By the numbers: Game 76 vs. Colorado

Doug Pensinger

Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 3-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday afternoon.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 18:33 Landeskog from McGinn, save 1 2 4 26 29 92 8 19 22 32 52 88 5v5
Home 1 18:28 Stastny one-timer from Landeskog, goal 1 2 4 26 29 92 8 19 22 32 52 88 5v5
Away 1 16:54 Pavelski from Thornton, goal (5v4 PP) 1 6 8 24 25 8 12 19 22 32 88 4v5
Home 1 13:20 McGinn from O'Reilly, save 1 6 7 8 11 90 7 8 19 27 32 88 5v5
Home 1 13:02 Johnson backhand from MacKinnon, save 1 6 8 26 29 92 7 8 19 27 32 88 5v5
Away 1 10:23 Marleau from Pavelski, save (5v4 PP) 1 5 8 25 26 8 12 19 22 32 88 4v5
Home 1 9:27 McLeod breakaway, goal (4v5 SH) 1 2 7 8 55 8 12 19 22 32 88 4v5
Away 1 7:00 Couture from Marleau, save 1 5 26 29 61 92 12 32 39 44 61 83 5v5
Home 1 5:04 Mitchell from Johnson, save (5v4 PP) 1 6 7 8 11 90 7 8 10 27 32 5v4
Home 1 5:02 McGinn rebound from Mitchell, save (5v4 PP) 1 6 7 8 11 90 7 8 10 27 32 5v4
Away 1 1:50 Kennedy off turnover, miss 1 2 4 25 42 58 7 10 18 27 32 81 5v5
Away 1 1:02 Nieto from Couture, save 1 4 5 7 11 90 12 22 32 39 52 83 5v5
Away 2 14:54 Burns on 2on1, save 1 6 8 25 26 29 8 19 32 44 61 88 5v5
Away 2 14:45 Sheppard from Burns, save 1 6 8 25 26 29 9 15 22 32 52 88 5v5
Away 2 14:42 Havlat rebound from Sheppard, miss 1 6 8 25 26 29 9 15 22 32 52 57 5v5
Away 2 14:37 Sheppard rebound from Irwin, save 1 6 8 25 26 29 9 15 22 32 52 57 5v5
Home 2 13:49 McGinn deflection from Mitchell, miss (5v4 PP) 1 2 6 7 11 90 7 8 12 27 32 5v4
Home 2 13:31 McGinn one-timer from Johnson, miss (5v4 PP) 1 2 6 7 11 90 7 8 12 27 32 5v4
Home 2 13:29 Mitchell rebound from McGinn, goal (5v4 PP) 1 2 6 7 11 90 7 8 12 27 32 5v4
Away 2 11:26 Boyle one-timer from Sheppard, goal 1 2 24 25 58 61 9 15 22 32 52 57 5v5
Away 2 9:15 Thornton from Pavelski, save 1 6 7 8 11 90 8 19 22 32 44 88 5v5
Home 2 5:40 MacKinnon from Landeskog on 2on1, miss 1 6 8 26 29 92 8 19 22 32 52 88 5v5
Away 2 0:46 Thornton rebound from Pavelski, miss 1 4 26 29 61 92 8 19 22 32 52 88 5v5
Away 3 18:34 Sheppard from Havlat, save 1 2 6 24 25 55 9 15 22 32 52 57 5v5
Away 3 17:52 Vlasic from Kennedy, miss 1 2 4 7 11 90 15 18 22 32 44 81 5v5
Home 3 17:33 McGinn off turnover, save 1 4 7 11 61 90 10 18 22 32 44 81 5v5
Home 3 16:10 Stastny from Landeskog, miss 1 6 8 26 29 92 8 19 22 32 52 88 5v5
Home 3 15:57 Stastny from MacKinnon, save 1 2 6 26 29 42 9 15 32 44 57 61 5v5
Away 3 15:41 Havlat deflection from Wingels, save 1 2 6 25 42 58 9 15 32 44 57 61 5v5
Home 3 13:53 Landeskog from Stastny, save 1 8 26 29 61 92 7 12 27 32 39 83 5v5
Away 3 12:10 Brown from Kennedy, save 1 5 24 25 55 61 10 18 32 44 61 81 5v5
Away 3 11:18 Irwin backhand from Couture, save (4v4) 1 5 26 61 92 12 22 32 39 52 4v4
Away 3 10:43 Pavelski from Marleau, miss (4v3 PP) 1 5 8 25 8 12 22 32 88 3v4
Away 3 10:27 Burns from Boyle, save (4v3 PP) 1 5 8 25 8 12 22 32 88 3v4
Away 3 10:11 Pavelski deflection from Marleau, save (4v3 PP) 1 5 8 25 8 12 22 32 88 3v4
Away 3 7:43 Burns rebound from Boyle, save 1 2 4 24 25 55 8 19 22 32 52 88 5v5
Away 3 3:53 Wingels deflection from Braun, miss (5v4 PP) 1 5 8 24 25 9 32 39 52 57 61 4v5
Home 3 2:59 Landeskog deflection from MacKinnon, miss 1 2 6 26 29 92 7 8 19 27 32 88 5v5
Away 3 0:27 Pavelski deflection from Thornton, save 1 6 8 26 29 92 8 12 19 22 61 88 5v5

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
7 STUART, BRAD 13:27 1 4 00:00 0 0 03:51 0 5
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 12:54 5 7 04:42 5 1 02:46 0 5
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 12:56 6 1 01:42 1 0 00:27 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 07:41 2 1 00:00 0 0 02:24 0 2
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 14:50 4 1 03:44 5 1 02:15 0 3
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 14:25 7 1 00:00 0 0 00:09 0 0
18 BROWN, MIKE 05:31 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 12:13 5 7 03:00 2 1 00:00 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 17:47 12 5 04:54 5 1 00:00 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 12:41 1 4 00:00 0 0 04:06 0 5
32 STALOCK, ALEX 16 10 6 1 0 5
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 13:30 3 1 02:40 1 0 01:19 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 18:08 6 2 00:00 0 0 02:39 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 15:19 9 4 01:30 1 0 00:00 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 13:04 5 1 00:50 1 0 02:07 0 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 16:50 5 1 02:11 1 0 02:24 0 0
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 08:03 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
83 NIETO, MATT 12:12 2 1 00:52 0 0 01:33 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 14:44 6 7 04:13 5 1 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 5 7 3 4 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 7 4 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 11 5 7 5 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Ovr 23 16 17 10 3 1 3 0 0 5 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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The scoring chances don't tell much different a story than the one you saw unfold if you watched this game. San Jose looked listless early on before dominating the game's final two periods but that shaky start was enough to sink them. It's certainly a disappointing loss in that they needed these two points to keep their division hopes alive and they didn't quite look ready to play at the early drop of the puck but the only reason the Sharks' comeback effort fell short was Semyon Varlamov (and some unfortunately missed nets).

It's sort of impressive how awful Scott Hannan and Brad Stuart are when paired together. It was that way earlier in the season and Jason Demers' illness meant we were treated to that tandem again; the Sharks were outchanced 4-1 at evens when those two were out together and outchanced the Avalanche 16-6 when they were on the bench. Playing in front of Stuart and Hannan quite frequently was definitely part of the reason the Thornton line struggled to generate much in the way of scoring opportunities but a terrific game by Colorado center Paul Stastny matching up against them contributed as well.

5-on-5 Zone Entries


# Player Overall Entries Shots Per Overall Entry Controlled Entries Shots Per Controlled Entry % Of Entries With Control
7 STUART, BRAD 1 0 1 0 100
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 3 0.33 2 0 66.7
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 3 1.33 2 2 66.7
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 2 0.5 1 1 50
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 4 0.25 2 0.5 50
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 4 0.25 2 0.5 50
18 BROWN, MIKE 2 1 1 2 50
19 THORNTON, JOE 7 0.14 3 0.33 42.8
22 BOYLE, DAN 0 0 0 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 0 0 0 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 8 0.38 5 0.6 62.5
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 2 1.5 0 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 0 0 0 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 6 0.83 2 1 33.3
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 2 0.5 0 0 0
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 4 1.75 4 1.75 100
83 NIETO, MATT 3 0.67 1 1 33.3
88 BURNS, BRENT 6 0.83 4 1.25 66.7
Sharks Overall 57 0.65 30 0.93 52.6
Avalanche Overall 44 0.43 20 0.6 45.4

It's not exactly a secret that Colorado has heavily relied on Varlamov to get them to where they are. They're a complete mess defensively as they allowed nearly one shot against every time the Sharks gained the blueline with control of the puck; that's absurdly high and while I doubt they're usually quite that bad defending against the rush, their high shots against total doesn't lie. Even more concerning might be how easy it is for forechecking forwards to force turnovers on their defensemen, which was happening down low all game long. Tyler Kennedy spearheaded a surprisingly effective game from the fourth line; he's a much more useful player than Adam Burish so it's good to see him lock down a spot in the lineup in Burish's absence.

5-on-5 Zone Exits


# Player Touches In-Zone Passes Carry-Out Pass-Out Turnover Icing Overall Success % Exit Success %
7 STUART, BRAD 14 9 2 1 2 0 21.4 60.0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 6 1 1 2 2 0 50.0 60.0
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 4 0 1 1 2 0 50.0 50.0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 4 0 1 2 1 0 75.0 75.0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 4 1 1 2 0 0 75.0 100.0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 7 6 0 0 1 0 0.0 0.0
18 BROWN, MIKE 1 0 0 1 0 0 100.0 100.0
19 THORNTON, JOE 10 4 2 1 2 1 30.0 50.0
22 BOYLE, DAN 17 7 5 1 3 1 35.3 60.0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 10 4 2 2 2 0 40.0 66.7
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 7 3 0 0 3 1 0.0 0.0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 17 6 5 2 3 1 41.2 63.6
52 IRWIN, MATT 11 7 2 0 2 0 18.2 50.0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 2 1 1 0 0 0 50.0 100.0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 15 6 4 1 4 0 33.3 55.6
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 4 3 0 0 0 1 0.0 0.0
83 NIETO, MATT 8 1 2 0 5 0 25.0 28.6
88 BURNS, BRENT 3 2 0 1 0 0 33.3 100.0
Overall 144 61 29 17 32 5 30.0 60.0

San Jose didn't touch the puck all that often (relatively speaking) in the defensive zone in this one because they just didn't spend much time there. Vlasic and Boyle both had nice games catalyzing the breakout for their respective pairings while rookie winger Matt Nieto was benched for a few shifts in the second period presumably in part due to a turnover-filled game when attempting to exit his own zone.

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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