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Game Inside the Game - 5/13/2013

WCSF Game 1: Sharks @ Kings

Monday, 05.13.2013 / 4:09 PM PT / News
By Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer
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Game Inside the Game - 5\/13\/2013


The San Jose Sharks get set to take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 in the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday at 10pm. Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on CSNCA-HD / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.

Before each game day, sjsharks.com will take a look at the “Game inside the Game” as the Sharks continue their quest toward the Stanley Cup. Line matchups, player vs. player battles, head-to-head stats, and key figures highlighted each game day.

Before Game 1, let’s take a closer look at the special teams for the Sharks and the Kings.

SPECIAL TEAMS

We hear it all the time….Special teams can make or break a team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Sharks were quite impressive in Round 1 vs. the Canucks. Let’s take a closer look at the Sharks/Kings power play and penalty kill heading into Game 1 in LA.

Sharks Regular Season:

  • PP in regular season: 20.1% - 8th in NHL (3-for-8 vs. the Kings this season)
  • PK in regular season: 85.0% - 6th in NHL
  • The Sharks combined PP and PK = 105.1% - the 3rd best in the NHL (behind only Philadelphia and Toronto)
  • The Sharks had a much better power play at home (25.6%) than on the road (14.9%).
  • San Jose scored three shorthanded goals (Marleau, Wingels, and Burish) and allowed four.

Sharks Playoffs:

  • PP in playoffs: 29.2% - 2nd in NHL (7-for-24 in Round 1 vs. Canucks)
  • PK in playoffs : 80.0% - 9th in NHL (8-for-10 in Round 1 vs. Canucks)
  • The Sharks combined PP and PK in the playoffs = 109.2%
  • The Sharks have a much better power play at home (40.0%) than on the road (11.1%) in the playoffs.

Kings Regular Season:

  • PP in regular season: 19.9% – 10th in NHL (2-for-8 vs. the Sharks this season)
  • PK in regular season: 83.2% – 10th in NHL
  • The Kings combined PP and PK = 103.1%
  • The Kings penalty kill was 9.5% better on home ice (88.6%) than on the road (79.1%)
  • Los Angeles scored two shorthanded goals (Stoll, Lewis) and allowed one.

Kings Playoffs:

  • PP in playoffs: 13.3% - 12th in NHL (2-for-15 in Round 1 vs. Blues)
  • PK in playoffs : 88.2% - 4th in AHL (15-for-17 in Round 1 vs. Blues)
  • The Kings combined PP and PK in the playoffs = 101.5%
  • The Kings have not scored a home power play goal in the playoffs (0-for-7).

Team Leaders:

Top 5 Sharks on the PP in the regular season and playoffs:

Couture – 7 power play goals + 3 postseason playoff goals = 10

Pavelski – 5 power play goals + 3 postseason playoff goals = 8

Marleau – 6 power play goals +1 postseason playoff goal = 7

Boyle – 5 power play goals

Irwin – 4 power play goals

Top 5 Kings on the PP in the regular season and playoffs:

Carter – 8 power play goals + 1 postseason playoff goal = 9

Brown – 8 power play goals + 1 postseason playoff goal = 9

Richards – 6 power play goals

Doughty – 3 power play goals

Muzzin – 3 power play goals

Did You Know?:

*Trivia Time… the Sharks are now 121-for-807 all time on the power play (14.99%) and 584-for-724 on the penalty kill (80.6%) in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

*Remember When… In the only other playoff meeting between the Sharks and the Kings (San Jose won 4-2 in Western Quarter Final in 2011), the Kings had the upper hand on the special teams.

  • San Jose went 2-for-23 on the PP (8.69%) – Ryan Clowe had both power play goals
  • LA went 5-for-24 on the PP (20.8%)

*20... Patrick Marleau is the Sharks all-time leader with 21 power play goals in the playoffs with Joe Pavelski 2nd with 11 power play markers. Marleau is also tops in shorthanded goals with four.

Advantage goes to….

PP – San Jose

The Sharks PP was lights out at the HP Pavilion in Round 1 vs. the Canucks (6 power play goals in two games). Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski each had three power play goals in the first round vs. the undisciplined Canucks. The Sharks will not get nearly as many chances vs. the LA Kings in Round 2.

The Kings power play ranked 10th in the regular season (19.9%) and were led by Jeff Carter (8 ppg) and Dustin Brown (8 ppg) – but ran up against a very tough Blues penalty kill and scored just twice on 15 chances in Round 1. The Sharks power play has the advantage headed into Round 2.

PK – TIE

The Sharks were extremely disciplined in Round 1 and allowed only 10 power play chances against to the Canucks… but did allow two goals. Antti Niemi made some HUGE saves when the Sharks were shorthanded against Vancouver… who had struggles on the PP all season. The Kings had the 10th ranked PK in the regular season and were almost perfect in the first round vs. the Blues (15-for-17). Defensemen Keaton Ellerby (2:43) and Drew Doughty (2:34) led all Kings on average shorthanded ice time in the first round and should get the majority of the workload vs. the Sharks.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Sharks outscored the Canucks 7-2 in special teams play in Round 1 to sweep Vancouver 4-0. The Kings are a much more disciplined team and the penalty kill is a lot more aggressive. Los Angeles will look to keep the play 5-on-5 during this series, especially at HP Pavilion. If the Sharks can mirror their first round special team’s success and carry it into round two vs. LA, San Jose will be in great shape in this series. But, 2012 Conn Smythe winning goaltender Jonathan Quick might have other ideas as the Sharks look to pile up more power play goals in the playoffs. Word to the wise for both teams… stay out of the box and bury your power play chances. Special teams will be a focal point in this evenly matched series.

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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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