By the numbers: Sharks vs. Kings, Game 4

Harry How

Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 6-3 loss to Los Angeles in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:26 Burns deflection from Braun, save 6 8 11 12 23 32 7 8 19 31 61 88 5v5
Away 1 18:39 Sheppard from Nieto, save 14 26 28 32 44 74 12 15 22 27 31 83 5v5
Home 1 15:53 Gaborik rebound from Brown, goal 11 12 23 27 32 33 5 12 31 39 44 57 5v5
Away 1 13:02 Marleau deflection from Boyle, save (5v4 PP) 11 23 27 32 33 8 12 19 22 31 88 4v5
Home 1 10:56 Williams from Lewis, save 6 8 14 22 32 74 7 8 19 31 61 88 5v5
Home 1 10:05 Gaborik from Martinez, save (5v4 PP) 8 11 12 27 32 77 7 10 31 61 83 5v4
Home 1 9:23 Brown deflection from Muzzin, miss (5v4 PP) 6 10 14 23 26 32 5 12 31 44 57 5v4
Away 1 2:47 Hannan rebound from Sheppard, save 10 23 27 32 44 74 10 13 15 22 27 31 5v5
Home 1 2:19 King rebound from Doughty, save 6 8 10 23 32 74 10 12 15 22 31 44 5v5
Away 1 0:10 Hannan one-timer from Hertl, save 11 12 23 26 32 44 15 22 27 31 48 57 5v5
Away 1 0:09 Sheppard rebound from Hannan, goal 11 12 23 26 32 44 15 22 27 31 48 57 5v5
Home 2 16:39 Martinez one-timer from Gaborik, save (5v4 PP) 8 11 12 27 32 77 7 8 10 31 61 5v4
Home 2 16:36 Carter rebound from Martinez, miss (5v4 PP) 8 11 12 27 32 77 7 8 10 31 61 5v4
Home 2 16:29 Carter rebound from Martinez, save (5v4 PP) 8 11 12 27 32 77 7 8 10 31 61 5v4
Away 2 11:53 Stuart from Couture, miss 11 12 23 27 32 33 7 12 31 39 61 83 5v5
Away 2 11:36 Nieto rebound from Marleau, goal 11 12 23 27 32 33 7 12 31 39 44 83 5v5
Home 2 10:28 King wraparound, save 14 27 28 32 33 74 10 13 18 22 27 31 5v5
Away 2 8:49 Marleau off turnover, save (5v4 PP) 8 11 23 32 33 8 12 19 22 31 88 4v5
Away 2 8:47 Pavelski rebound from Marleau, miss (5v4 PP) 8 11 23 32 33 8 12 19 22 31 88 4v5
Away 2 7:51 Couture one-timer from Hertl, save (5v4 PP) 10 26 32 44 77 5 31 39 44 48 57 4v5
Away 2 5:15 Nieto backhand, miss 26 32 44 70 73 77 5 12 31 39 44 83 5v5
Home 2 3:54 Williams rebound from Mitchell, goal 8 14 28 32 33 74 7 12 31 39 61 83 5v5
Home 2 1:00 Toffoli from Martinez, goal 27 32 33 70 73 77 10 18 27 31 48 61 5v5
Away 2 0:16 Marleau one-timer from Couture, save 8 14 28 32 33 74 7 12 31 39 44 83 5v5
Home 3 19:27 Gaborik from Kopitar, goal 6 8 11 12 23 32 7 8 19 31 61 88 5v5
Home 3 17:42 Lewis from Richards, miss 10 13 22 27 32 33 10 13 18 22 27 32 5v5
Away 3 15:16 Nieto off turnover, miss (4v5 SH) 8 10 14 23 27 32 7 10 32 61 83 5v4
Away 3 13:52 Thornton rebound from Burns, miss (4v4) 22 26 28 32 44 8 19 22 32 88 4v4
Away 3 13:15 Vlasic from Hertl, save (5v4 PP) 8 10 32 33 77 5 32 39 44 48 57 4v5
Away 3 11:55 Marleau deflection from Boyle, save 22 23 26 28 32 44 8 12 19 22 32 88 5v5
Away 3 11:40 Burns one-timer from Marleau, miss 22 23 26 28 32 44 8 12 19 22 32 88 5v5
Home 3 10:45 Stoll deflection from Muzzin, save 6 8 14 28 32 74 7 8 12 19 22 32 5v5
Away 3 10:33 Nieto from Torres, miss 10 13 22 27 32 33 5 13 15 27 32 83 5v5
Away 3 8:28 Boyle one-timer from Burns, save (5v4 PP) 11 22 26 32 44 8 12 19 22 32 88 4v5
Away 3 8:25 Pavelski from Marleau, goal (5v4 PP) 11 22 26 32 44 8 12 19 22 32 88 4v5
Away 3 8:16 Couture from Nieto, save 11 12 23 27 32 33 5 27 32 39 48 83 5v5
Home 3 3:59 Williams on 2on1, miss 6 8 11 14 32 7 8 19 32 88 4v4
Away 3 3:10 Marleau rebound from Vlasic, save (4v4) 10 27 32 33 77 12 22 32 39 44 4v4
Away 3 2:29 Pavelski backhand from Marleau, save 8 28 32 33 74 8 12 19 22 88 4v4
Away 3 2:28 Pavelski rebound, miss 8 28 32 33 74 8 12 19 22 88 4v4
Away 3 1:57 Torres from Thornton, miss 8 11 23 32 33 73 5 13 19 39 44 57 5v5

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 11:42 4 1 02:31 2 0 02:49 0 1
7 STUART, BRAD 16:48 4 5 00:00 0 0 04:32 1 4
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 15:51 6 4 03:46 5 0 01:47 0 3
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 07:10 1 4 00:00 0 0 02:32 1 4
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 15:17 10 4 03:59 5 0 02:25 0 1
13 TORRES, RAFFI 08:05 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 10:57 5 1 00:00 0 0 00:24 0 0
18 BROWN, MIKE 03:38 0 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 16:38 7 4 04:07 5 0 00:15 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 19:01 10 4 04:07 5 0 00:00 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 14:05 6 3 00:00 0 0 00:11 0 0
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 9 7 4 0 0 5
32 STALOCK, ALEX 6 3 3 0 1 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 14:17 7 2 02:02 2 0 02:42 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 14:14 5 2 02:02 2 0 02:38 0 1
48 HERTL, TOMAS 10:00 3 1 02:02 2 0 00:00 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 10:53 3 1 02:23 2 0 02:39 0 1
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 15:14 2 4 00:00 0 0 04:32 1 4
83 NIETO, MATT 12:23 7 1 00:00 0 0 01:34 1 1
88 BURNS, BRENT 14:11 6 3 03:46 5 0 00:24 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 6 5 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 7 6 4 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
3 13 4 9 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Ovr 26 15 18 10 7 0 0 0 1 5 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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Joe Thornton mentioned after the game that the scoreboard wasn't really a fair indication of how the Sharks played and the numbers certainly back him up. For the fourth time in four tries in this series, the Sharks outchanced the Kings by a substantial margin, especially at even-strength. San Jose now has 69 even-strength chances in this series to just 35 for Los Angeles. Sometimes the bounces go in your favor (like, say, in overtime of Game 3) and sometimes they don't; Game 4 was firmly in the latter category for the Sharks but it's definitely a positive that they were probably still the better team. If they're able to come close to doubling up the Kings in five-on-five scoring opportunities for a fifth straight game tomorrow, the Sharks should have a great chance of ending this thing.

No one else seems to really be giving him enough credit for what he's doing in this series so I'll continue to beat the "Matt Nieto is awesome" drum. The Sharks outchanced the Kings 7-1 when he was on the ice at even-strength last night despite him starting eight shifts in the defensive zone and just one in the Kings' end. Four of those chances came off Nieto's stick and he set up two others. He's been every bit as important to his line's success in this series as Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture, if not moreso.

The top line's even-strength chance numbers above are inflated quite a bit by extra skater time at the end of the game after McLellan pulled Alex Stalock and a pair of chances generated by the Sharks immediately after a power play before the penalized King was able to return to the defensive zone. All of that is to say that I don't think that line was as good at evens last night as the chances suggest (Thornton was even in five-on-five shot differential while Pavelski was a minus) and it still puzzles me that McLellan opted to take Tomas Hertl off Thornton's left wing when he was spectacular there in Game 3. While it's great that the third line was largely able to pick up the slack and the Sharks saw little drop-off in play as a result, I'll be interested to see what the coaching staff's response is to the first loss of the postseason.

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 0 0 0 0 0
7 STUART, BRAD 0 0 0 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 3 1.67 2 1 66.7
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 1 0 1 0 100
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 5 0.8 3 1.33 60
13 TORRES, RAFFI 2 0.5 1 1 50
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 1 0 0 0 0
18 BROWN, MIKE 0 0 0 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 3 0.67 2 1 66.7
22 BOYLE, DAN 0 0 0 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 5 0.4 1 1 20
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 6 0.83 5 0.8 83.3
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 1 1 0 0 0
48 HERTL, TOMAS 4 0.75 2 0 50
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 5 0.6 2 1 40
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 3 0.33 1 1 33.3
83 NIETO, MATT 5 1.8 4 2.25 80
88 BURNS, BRENT 3 1.33 3 1.33 100
Sharks Overall 47 0.85 27 1.11 57.4
Kings Overall 49 0.45 20 0.6 40.8

This was an absurdly dominant game by the Sharks not only in the neutral zone but in recovering pucks in the offensive zone after generating initial shot attempts (Jonathan Quick's shaky-at-best rebound control played a part, no doubt). The Sharks averaged over a shot per controlled zone entry, nearly double what the Kings managed when they carried the puck into the offensive zone, and gained the zone with control against the stingiest defensive team in the league on over 57% of their attempts.

Once again, the Sharks were successful in targeting the Kings' slower defensemen like Robyn Regehr (who, by the way, was on the ice for eight San Jose scoring chances and zero by Los Angeles) both by attacking their wing and strategically dumping it into their corner. Matt Nieto, as he's done all series, excelled through neutral ice as the Sharks generated nine shots on his four controlled zone entries.

5-on-5 Zone Exits


# Player Touches In-Zone Passes Carry-Out Pass-Out Turnover Icing Overall Success % Exit Success %
5 DEMERS, JASON 13 5 0 4 4 0 30.8 50
7 STUART, BRAD 18 5 0 7 6 0 38.9 53.9
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 8 1 0 3 4 0 37.5 42.9
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 4 1 0 1 2 0 25 33.3
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 8 1 4 3 0 0 87.5 100
13 TORRES, RAFFI 3 1 0 2 0 0 66.7 100
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 6 1 0 3 2 0 50 60
18 BROWN, MIKE 2 0 0 1 1 0 50 50
19 THORNTON, JOE 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 18 9 0 4 3 2 22.2 44.4
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 12 6 0 5 1 0 41.7 83.3
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 5 1 0 0 4 0 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 14 7 1 3 2 1 28.6 57.1
48 HERTL, TOMAS 5 1 0 0 4 0 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 5 1 2 0 2 0 40 50
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 21 13 1 5 2 0 28.6 75
83 NIETO, MATT 5 2 1 0 2 0 20 33.3
88 BURNS, BRENT 4 0 0 2 2 0 50 50
Overall 153 57 9 43 41 3 33.9 54.2

This is the sort of game Dan Boyle would have, and could have, taken upon himself to single-handedly get the Sharks back into in the third period had it taken place a few seasons ago. It's depressing that Boyle no longer has the ability to be a one-man exit-and-entry machine unleashed by the coaching staff on opponents late in games when the Sharks are trailing; he's having enough trouble just coming out of his own zone cleanly as he turned over or iced the puck on five of his nine attempted zone exits. Patrick Marleau, on the other hand, was fantastic in moving the puck effectively into the neutral zone (at which point Matt Nieto took over). Marleau touched the puck eight times in the defensive zone and either carried or passed it out on seven.

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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