By the numbers: Game 61 vs. Buffalo

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Spor

Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 4-2 loss to Buffalo on Friday night.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary
Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 18:05 Kennedy backhand, save 1 4 19 20 27 32 5 27 31 37 57 81 5v5
Home 1 16:33 Folgino backhand on 2on1, save 1 10 28 52 65 82 9 12 22 31 39 44 5v5
Home 1 9:54 Stafford from Moulson, miss (5v4 PP) 1 10 19 21 26 57 31 39 44 57 61 5v4
Away 1 7:52 Couture one-timer from Marleau, save 1 4 20 28 65 82 5 9 12 27 31 39 5v5
Away 1 6:31 Brown rebound from Irwin, save 1 10 28 52 65 82 10 15 18 22 31 52 5v5
Away 1 2:56 Havlat backhand, miss (5v4 PP) 1 6 28 57 65 9 22 31 52 57 88 4v5
Home 1 0:37 D'Agostini backhand from Foligno, save 1 6 19 27 57 82 5 8 27 31 39 88 5v5
Away 2 19:22 Couture backhand from Havlat, save 1 6 28 57 65 82 9 12 31 39 44 61 5v5
Away 2 18:26 Burns from Pavelski, miss 1 10 21 23 26 52 5 8 19 27 31 88 5v5
Away 2 15:15 Burns deflection from Thornton, save 1 6 28 52 65 82 5 8 19 27 31 88 5v5
Away 2 12:39 Marleau one-timer from Couture, save 1 4 8 19 20 27 5 9 12 27 31 39 5v5
Home 2 12:07 Myers off turnover, goalpost 1 6 28 57 65 82 5 8 19 27 31 88 5v5
Away 2 10:39 Boyle backhand, miss 1 10 21 23 26 52 15 18 22 31 37 44 5v5
Away 2 10:31 Sheppard rebound from Vlasic, miss 1 10 21 23 26 52 15 22 31 37 44 81 5v5
Away 2 10:23 Sheppard rebound from Vlasic, goal 1 10 21 23 26 52 15 22 31 37 44 81 5v5
Away 2 10:07 Wingels off turnover, save 1 4 8 20 24 32 31 37 44 57 61 81 5v5
Away 2 6:47 Wingels from Braun, goalpost 1 10 21 26 28 52 31 37 44 57 61 81 5v5
Away 2 5:01 Brown on 3on1, save 1 6 19 52 65 82 10 15 18 22 31 52 5v5
Home 2 3:07 Girgensons breakaway from Tallinder, save (4v5 SH) 1 4 20 28 65 8 9 19 22 31 52 4v5
Away 2 2:22 Havlat backhand from Burns, save (5v4 PP) 1 6 10 27 37 5 9 31 52 57 88 4v5
Away 2 0:37 Havlat on 2on1 from Marleau, save 1 4 10 21 23 26 5 9 12 27 31 39 5v5
Away 3 18:09 Kennedy on 2on1, save 1 4 19 20 26 27 5 27 31 37 57 81 5v5
Home 3 15:28 Flynn one-timer from Girgensons, goal 1 6 28 57 65 82 22 31 37 52 57 81 5v5
Home 3 12:22 Moulson from Myers, goal 1 6 21 23 26 57 22 31 37 52 57 81 5v5
Home 3 9:01 Ellis from Foligno, save 1 37 52 57 65 82 5 9 12 27 31 39 5v5
Away 3 7:22 Vlasic backhand from Pavelski, miss 1 10 28 52 65 82 8 19 31 44 61 88 5v5
Away 3 1:16 Marleau from Thornton, goal 1 8 10 21 23 52 8 12 19 22 39 88 5v5

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 17:36 7 3 00:49 1 0 01:21 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 16:05 4 2 02:45 0 1 01:09 0 0
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 14:35 4 2 01:28 2 1 00:31 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 11:36 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:28 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 15:33 5 2 02:32 0 0 00:47 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 11:44 5 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 BROWN, MIKE 10:35 3 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 16:16 4 1 02:54 0 1 00:22 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 17:26 6 3 03:11 1 1 00:00 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 18:02 7 3 00:00 0 0 01:18 0 0
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 16 6 2 1 0 1
37 BURISH, ADAM 09:38 7 2 00:00 0 0 01:04 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 15:23 5 3 02:32 0 0 01:26 0 1
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 16:49 7 1 00:00 0 0 02:41 0 1
52 IRWIN, MATT 17:00 2 2 01:28 2 1 00:08 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 11:43 4 2 01:15 2 0 01:31 0 1
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 16:43 4 0 00:00 0 0 01:50 0 1
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 10:17 6 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 16:37 4 2 01:06 2 0 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 4 3 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 12 2 11 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ovr 19 8 17 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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For the second game in a row, the Sharks outchanced their opponent by a lopsided margin in the second period (14-2 against the Flyers, 12-2 last night in Buffalo) but, unfortunately, they weren't shooting on Steve Mason and Ray Emery so only one of those opportunities found the back of the net.

As starkly different as the results in the two games were, the Sharks' play from a scoring chance perspective was fairly comparable and pretty impressive considering they were on the second half of a back-to-back this time around (of course, the quality of competition was considerably weaker as well). Ultimately, Antti Niemi giving up two goals on just six dangerous shots against (and another goal, Cody Hodgson's, from just outside the scoring chance area) was probably the biggest factor in this loss.

5-on-5 Zone Entries

# Player Overall Entries Shots Per Overall Entry Controlled Entries Shots Per Controlled Entry % Of Entries With Control
5 DEMERS, JASON 3 0 1 0 33.3
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 4 0.25 2 0 50
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 5 0.4 5 0.4 100
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 3 0.33 1 0 33.3
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 3 0.67 2 0.5 66.6
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 5 1.2 2 1 40
18 BROWN, MIKE 4 0.75 2 1 50
19 THORNTON, JOE 9 0.44 2 0.5 22
22 BOYLE, DAN 1 1 1 1 100
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 5 0.2 3 0.33 60
37 BURISH, ADAM 1 1 1 1 100
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 5 0.2 4 0.25 80
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 2 0 0 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 2 0.5 0 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 6 0.67 3 0.33 50
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 2 1 0 0 0
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 8 1 6 1.17 75
88 BURNS, BRENT 8 0.5 6 0.5 75
Sharks Overall 76 0.55 41 0.56 54
Sabres Overall 56 0.39 30 0.57 54

Most opinions of Marty Havlat are going to be significantly colored by his frequent injuries and oversized caphit, which is fine, but when he's healthy he really changes the dynamic of this team in the neutral zone. Where other forwards who have been placed on Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture's right wing, like Tommy Wingels and Tyler Kennedy, tend to resort to dump-ins when playing on that line, Havlat isn't afraid to create transition opportunities and has the skill to do so. That makes the Couture line a lot more unpredictable and difficult to defend; they had quite a few odd-man rushes as a unit last night, although a couple of them regrettably ended without a shot on net.

Kennedy and James Sheppard, inserted into the lineup in favor of Torres and Matt Nieto, both generated a ton of offense from their entries and helped the Sharks as a whole out-enter the Sabres by a fairly massive margin. Joes Thornton and Pavelski, on the other hand, had one of their weakest games offensively in a while and it looks like a lot of that was due to less-than-optimal neutral zone play, as well as a line-wide failure to recover dump-ins.

5-on-5 Zone Exits

# Player Touches In-Zone Carry Pass Turnover Icing Ovr Success% Exit Success%
5 DEMERS, JASON 17 7 2 3 5 0 29.4 50.0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 10 5 1 3 1 0 40.0 80.0
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 5 0 2 3 0 0 100.0 100.0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 7 2 2 1 2 0 42.9 60.0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 5 1 3 1 0 0 80.0 100.0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 6 1 2 2 1 0 66.7 80.0
18 BROWN, MIKE 3 1 1 1 0.0 0.0
19 THORNTON, JOE 14 6 4 2 2 0 42.9 75.0
22 BOYLE, DAN 11 3 5 3 0 45.5 62.5
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 23 10 2 4 7 0 26.1 46.2
37 BURISH, ADAM 3 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 12 6 1 0 5 0 8.3 16.7
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 31 13 1 8 9 0 29.0 50.0
52 IRWIN, MATT 25 9 1 9 6 0 40.0 62.5
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 5 2 1 0 2 0 20.0 33.3
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 19 9 7 2 1 0 47.4 90.0
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 1 0 1 0 0 0 100.0 100.0
88 BURNS, BRENT 8 3 1 3 1 0 50.0 80.0
Overall 205 81 31 46 46 1 37.6 62.1

I'm not entirely sure how Vlasic ended up with so many defensive-zone puck touches when he was dead last among Sharks defensemen in even-strength ice time (seriously) but he had an abnormally turnover-prone game; Dan Boyle seemed better off on shifts paired with Matt Irwin rather than Vlasic, which is something we haven't been able to say in a long, long time.

As these numbers show, one area the Thornton line did perform well in last night was their own zone, barely giving up anything to Buffalo when they were on the ice thanks to quick and efficient exit plays, but they weren't able to translate that into success at the other end.

For more on what scoring chances, zone entries and zone exits are, how they're tracked, and why they matter, read this post.

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