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McLellan to be Franchise Leader in Games Coached

Thursday, 02.6.2014 / 11:43 AM PT / News
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SAN JOSE, CA – Tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Head Coach Todd McLellan will coach his 435th game behind the Sharks bench, making him the franchise’s all-time leader in games coached, surpassing Darryl Sutter (434 games).

McLellan is already the franchise’s leader in wins (256), winning percentage (.590) and points percentage (.652).

Since being named head coach of the Sharks on June 12, 2008, McLellan has posted a 256-124-54 record, the third-best points percentage of any NHL team in that span (behind only Chicago and Pittsburgh). Under his leadership, the Sharks have posted four 40-plus win seasons, had three 100-point seasons, captured a Presidents’ Trophy (2009), three Pacific Division titles and made back-to-back appearances in the Western Conference Final (2010, 2011) while playing in ten Stanley Cup Playoff rounds.

In his first four seasons as an NHL head coach (2008-2012), McLellan notched more wins than any other coach in League history (195). He posted the second-most wins (236) in his first 400 games of any NHL coach in League history (Bruce Boudreau, 238) and was the second-fastest coach in NHL history to reach 250 wins (424 games, behind Boudreau; 416 games). Furthermore, he became the second-fastest NHL coach to win 200 games.

In his first season as an NHL head coach (2008-09), McLellan was named as a finalist for the Jack Adams Trophy and became just the sixth rookie NHL coach (and first since 1990) to lead his team to the Presidents’ Trophy for the best overall regular season record (53-18-11). Only Tom Johnson’s 1970-71 Boston Bruins won more home games (33) than McLellan’s Sharks (32) and the team’s 53 wins placed him tied for second behind Johnson (57 wins) for most overall coaching wins by a rookie head coach. In addition, McLellan’s .713 points percentage ranks third all-time among first year bench bosses with at least 80 games coached.

He has twice been tabbed to serve as head coach for one of the NHL’s All-Star Squads (2012-Team Alfredsson; 2009-Western Conference).

Prior to joining San Jose, McLellan spent three seasons as an assistant coach under Mike Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings. During that span, no NHL team won more games (162) or earned more standings points (352) than Detroit. One of McLellan’s key responsibilities was working with the Red Wings power play, which finished third in the NHL in 2007-08 (20.7) and first in 2005-06 (22.1).

In his eight seasons coaching in the NHL with San Jose and Detroit, McLellan’s teams have won one Stanley Cup (2008 with Detroit), three Presidents’ Trophies (2006 and 2008 with Detroit – finishing second overall in 2007, tying the Buffalo Sabres for first in points (113) but having three fewer wins – and 2009 with San Jose), four appearances in the Western Conference Final (2007, 2008 with Detroit and 2010, 2011 with San Jose) and six division titles.

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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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