Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sharks series and game one preview

First of all, there is really no reason for me to do this, since the best blogger ever has gathered the stats and made the right prediction here. Never mind the fact he has actually never seen a hockey game.

But I enjoyed the last one, so.. here we go (since we aren't far into the playoffs I use both regular season and playoff stats):

The records
Sharks: 51-20-11, 113 pts, 264-215 (+49)
Wings: 44-24-14, 102 pts, 229-216 (+13)

Yep, a decisively better season for the Sharks, but these are the playoffs.

The goalies
Sharks:
Nabokov: RS: 71 GP (71 starts), 44-16-10, 2.43 GAA, .924 save %, 3 SO, 0 A, 6 PIM
PO: 6 GP (6 starts), 4-2, 1.76 GAA, .926 save %, 1 SO, 0 A, 0 PIM
Greiss: RS: 16 GP (11 starts), 7-4-1, 2.69 GAA, .912 save %, 0 SO, 0 A, 2 PIM
PO: N/A

Detroit:
Detroit:
Howard: RS: 63 games, (61 starts), 37-15-10, 2.26 GAA, .924, 3 SO, 2 A, 2 PIM
PO: 7 GP (7 starts), 4-3, 2.59 GAA, .919 save %, 1 SO, 0 A, 0 PIM
Osgood: RS: 23 GP (21 starts), 7-9-4, 3.02 GAA, .888, 1 SO, 1 A, 0 PIM
PO: N/A

Tiny statistical edge to the Sharks, but Nabby has never been stellar and we all know that he can be shaken in the playoffs.

Point leaders
Sharks:
RS:
Thornton 89
Marleau 83
Heatley 82
Boyle 58
Clowe 57

PO:
Clowe 8
Pavelski 8
Boyle 6
Setoguchi 6
Murray 5

Red Wings:
RS:
Datsyuk 70
Zetterberg 70
Lidstrom 49
Holmstrom 45
Bertuzzi 44

PO:
Zetterberg 11
Datsyuk 8
Franzen 7
Filppula 7
Lidstrom, Stuart 6

So the Sharks were more high powered during the regular season, but Detroit has exploded offensively in then playoffs. And please notice that the Wings have their best guys be the best in the playoffs too, while the Sharks... Well Heatley has 4 points and Thornton and Marleau has 3 each.

Goal leaders
Sharks:
RS:
Marleau 44
Heatley 39
Pavelski 25
Thornton 20
Setoguchi 20

PO:
Pavelski 5
Setoguchi 3
Boyle 2
Couture 2
7 different players including Marleau, but not Heatley and Thornton 1 each

Red Wings:
RS:
Datsyuk 27
Holmstrom 25
Zetterberg 23
Bertuzzi 18
Cleary 15

PO:
Zetterberg 6
Datsyuk 5
Filppula 3
Lidstrom 3
Holmstrom, Stuart 2

See the point I made above.

+/- leaders and losers
Sharks:
RS:
Marleau +21
Vlasic +21
Thornton +17
Malhotra +17
Heatley, Blake +14
...
McGinn -3
McCarthy -3
Wallin -5

PO:
Clowe +6
Pavelski +6
Boyle +5
Murray +4
Setoguchi +4
...
Huskins, Heatley, Demers -1
Marleau -2
Thornton -4

Red Wings:
RS:
Rafalski 23
Lidstrom 22
Datsyuk 17
Zetterberg 12
Holmstrom, Kronwall 5
...
Stuart -12
Meech -12
Ericsson -15

PO:
Stuart +6
Zetterberg +6
Filppula +4
Franzen +3
5 different players +2
...
Draper, Cleary, Williams -even
Eaves -2
Helm -3

Now that is INTERESTING!

How the Sharks can pull this off
- Take huge cock out of mouth. Stop choking
- Clone Ryan Pavelski

Keys to the series for the Red Wings
- Play them tough
- Go hard at Nabokov
- Continue like in game 7
- Patience, poise and intensity combined
- Limit defensive mistakes
- Good games from Jimmah
- Keep the choking three off the board in the early games

Keys to tonight's game
- Patience
- Limit defensive mistakes
- Intensity
- Pounce on their mistakes

2 comments:

  1. Not to nitpick, but it's Joe Pavelski and Ryan Clowe. I did like the "cock out of mouth" comment, though. I wish I knew an actual Sharks fan - I would send them a shirt where the collar is too tight.

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  2. Aw fuck... well, make a double clone..

    Lol at the shirt thing

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