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Round One Spark - Home Ice Advantage

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 9:27 PM / News
By Eric Lindquist  - Staff Writer
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Round One Spark - Home Ice Advantage
The Sharks hope that holding the home-ice advantage over the Kings in Round 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be the spark to victory.

The San Jose Sharks get set to take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of Round 1 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Please note all games will be carried LIVE locally on CSNCA-HD / 98.5-102.1 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network.

On each game day, sjsharks.com will reveal a “Sharks SPARK” as we will highlight a player we expect to be the Sharks difference maker in that evening’s game. – the player to lead the Sharks to the promise land (WIN!) that night.

With the use of stats, trends, quotes and instinct we will look into the future (that evening’s game) and predict the score along with the Sharks player that provides the winning SPARK! We welcome your predictions as well… so look into your crystal ball, magic eight ball, ask your pet, or look into the stars and come up with your predictions as the Sharks get ready to battle the Kings in Round 1.

But before we preview Game 1 and reveal the Game 1 SPARK – let’s take a look at the series as a whole and determine the one SPARK that will lead the Sharks to a series victory over the LA Kings.

SHARKS SERIES SPARK – HOME ICE ADVANTAGE

The Sharks battled all regular season to grab home ice in the first round on the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Why you ask? Because of the 17,562 strong expected at the SAP Center on Thursday night!

Here are a few other reasons why the Sharks are happy to have home ice.

QUESTION 1: Which team had the best record in the NHL on home ice this season?

ANSWER – Boston – The Boston Bruins had a 31-7-3- record (65pts) on home ice this season… but the Sharks were 2nd in the NHL and had the best home ice record in the Western Conference with a 29-7-5 record (63pts) at the SAP Center. BTW – LA finished 14th in the NHL with a 23-14-4 (50pts) on home ice.

QUESTION 2: In the playoff series last year between the Sharks and the Kings, how many times did the home team win in the seven game series?

ANSWER – the home team won all 7 games (LA had home ice advantage and won the series 4-3)

QUESTION 3: What is the Sharks franchise record on home ice in the playoffs?

ANSWER – 46W-38L (.548 win %)

FOLLOW UP QUESTION – What is the Sharks franchise record on home ice in Game 7s?

ANSWER – 2W-0L (1.000 win %) – just in case we go 7 again vs. the Kings!

Cash Money on Home Ice:

Look for the below players to SHINE on their home ice and provide a SPARK in this series (we will take a look at some of the road warriors as the series carries on)

Top 3 Sharks on Home Ice:
Pavelski – 43pts (19-24-43) in 41gp – 6th best in NHL
Thornton – 42pts (7-35-42) in 41gp – 11th best in NHL
Burns – 33pts (18-15-33) in 38gp – 33rd best in NHL

Top 3 Kings on Home Ice:
Kopitar – 42pts (15-27-42) in 41gp – 9th best in NHL
Williams – 30pts (12-18-30) in 41gp – 60th best in NHL
Doughty – 24pts (6-18-24) in 40gp – 120th best in NHL

We Have History:

The home teams in the San Jose vs. LA series have a 20-1-1 record in the last 22 games between the two teams (including playoffs). – the Sharks have a possible four games scheduled at the SAP Center in the series; the LA Kings have just a possible three games scheduled at the Staples Center. The San Jose Sharks all-time record vs. the LA Kings on home ice 42-19-3-2 in the regular season; 4-2-0-0 in the playoffs.

SERIES PREDICTION – Sharks in 6

When I was a young kid an old-timer at the horse track at Suffolk Downs in Revere, MA told me that the “Trend is your Friend”! The Sharks are going to make their playoff seeding payoff in their first round series vs. the Kings and take the series in 6. Look for a low scoring, high intensity, and home ice advantage fueled series vs. the Kings. The Trend will be the Sharks friend in Round 1 by taking the series 4-2. (Sharks will steal a game in LA and sweep on home ice).

What is your prediction on the series? What do you think will SPARK the Sharks to a series win over the Kings? Join the conversation below…. #BeatLA!

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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