Sharks vs. Blues: By the numbers

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A look at the numbers behind the Sharks' 2-1 win over St. Louis.

Even-strength statistics

Player TOI Corsi + Corsi - Corsi +/- Chances + Chances - Chances +/-
Douglas Murray 13:20 11 9 +2 3 2 +1
Brad Stuart 17:07 13 16 -3 3 2 +1
Joe Pavelski 14:30 15 13 +2 4 3 +1
Martin Havlat 12:39 14 15 -1 4 2 +2
Andrew Desjardins 5:16 0 4 -4 0 1 -1
Patrick Marleau 14:14 16 8 +8 4 2 +2
Joe Thornton 14:42 16 10 +6 4 2 +2
Dan Boyle 15:21 14 14 +0 4 2 +2
Michal Handzus 12:49 9 9 +0 1 1 +0
Ryane Clowe 14:08 14 14 +0 4 1 +3
Adam Burish 8:21 2 7 -5 0 3 -3
Logan Couture 13:06 12 13 -1 4 1 +3
Matt Pelech 6:36 0 6 -6 0 3 -3
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 16:52 15 15 +0 2 2 +0
Tim Kennedy 12:01 10 9 +1 2 1 +1
Tommy Wingels 11:23 10 9 +1 1 1 +0
Justin Braun 13:33 13 8 +5 2 2 +0
Brent Burns 18:10 13 18 -5 3 4 -1
Team totals 47:11 40 40 +0 9 7 +2
  • Patrick Marleau might have been the Sharks' best player last night and it's been a few weeks since we've been able to say that about him or the other two members of the team's top line. He was physically engaged, effective in the neutral zone and excellent on the cycle.
  • Burns' numbers don't look too impressive courtesy a few shifts for which he was hemmed in his own zone behind the Sharks' fourth line (in fairness, his turnover did initiate one of those extended sequences) but as I mentioned in the recap, I thought this was his best game of the season so far.
  • There isn't a diplomatic way to put this so I'm not even going to try: Matt Pelech is terrible at hockey. He played six minutes and managed to be on the ice for nearly half the Blues' even-strength scoring chances in this game. That's certainly not solely on him but there is no sensible reason for him (or Burish, for that matter) to be playing over Scott Gomez and T.J. Galiardi.
  • They came alive to create three chances in the third period but I wasn't overly impressed with the Couture line in this one given the situations they were put in by the coaching staff. That line started eight shifts in the St. Louis end and just one in their own zone; that should translate into something greater than breaking even in possession.
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