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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 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 64 32 27 12 59
L. Couture 64 21 33 0 54
J. Thornton 60 12 41 -2 53
B. Burns 64 16 31 -3 47
P. Marleau 64 15 31 -16 46
T. Wingels 57 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 64 10 15 -1 25
J. Braun 53 1 19 3 20
M. Vlasic 59 7 12 11 19
M. Nieto 54 4 13 -10 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 17 7 .912 2.62
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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