Friday's Baker's Dozen - 2/24/2012
Time for my weekly Baker’s Dozen.
- The stats don't lie. Scoring first continues to be very important in the outcome of games. The Sharks are 21-4-2 and 5th in the NHL with a .778 win percentage when they score first. In 896 NHL games to date, the team that scores first has a record of 604-188-104.
67.4% win the game
79.01% get at least a point
- Slumps, while not fun, are important in the grand scheme of things. Slumps force a team to sit down and evaluate where they are, make everyone accountable, get everyone on the same page and ultimately gives the players an opportunity to respond. The Sharks used the Columbus loss to respond and they did so in impressive fashion with the 2-1 win over Toronto.
- Well Jeff Carter got what he wanted … out of Columbus. He never engaged the organization or community and BlueJacket fans will be better off with Jack Johnson on the roster. As for Carter, I don’t think they’ll miss him.
- The Washington Capitals are 5-9-3 in their last 17 games and are currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin is tied for 18th spot in the league with 24 goals, which is remarkable in that it didn't seem that long ago most hockey fans thought he was a shoe in for 50 goals a year. In 07/08 he scored 65, followed by seasons with 56 and 50 before dropping to 32 last year.
- The day after the 6-3 loss to Columbus, Joe Pavelski commented on how the team would get out of this slump. “It’s going to be tough to get out of this. We’re going to win a game 2-1 or 1-0 and it’s going to be one of those tight ones where somebody steps up and finds a way. You never quite know who it’s going to be, so that’s why we need everybody.”
- So Phoenix stays in Phoenix, and two teams join the NHL making it a 32-team league. Welcome back Quebec City and welcome Seattle. I'm not saying that it's going to happen, but sure makes alignment a lot easier. Plus, Quebec has the best chien chauds!
- In this weeks BakesTakes13 I take a look at 4 different plays the Sharks have used to score off the rush:
- Twitter 'Quote of the Week' courtesy of @MoveMeQuotes. "It's what you get from games you lose that is extremely important." -Pat Riley
- While the media and fans discuss all the trade rumors in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, it can be unsettling in some dressing rooms. Players will take the high road when asked about potential trade rumors but it's still a distraction if you think you might get traded. Are the rumors of San Jose being on the Rick Nash's list true, and if so, are there players on the Sharks roster who might be nervous because they don't want to leave San Jose? Trades are part of the business but never easy when just like that you have to pick up and move to a different city.
- Last weekend USA Hockey celebrated "Hockey Weekend Across America" in a wonderful tribute to the best sport on earth. This past week was the 32nd anniversary of 'The Miracle On Ice'. Here is the link to the entire game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmKQdxwBY6M. And in another great tribute for on-ice accomplishments, Tuesday, February 21 was the 20-year anniversary of Kristi Yamaguchi's Gold Medal at the Albertville, France Winter Olympics.
- Speaking of a great tribute to hockey, Sharks Ice is pleased to host two “Girl’s Only – Give Hockey a Try” sessions on March 3, 2012, at 9:45 am and 12:15 pm, at Sharks Ice San Jose. This is the second series of sessions held this season. Each session is one hour. All girls, ages 5 to 12, are invited to participate. All equipment is provided and the event is free.
- Logan Couture, since January 21, has 9 goals, 11 assists for 20 points in 15 games and has been one of the three stars of the game 5 times. Logan has 27 goals for the year which is tied for 9th in the NHL, 15 of those on the road.
It's fun watching Cooch play night in, night out because he lays it on the line and makes the players around him better. As good as his hands and hockey sense are, I like his compete factor the most which is going to be huge down the stretch and into the playoffs.
- A couple of scary moments in the Detroit game when a deflected puck hit Vlasic in the face and then a few minutes later Pavelski went down to block a shot and the puck hit him in the back of the head. It brought back a bad memory of when I was playing for the Leafs in a game at the famous Maple Leaf Gardens, against the Sharks no less.
While on the PK I went down to block a Greg Hawgood shot, mis-timed it and took the shot right in the temple area. I was out six weeks with a broken orbital, probably shouldn’t have come back at all that year and had migraines and post-concussion syndrome for a long time. Just glad Pickles and Pavs didn’t get it like I did!