By the numbers: Game 78 vs. Los Angeles

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 16:32 Stoll off turnover, miss 15 22 27 31 81 83 2 23 27 28 31 71 5v5
Away 1 16:25 Nolan deflection from Martinez, goal 15 22 27 31 81 83 2 23 27 28 31 71 5v5
Away 1 15:14 Gaborik from Kopitar, miss (5v4 PP) 7 31 39 57 61 8 11 12 27 31 77 4v5
Home 1 13:22 Pavelski one-timer from Marleau, miss (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 88 8 23 31 44 70 5v4
Home 1 11:00 Havlat breakaway from Desjardins, miss 5 9 10 18 31 44 2 10 22 27 31 71 5v5
Away 2 19:34 Williams from Kopitar, miss 5 7 12 31 39 61 6 11 12 14 26 31 5v5
Home 2 12:46 Pavelski deflection from Burns, goal (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 88 2 22 27 28 31 5v4
Home 2 7:49 Marleau rebound from Wingels, save 5 12 31 39 44 57 2 11 12 14 27 31 5v5
Home 2 7:48 Couture wraparound, goal 5 12 31 39 44 57 2 11 12 14 27 31 5v5
Away 2 6:41 Carter, save (4v4) 12 22 27 31 39 10 27 31 44 77 4v4
Away 2 5:01 Martinez rebound, miss 7 9 15 19 31 61 6 26 27 28 31 73 5v5
Away 2 1:17 Pearson deflection from Stoll, miss 15 18 22 27 31 83 2 6 28 31 70 73 5v5
Home 2 0:30 Marleau, miss 7 9 12 31 39 61 14 22 26 31 44 71 5v5
Away 3 16:48 Brown from Nolan, miss 7 15 31 61 81 83 2 6 22 23 31 71 5v5
Home 3 15:42 Couture from Wingels, save 12 22 27 31 39 57 10 12 14 26 31 44 5v5
Away 3 12:20 Gaborik from Kopitar, miss (5v4 PP) 7 8 31 39 61 10 11 12 27 31 77 4v5
Away 3 10:52 Gaborik, save (4v4) 7 19 31 61 88 6 10 12 26 31 4v4
Home 3 3:44 Couture on 2on1, miss 22 27 31 39 57 83 11 12 26 27 31 73 5v5
Away 3 0:26 Kopitar from Richards, save 8 12 19 31 44 61 10 11 12 14 27 77 5v5

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 16:21 3 1 00:05 0 0 04:14 0 0
7 STUART, BRAD 15:32 1 4 00:06 0 0 04:09 0 2
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 14:19 0 1 00:58 2 0 04:35 0 1
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 12:20 2 1 00:21 0 0 00:17 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 08:20 1 0 00:00 0 0 02:09 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 15:08 4 3 00:58 2 0 04:04 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 11:13 0 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 BROWN, MIKE 08:13 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 14:52 0 3 00:48 2 0 00:38 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 17:15 2 4 01:04 2 0 00:00 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 14:53 2 4 00:00 0 0 00:37 0 0
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 6 9 2 0 0 2
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 14:06 5 2 00:06 0 0 02:59 0 2
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 19:28 3 1 00:05 0 0 04:56 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 12:54 4 0 00:06 0 0 02:31 0 1
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 16:39 1 5 00:00 0 0 04:14 0 2
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 09:29 0 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
83 NIETO, MATT 09:34 1 4 00:05 0 0 00:57 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 13:19 0 1 01:03 2 0 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV 5v4 PP 5v3 PP 4v5 SH 3v5 SH
1 1 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 4 4 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Ovr 8 11 6 9 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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Might as well start with the lone positive: the line of Patrick Marleau, Logan Couture and Tommy Wingels was magnificent going up against Anze Kopitar and company for Los Angeles. But when Couture wasn't on the ice in this game, the Sharks generated one even-strength scoring chance, and it came from the fourth line. That's bad enough as it is but it's particularly concerning when you consider that the Kings were playing their third game in four nights (and second in a row), were without top defenseman Drew Doughty for over 50 minutes and, when Couture wasn't on the ice, neither was Kopitar for the most part. Yet the Sharks still couldn't generate more than a single even-strength chance in those minutes, while giving up seven.

That's why I'm confused that Todd McLellan thought this was a "job well done" by the Sharks. It was a job well done by one line, sure, but getting nothing offensively from the first and third lines at evens, who had the advantage of rarely matching up against the Kings' big guns, is inexcusable. It's just one game, and the Sharks thankfully got the two points to keep themselves somewhat alive in the division title hunt, but this should be a pretty clear indicator to the coaching staff that changes need to be made if they hope to beat the Kings in a playoff series.

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 1 0 0 0 0
7 STUART, BRAD 4 0 0 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 1 0 1 0 100
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 5 0.6 4 0.75 80
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 2 0 0 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 5 0.4 1 0 20
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 5 0.2 1 1 20
18 BROWN, MIKE 3 0 0 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 4 0.25 0 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 2 1.5 1 2 50
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 0 0 0 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 6 0.67 2 1.5 33.3
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 2 0.5 0 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 4 0.75 3 1 75
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 3 0.67 1 1 33.3
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 2 0 0 0 0
83 NIETO, MATT 0 0 0 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 3 1.33 1 1 33.3
Sharks Overall 52 0.46 15 0.93 28.8
Kings Overall 56 0.55 29 0.62 51.8

You can trace a lot of the Sharks' puck possession issues last night to a flat-out pathetic performance in the neutral zone. Over 70% of their entries into the offensive zone came via dumping the puck in. Perhaps that was a key component of their overall strategy of physically targeting the Kings, and maybe that paid off by tweaking pre-existing L.A. injuries, but relying on dump-and-chase to this extent isn't exactly a blueprint the team should look to when trying to beat the Kings in the playoffs. On the flipside, the Sharks were far too permissive at their own blueline, allowing a Kings team that tends to resort to dump-and-chase hockey pretty easily to carry the puck in on over half of their entries. One positive of note is that the Sharks were able to generate nearly a shot per entry the few times they carried the puck in themselves, although quite a few of those were odd-man rushes which you probably can't expect to generate on a regular basis against the Kings.

5-on-5 Zone Exits


# Player Touches In-Zone Passes Carry-Out Pass-Out Turnover Icing Overall Success % Exit Success %
5 DEMERS, JASON 19 10 4 1 4 0 26.3 55.6
7 STUART, BRAD 10 5 2 2 1 0 40.0 80.0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 5 2 0 2 1 0 40.0 66.7
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 5 4 0 1 0 0 20.0 100.0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 4 1 1 2 0 0 75.0 100.0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 4 1 0 1 2 0 25.0 33.3
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 7 1 2 2 2 0 57.1 66.7
18 BROWN, MIKE 6 2 1 1 2 0 33.3 50.0
19 THORNTON, JOE 8 2 1 2 3 0 37.5 50.0
22 BOYLE, DAN 12 8 1 0 2 1 8.3 25.0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 11 7 2 0 2 0 18.2 50.0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 7 1 1 4 1 0 71.4 83.3
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 23 13 3 3 3 1 26.1 60.0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 4 2 0 1 1 0 25.0 50.0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 16 2 7 2 5 0 56.3 64.3
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 5 0 2 2 1 0 80.0 80.0
83 NIETO, MATT 3 0 2 0 1 0 66.7 66.7
88 BURNS, BRENT 2 0 1 0 1 0 50.0 50.0
Overall 151 61 30 26 32 2 40.0 60.0

So about that Hannan/Boyle pairing...the duo combined to successfully exit the defensive zone on just 3 of their 23 puck touches. That's a pretty significant reason the Sharks were heavily outshot when they were on the ice. Assuming the top two pairings stay stable, I think Matt Irwin has to occupy that 6th defense slot over Scott Hannan in the playoffs. Logan Couture was easily the best player on the ice last night and that started in his own zone as he carried the puck out successfully on 4 of his 7 d-zone touches, in addition to another successful outlet pass.

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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