year to focus on the special teams trends instead of the percentage for the entire year. The Sharks PP success and PK struggles back in October are really irrelevant right now. Here are the totals for 5-game segments for the past 25 games:

    Last 5 PP: 5-13, 38.5%; PK: 8-10, 80.0%
    Last 10 PP: 7-24, 29.2%; PK: 17-20, 85.0%
    Last 15 PP: 11-42, 25.0%; PK: 24-28, 85.7%
    Last 20 PP: 12-60, 20.0%; PK: 40-47, 85.1%
    Last 25 PP: 16-75, 21.3%; PK: 51-61, 83.6%
    #GoodDisciplineToo_14MorePPOpportunitiesInLast25Games

  3. St. Louis started the season 6-7-0 before making a coaching change. Since then the Blues are 26-7-7 and one of the most impressive teams in the NHL. Sunday’s game against the Blues, who are 2-0-0 against the Sharks this year and 22-3-4 at home, should have a playoff feel to it.
    #TheyAreNotSingingTheBluesInSt.Louis

  4. When I analyze a hockey player I consider the following five attributes: compete level, hockey sense, skating, puck skills and size.
    #OwenNolanHadAllOfThem

  5. Todd McLellan on Ryan Clowe's leadership and presence in the Sharks lineup: "He’s a pretty passionate guy, and it rubs off on a lot of others. Sometimes it gets the better of him and he gets a little frustrated, but he’s a big man with good vision, can protect pucks, he’s not afraid of anything and will go into hard areas to play. When Clowie is involved he’s making other people better, and I think that’s a sign of a real good player.”
    #HonestAnalysisComesWithTheTerritory

  6. As we know the Sharks are about to head out for a nine-game, 16-day road trip. The total approximate miles for the trip are 9,514. However, assuming a schedule maker said, “You know what, a 16-day road trip is really long. We are going to try and make the travel make sense as the team goes from city to city."

    The Sharks could save 1,719 miles or cut off 18% of total travel. Currently the Sharks travel from SJ to STL, WAS, TB, CAR, DET, CBJ, TOR, NSH, MIN and back to SJ.
    #HowAbout_SJtoSTL_NSH_TB_CAR_WAS_CBJ_DET_TOR_MIN_BackToSJ

  7. As we saw in the stats in #2 the Sharks PP has been heating up lately. BakesTakes13 will analyze a perfectly executed PP goal last Saturday in Phoenix.
    #ShrinkTheIceToGetPossession_SpreadTheIceToMakeThePlay



  8. Quote of the week goes to Doug Wilson at Owen Nolan's Retirement Press Conference: "Owen is the type of player that opponents short-shifted."

    In other words, players took shorter shifts when Owen was out there because they didn't want to play against him.
    #HeWouldBeatYou_OnTheScoreboard_OrUp

  9. I want to give a shout out to my old teammate of three years at St. Lawrence University, Mike Mudd, aka Mudder, who continues to do a tremendous job for the Sharks AHL affiliate in Worcester. In his first year as President of the Worcester Sharks, Mudder won the 2010-11 James C. Hendry Award as the AHL’s outstanding executive.
    #HardWorkPaysOff_AndMudderIsAllAboutHardWork

  10. In a recent broadcast I mentioned that Justin Braun is very 'efficient', which is intended to be a very good compliment for a defenseman. Since his junior days at Green Bay of the USHL, to his four years at UMass-Amherst, to his time in Worcester and San Jose, Braun has steadily improved and adapted to every new level. His keen on-ice awareness, patience and quick stick have helped him become an NHL regular and an important player for the San Jose Sharks.
    #LikeACanOfTomatoSoup_YouKnowWhatYouAreGettingEveryNight

  11. In what order of importance do you consider the five attributes below for an elite hockey player? Tweet me your answer @Bakes_Jamie13:

    I. Compete Level
    II. Hockey Sense
    III. Puck Skills
    IV. Size
    V. Skating
    #SadlyIWasMissingACoupleOfThem

  12. As we head into the final stretch of the season, every detail of the game starts to matter more, as does the importance of special teams and goaltending.
    #NiemiTime

  13. I hope the NHL doesn’t lose the “Owen Nolan” type of player who was skilled, rugged and mean. People paid to watch him and he brought them out of the seats in many ways. Different personalities are mandatory in the best TV shows and I think they are just as needed in pro sports. Owen played with passion, emotion and was one of the best, if not the best, power forward during his time in the NHL. It was a pleasure and an honor to be his teammate in Quebec and San Jose.
    #CongratsOwenOnAnAmazingCareer
Find me on Twitter @Bakes_Jamie13

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 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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