Sharks vs. Predators: By the numbers

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

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

Even-strength statistics

Player TOI Corsi + Corsi - Corsi +/- Chances + Chances - Chances +/-
Douglas Murray 13:28 20 14 +6 4 4 +0
Brad Stuart 21:02 20 13 +7 2 1 +1
Joe Pavelski 15:11 22 13 +9 6 2 +4
Martin Havlat 8:15 7 5 +2 1 0 +1
Patrick Marleau 16:38 24 15 +9 6 2 +4
James Sheppard 13:42 10 15 -5 1 2 -1
Joe Thornton 15:40 16 9 +7 3 0 +3
Andrew Desjardins 10:13 15 13 +2 3 2 +1
Dan Boyle 19:04 20 21 -1 6 1 +5
Scott Gomez 12:40 11 13 -2 1 1 +0
Michal Handzus 9:38 10 13 -3 2 3 -1
Ryane Clowe 16:54 14 12 +2 2 1 +1
Adam Burish 10:59 14 13 +1 2 3 -1
Logan Couture 15:41 15 10 +5 3 0 +3
Marc-Edouard Vlasic 21:33 20 16 +4 2 1 +1
Tim Kennedy 14:55 23 13 +10 6 2 +4
Matt Irwin 18:24 20 18 +2 6 1 +5
Justin Braun 13:19 20 14 +6 4 4 +0
Team totals 53:14 59 48 +11 11 6 +5
  • Gomez was swapped with Kennedy and Marleau was moved to center but it didn't change much in terms of the "second" line's impact; they were phenomenal again with Kennedy probably turning in his best game as a Shark. I was somewhat hesitant about Marleau at center since it gives him fewer opportunities to carry the puck through the neutral zone but his speed through the middle and Pavelski and Kennedy's terrific play in the corners rendered that trio dominant.
  • They played the fewest minutes on the blueline and faced the Predators' worst forwards but Douglas Murray and Justin Braun managed to be on the ice for 4 of Nashville's 6 even-strength chances. I'd say something about how there's no sensible reason for Murray to be in the lineup but this is well past broken record territory.
  • Not a great game for the bottom six by the numbers although, to my eye, those lines looked a bit better after the Havlat injury prompted some shuffling. Adam Burish wasn't an overt liability for once so that has to be seen as a positive.
  • Really low-event game for Vlasic and Stuart by the chance count despite that tandem logging the heaviest minutes. That's probably the best we can hope for with that pairing; they don't yield much defensively but they're also incapable of advancing the puck to create offense. For a team that needs the latter, it makes a lot of sense to break those two up.
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