Scoring Chances: Game 57 @ Detroit

It's hard to fault the Sharks for hemorrhaging chances against for a stretch in the third period immediately after Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Joe Pavelski, arguably the team's two best players this season, took pucks to the face and left the game (although Pavs would return). Nine consecutive scoring chances by the Red Wings with Vlasic and Pavelski out of commission allowed Detroit to even up the chance count after the Sharks were probably the better team in the second period, outchancing the Wings 10-5, and held their own in a relatively uneventful first.

The two biggest issues, at least from a scoring chance perspective, that prevented the Sharks from picking up their third win against Detroit this season were the Thornton line getting smoked in their matchup against Pavel Datsyuk (a problem that was exacerbated during Pavelski's departure from the ice) and a relatively ineffective game from the majority of the bottom six.

Best EV Forward: Patrick Marleau (+3), Brad Winchester (+3)

Worst EV Forward: Joe Thornton (-4), Tommy Wingels (-4)

Best EV Defenseman: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (+1), Justin Braun (+1)

Worst EV Defenseman: Dan Boyle (-3)

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 10 5 5 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 9 5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 18 18 13 15 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Period Time Note SJS Opponent
SJS 1 16:25 Clowe 12 29 31 39 60 61 23 26 31 40 51 55 5v5
DET 1 14:15 Datsyuk 8 19 31 44 57 88 5 13 18 31 44 93 5v5
DET 1 13:30 Goal - Zetterberg 5 12 22 29 31 39 23 26 31 40 51 52 5v5
SJS 1 8:51 McGinn 5 18 22 26 31 64 4 8 20 31 43 52 5v5
SJS 1 7:35 Couture 5 12 22 29 31 39 23 26 31 40 51 55 5v5
DET 1 5:14 Franzen 8 19 31 44 57 88 5 13 18 31 44 93 5v5
DET 1 4:51 Bertuzzi PP 5 22 31 39 69 26 31 44 51 55 96 4v5
SJS 2 19:25 Boyle PP 8 12 19 22 31 39 13 23 31 43 52 5v4
SJS 2 18:13 Burns PP 12 19 31 39 60 88 5 8 20 31 55 5v4
DET 2 15:13 Bertuzzi 8 19 31 44 57 88 5 13 18 31 44 93 5v5
SJS 2 14:01 Demers 10 17 31 60 61 69 4 31 39 48 52 96 5v5
DET 2 10:30 Helm SH 8 12 22 29 31 39 20 23 31 43 52 5v4
DET 2 9:22 Abdelkader 22 26 29 31 64 88 8 20 31 52 55 93 5v5
DET 2 9:20 Goal - Miller 8 19 22 31 64 88 8 20 31 52 55 93 5v5
DET 2 8:01 Helm SH 8 12 19 22 31 39 5 20 31 43 55 5v4
SJS 2 7:23 Thornton PP 12 19 29 31 60 88 5 8 20 31 55 5v4
SJS 2 7:22 Thornton PP 12 19 29 31 60 88 5 8 20 31 55 5v4
SJS 2 6:45 Burns PP 22 26 29 31 64 88 23 31 40 43 52 5v4
SJS 2 6:37 Handzus 22 26 29 31 64 88 23 31 40 43 52 93 5v5
SJS 2 6:22 Winchester 5 10 17 18 31 44 23 31 40 43 52 93 5v5
SJS 2 4:12 Marleau 12 29 31 39 60 61 23 26 31 40 51 55 5v5
SJS 2 2:41 Pavelski 8 19 31 44 57 88 5 13 18 31 39 96 5v5
SJS 3 19:30 Couture 12 29 31 39 44 88 8 23 26 31 51 55 5v5
SJS 3 19:20 Marleau 12 29 31 39 44 88 8 23 26 31 51 55 5v5
DET 3 14:48 Filppula 5 12 29 31 39 60 23 26 31 40 51 55 5v5
DET 3 14:07 Hudler 5 12 29 31 39 60 23 26 31 40 51 55 5v5
DET 3 13:18 Franzen 18 19 22 31 57 61 5 13 18 31 44 93 5v5
DET 3 13:16 Datsyuk 18 19 22 31 57 61 5 13 18 31 44 93 5v5
DET 3 12:59 Goal - Helm 17 22 26 31 64 88 4 8 20 31 43 52 5v5
DET 3 8:32 Franzen 18 22 31 39 57 88 23 26 31 40 55 93 5v5
DET 3 7:33 Helm 5 17 31 60 64 69 4 8 20 31 43 52 5v5
DET 3 6:59 Franzen 5 17 31 60 64 69 5 13 18 31 93 96 5v5
DET 3 6:41 Franzen 8 12 19 22 31 61 5 13 18 31 93 96 5v5
SJS 3 4:44 Goal - Marleau 8 12 19 22 31 88 5 13 18 31 44 93 5v5
SJS 3 3:33 Marleau 8 12 19 22 31 88 23 31 43 44 55 93 5v5
SJS 3 2:34 Wingels 10 31 39 57 60 61 5 18 26 31 40 51 5v5

# Player EV PP SH
5 C. WHITE 14:04 3 5 0:14 0 0 2:21 0 1
8 J. PAVELSKI 13:27 3 5 3:22 1 2 1:51 0 0
10 B. WINCHESTER 5:44 3 0 0:00 0 0 1:04 0 0
12 P. MARLEAU 16:10 7 4 4:37 4 2 2:04 0 0
17 T. MITCHELL 6:18 2 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
18 D. MOORE 14:21 2 3 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
19 J. THORNTON 15:29 3 7 4:18 4 1 1:37 0 0
22 D. BOYLE 16:53 5 8 4:18 2 2 2:40 0 1
26 M. HANDZUS 9:46 2 2 1:16 1 0 2:29 0 0
29 R. CLOWE 15:02 6 4 2:34 3 1 0:13 0 0
31 A. NIEMI 46:50 13 15 6:10 5 2 5:26 0 1
39 L. COUTURE 15:04 6 4 4:05 2 2 0:41 0 1
44 M. VLASIC 15:26 4 3 0:00 0 0 2:24 0 0
57 T. WINGELS 14:16 2 6 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
60 J. DEMERS 15:07 4 4 1:32 3 0 0:00 0 0
61 J. BRAUN 14:29 4 3 0:00 0 0 1:27 0 0
64 J. MCGINN 13:52 2 5 1:19 1 0 0:12 0 0
69 A. DESJARDINS 6:17 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:41 0 1
88 B. BURNS 21:14 6 7 3:15 4 0 2:00 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances:

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As I mentioned above, the top line didn't have a great time against Datsyuk and company. Wingels was effective when deployed against lesser lights in Tampa and Carolina but I don't think promoting him to the first line in a game where that unit was liable to draw Datsyuk was the greatest of ideas. Wingels ended up spending 9.5 of his 14 minutes of EV ice time against Datsyuk and was decidedly overmatched. Vlasic and Burns took it in the teeth against Datsyuk's line as well as those three players for Detroit caught fire in the third period with Johan Franzen alone generating four scoring chances in about a six-minute span.

The Logan Couture line, meanwhile, was great both in possession and chances against Henrik Zetterberg.

More stats from the game: Corsi/Fenwick, Shift Charts, H2H Ice Time, Zonestarts, Play-By-Play, Box Score

Also, I was late on watching the game against the Hurricanes but I did get around to it and you can access the scoring chances here. No write-up but the numbers are all there.

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