|Western Conference Semifinals - Best of 7 - Game 1|
|5||COLORADO||+130||Ov 6,-110||+105||Ov 6,-125|
|6||SAN JOSE||-150||Un 6,-110||-125||Un 6,+105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||19-25-0||-3.2||19-25||-3.2||22-20||3.1||31.7||3.1||33.5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+4.4||4-1||+4.4||1-3||3.4||41.0||2.2||32.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||87||277||64||98||108||7||19||2881||9.6%||311||68||21.9%||456|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||44||138||33||49||54||2||9||1394||9.9%||146||33||22.6%||228|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||5||5||5||2||0||205||8.3%||25||5||20.0%||30|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||5||17||5||5||5||2||0||205||8.3%||25||5||20.0%||30|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||257||66||83||94||14||20||2783||9.2%||295||63||21.4%||430|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||138||35||39||56||8||13||1476||9.3%||157||31||19.7%||228|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||1||5||5||0||1||164||6.7%||22||5||22.7%||17|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||11||1||5||5||0||1||164||6.7%||22||5||22.7%||17|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (All Games)||1||0||13||12||92.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (Last 4 Games)||1||0||13||12||92.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PAVEL FRANCOUZ (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||42||38||1234||1135||92.0%||3||22-16||+5.4||22-16-0||+6||17-20|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)||22||20||684||631||92.3%||1||10-10||+2.1||10-10-0||+3||9-10|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||132||125||94.7%||0||4-0||+5.4||4-0-0||+6||1-2|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Playoff Games)||5||5||163||153||93.9%||1||4-1||+4.4||4-1-0||+5||1-3|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||49||49||1496||1360||90.9%||2||20-29||-14.6||20-29-0||-14||24-24|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Road Games)||24||24||759||688||90.6%||1||9-15||-5.3||9-15-0||-4||13-10|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||123||110||89.4%||0||1-3||-3.1||1-3-0||-3||3-1|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||28-17-0||-4.4||28-17||-4.4||27-16||3.7||32.8||2.9||27.6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.7||3-2||+1.7||3-2||3.0||32.4||3.6||39.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||89||312||110||90||102||10||14||2940||10.6%||275||65||23.6%||541|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||45||166||58||45||58||5||11||1477||11.2%||139||33||23.7%||287|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||1||8||2||1||162||9.3%||21||6||28.6%||25|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||7||23||8||4||9||2||2||232||9.9%||34||8||23.5%||40|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||286||94||91||92||9||15||2568||11.1%||263||53||20.2%||476|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||132||47||41||39||5||8||1242||10.6%||121||23||19.0%||221|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||18||6||5||7||0||0||196||9.2%||22||6||27.3%||34|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||25||9||7||9||0||0||245||10.2%||29||8||27.6%||44|
|AARON DELL (All Games)||27||20||649||574||88.4%||4||9-11||-5.5||9-11-0||-4||14-6|
|AARON DELL (Home Games)||9||6||198||180||90.9%||2||3-3||-1.8||3-3-0||-2||3-3|
|AARON DELL (Last 4 Games)||4||2||92||80||87.0%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|AARON DELL (Playoff Games)||2||0||36||31||86.1%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MARTIN JONES (All Games)||69||69||1908||1712||89.7%||1||41-28||-4.4||41-28-0||-2||37-29|
|MARTIN JONES (Home Games)||39||39||1039||933||89.8%||0||25-14||-2.6||25-14-0||-1||24-13|
|MARTIN JONES (Last 4 Games)||4||4||136||127||93.4%||0||3-1||+2.7||3-1-0||+3||2-2|
|MARTIN JONES (Playoff Games)||7||7||209||189||90.4%||0||4-3||+1.3||4-3-0||+2||5-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLORADO 3.09, SAN JOSE 3.05|
|4/1/2019||at ST LOUIS||2-3||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2019||EDMONTON||6-2||W||0, -240||W||5.5 ov||O|
|4/4/2019||WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, -120||W||6 ev||U|
|4/6/2019||at SAN JOSE||2-5||L||0, +145||L||6.5 un||O|
|4/11/2019||at CALGARY||0-4||L||0, +190||L||6 ev||U|
|4/13/2019||at CALGARY||3-2||W||0, +175||W||6 ov||U|
|4/15/2019||CALGARY||6-2||W||0, -110||W||6 un||O|
|4/17/2019||CALGARY||3-2||W||0, -125||W||6 un||U|
|4/19/2019||at CALGARY||5-1||W||0, +160||W||6 un||P|
|4/26/2019||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/28/2019||at SAN JOSE|| |
|4/30/2019||SAN JOSE|| |
|5/2/2019||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/30/2019||VEGAS||4-3||W||0, -145||W||6.5 un||O|
|3/31/2019||CALGARY||3-5||L||0, -110||L||6.5 ov||O|
|4/2/2019||at VANCOUVER||2-4||L||0, -175||L||6.5 un||U|
|4/4/2019||at EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -150||W||6.5 ov||U|
|4/6/2019||COLORADO||5-2||W||0, -165||W||6.5 un||O|
|4/10/2019||VEGAS||5-2||W||0, -135||W||6 ov||O|
|4/12/2019||VEGAS||3-5||L||0, -135||L||6.5 un||O|
|4/14/2019||at VEGAS||3-6||L||0, +140||L||6 un||O|
|4/16/2019||at VEGAS||0-5||L||0, +145||L||6.5 un||U|
|4/18/2019||VEGAS||5-2||W||0, -115||W||6.5 un||O|
|4/21/2019||at VEGAS||2-1||W||0, +170||W||6 ov||U|
|4/23/2019||VEGAS||5-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||O|
|4/30/2019||at COLORADO|| |
|5/2/2019||at COLORADO|| |
|COLORADO: LAST SEASON: 43-30-9, 95 points. Fourth place in Central Division, 8th seed in Western Conference. |
LOST to Nashville Predators in first round.
COACH: Jared Bednar (third season with Avalanche, third NHL season).
ADDED: LW Matt Calvert, D Ian Cole, G Philipp Grubauer.
LOST: LW Blake Comeau, G Jonathan Bernier, RW Nail Yakupov, G Andrew Hammond.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nathan MacKinnon. The 23-year-old center is coming off a season in which he had 39 goals and 58 assists. His 97 total points were the most by an Avalanche player since Hall of Famer-turned-general manager Joe Sakic recorded 100 in 2006-07. "His skill level is unbelievable," said Grubauer, who was acquired in a trade with Washington in June. "He can make a difference out there."
OUTLOOK: Not much was expected of the Avalanche this time a year ago. With good reason ' they were coming off a 48-point season. They won't be overlooked again after clinching a playoff spot during their final game of the season, before losing to the Predators in the first round. The line of captain Gabriel Landeskog, MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen was put together on Oct. 28 and combined for 225 points in the final 72 games. "We have to remember how much hard work we put into that and know we aren't going to catch anybody sleeping," Landeskog said. "Everybody knows we're a good team and here to stay."
|SAN JOSE: LAST SEASON: 45-27-10, 100 points. Third place in Pacific Division. |
LOST to Vegas Golden Knights in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Peter DeBoer (fourth season, 11th NHL season).
ADDED: D Erik Karlsson, F Antti Suomela, F Rourke Chartier.
LOST: F Chris Tierney, D Dylan DeMelo, F Mikkel Boedker, F Eric Fehr, F Joel Ward, F Jannik Hansen, D Paul Martin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Karlsson. The Sharks
ADDED the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman on the eve of training camp in a blockbuster move. Karlsson is an elite playmaker and defenseman and should provide a major boost to San Jose on the power play, as well as five-on-five play.
OUTLOOK: Ever since acquiring Joe Thornton in general manager Doug Wilson's first blockbuster trade back in 2005, the Sharks have viewed themselves as Stanley Cup contenders almost every season. That is clearly the case this year after adding Karlsson to a defensive unit that already featured 2016 Norris winner Brent Burns and shut-down defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The Sharks are potentially thin at center and will need a healthy season from Thornton at age 39 after two straight years with major knee injuries in order to challenge for the Cup.
|Sharks look to top Avalanche without the drama|
On the heels of their incredible comebacks - first to force a Game 7 and then win it in amazing fashion - the San Jose Sharks now must regroup and reload.
The reward for upending the Vegas Golden Knights in their opening-round Stanley Cup Playoff series is a date with the Colorado Avalanche, a team that needed just five games to convincingly oust the Western Conference champs, the Calgary Flames.
"I was watching almost every game between Colorado and Calgary, and they actually surprised me how well they played against Calgary," Sharks center Tomas Hertl told the San Jose Mercury News. "They were flying."
Game 1 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal kicks off Thursday in San Jose, featuring a pair of clubs that surprisingly made it past the first round.
The Avalanche, who clinched the final wild card spot in the West, dominated the Flames in their series, led by the forward trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog.
"You have to ready for their top line," Hertl said. "MacKinnon is one of the best players in the NHL. That line -- Rantanen, Landeskog -- they almost owned the series. Young team, a lot of speed and we have to be ready."
The Sharks trailed their series with Vegas 3-1 and then were down 3-0 nearing the midway point of the third period of Game 7 on Tuesday when they scored four power-play goals during a five-minute advantage, surrendered their lead in the final minute of regulation and then won on Barclay Goodrow's goal late in overtime.
"A once-in-a-lifetime game," Sharks forward Logan Couture said. "I don't think my heart can take another one like that."
San Jose captain Joe Pavelski was knocked from the game on the play that resulted in the major penalty, the result of hitting the back of his head on the ice.
Coach Pete DeBoer said on Thursday that Pavelski is day-to-day but unlikely to play in the opener.
San Jose won all three regular-season meetings between the clubs.
"They are a tough team, no question. They have given us trouble all year," Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar told NHL.com. "Playoffs is a different scenario, right? You start over from scratch, and it's best of seven. There are adjustments to be made in the middle of the series. Our goal will be to go in there and have a real good start and pick up where we left off against Calgary."
The Sharks and Avs have met four times in the playoffs, with each team winning twice. San Jose has claimed the past two series, the most recent one in 2010.
"I think not too many people would have us in this position at this point in the year, but I think in our room we believe," Bednar said. "I think one of the biggest things is if you want to win, you got to believe you can win. We have touched on that, based on last year's playoff performance and how we wanted to come into this year with a purpose. To me, it even has to go a step up now. Our guys should be confident based on the way we played down the stretch and then the playoffs."
Thanks to their long layoff between games, the Avalanche expect forward Derick Brassard (illness) back in the lineup for the opener, while defenseman Samuel Girard (upper body) is a possibility.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 5/24/2019 9:00:21 AM EST|