By the numbers: Game 79 vs. Nashville

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring chances, zone entries, zone exits and more from the Sharks' 3-0 loss to Nashville on Saturday night.

Scoring Chances

Complete scoring chance summary

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 14:10 Pavelski from Thornton, save 7 8 19 31 61 88 6 7 12 27 30 59 5v5
Away 1 11:04 Fisher rebound, save 12 22 31 39 52 57 3 7 12 27 30 64 5v5
Home 1 4:34 Couture from Marleau, save 12 22 31 39 52 57 6 16 24 28 30 59 5v5
Home 1 3:36 Burns from Thornton, save 7 8 19 31 61 88 6 7 12 27 30 59 5v5
Away 1 0:28 Clune from Wilson, miss 7 15 18 31 61 81 4 16 25 30 33 42 5v5
Home 2 17:57 Burns backhand from Pavelski, save (5v4 PP) 8 19 22 31 44 88 6 13 24 30 59 5v4
Away 2 16:13 Hornqvist rebound from Cullen, goal 7 12 31 39 44 57 4 7 27 30 33 42 5v5
Away 2 16:04 Gaustad on 2on1, goalpost 5 10 18 31 44 81 6 16 24 28 30 59 5v5
Home 2 13:13 Burns from Boyle, goalpost (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 22 31 88 6 12 24 30 59 5v4
Away 2 11:02 Hornqvist one-timer from Spaling, goal 12 19 22 31 81 88 4 13 19 27 30 42 5v5
Away 2 9:58 Fisher on 2on1, miss 5 12 31 39 44 57 6 7 12 27 30 59 5v5
Away 2 6:45 Josi backhand, goal 5 12 31 39 44 83 4 7 12 27 30 59 5v5
Home 3 19:15 Couture from Marleau, save 5 12 31 39 44 57 6 12 27 30 57 59 5v5
Away 3 16:48 Wilson from Stalberg, miss 5 9 12 31 44 57 4 13 28 30 33 42 5v5
Away 3 16:38 Wilson from Ekholm, save 5 9 12 31 44 57 4 13 28 30 33 42 5v5
Home 3 14:41 Wingels rebound from Braun, save 12 31 39 44 57 61 4 16 24 28 30 42 5v5
Home 3 12:50 Burns breakaway from Pavelski, save 8 19 22 31 52 88 6 7 12 27 30 59 5v5
Home 3 9:47 Irwin from Nieto, goalpost 15 22 31 52 81 83 3 16 24 28 30 64 5v5
Home 3 9:17 Stuart rebound from Burns, miss 7 8 19 31 61 88 3 16 24 28 30 64 5v5
Home 3 8:23 Wingels from Couture, save 5 12 31 39 44 57 6 12 27 28 30 59 5v5

On-ice scoring chances, for and against

# Player EV PP SH
5 DEMERS, JASON 15:49 2 5 02:08 0 0 00:42 0 0
7 STUART, BRAD 17:37 3 2 00:00 0 0 01:07 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 15:38 4 0 02:13 2 0 00:24 0 0
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 09:45 0 2 01:47 0 0 00:11 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 06:41 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:42 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 17:11 4 7 01:54 1 0 00:24 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 15:18 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 BROWN, MIKE 06:38 0 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 14:44 4 1 02:13 2 0 00:42 0 0
22 BOYLE, DAN 20:09 3 2 02:04 2 0 00:11 0 0
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 9 9 2 0 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 16:35 4 4 01:47 0 0 00:43 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 17:09 3 6 00:07 1 0 00:42 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 18:58 3 1 01:56 0 0 00:11 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 16:44 4 5 01:47 0 0 00:43 0 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 17:50 4 1 00:00 0 0 01:07 0 0
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 11:17 1 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
83 NIETO, MATT 14:32 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:11 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 15:28 4 1 02:04 2 0 00:00 0 0

Team scoring chance totals

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 2 5 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 6 2 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ovr 11 9 9 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Head-to-head scoring chances

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As mentioned in the recap, this game was pretty clearly lost in the second period when the Sharks were outchanced 5-0 by the Predators at even-strength, with three of those chances beating Antti Niemi. Even with their wide territorial edge in the third period when Nashville was content to cede zone time, the Sharks were held to just nine even-strength scoring chances all night.

That's simply not good enough against a non-playoff team playing the second half of a back-to-back, especially since the Sharks needed these points to stay plausibly alive in the division race. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Jason Demers had an uncharacteristically poor night defensively, with Demers in particular victimized on the Roman Josi goal that made it 3-0.

On the bright side, I thought Brent Burns, although deserving of blame for leaving Patric Hornqvist wide open in the slot on his second goal, had a monster game offensively and these numbers seem to back it up; Burns had four of the Sharks' eleven overall scoring chances last night.

An interesting note on the Predators side of things: despite him being matched up against the Couture line for much of the night, Nashville outchanced the Sharks 6-1 at evens with Ryan Ellis on the ice. Undersized puck-moving defensemen always seem to be undervalued in the NHL; he's a good one.

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 1 0 1 0 100
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 9 0.33 5 0.4 55.6
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 2 0.5 0 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 2 0 2 0 100
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 4 1.25 3 1.67 75
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 6 0.33 4 0.25 66.7
18 BROWN, MIKE 1 0 0 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 4 1 4 1 100
22 BOYLE, DAN 6 0.5 5 0.4 83.3
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 9 1 6 1.17 66.7
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 3 0.33 1 1 33.3
52 IRWIN, MATT 2 0 0 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 6 0.5 3 0.67 50
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 2 0 1 0 50
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 7 0.57 5 0.8 57.1
83 NIETO, MATT 6 0.5 2 1 33.3
88 BURNS, BRENT 7 1.14 5 1.2 71.4
Sharks Overall 77 0.6 47 0.77 61.0
Predators Overall 54 0.44 21 0.67 38.9

It's hard to put too much stock in these numbers since the Predators largely collapsed into a defensive shell in the third period, allowing the Sharks to carry the puck in at will. When Dan Boyle is this involved in creating zone entries, it usually means the Sharks were in trouble late in the game since that seems to be the only time the coaching staff gives him the green light to single-handedly rush the puck (and there's a bit of Dan Boyle going into "do-everything" mode at play here too). Marty Havlat had a dreadful game and was justifiably limited to less than three minutes of ice time in the third period.

5-on-5 Zone Exits


# Player Touches In-Zone Passes Carry-Out Pass-Out Turnover Icing Overall Success % Exit Success %
5 DEMERS, JASON 19 11 5 0 3 0 26.3 62.5
7 STUART, BRAD 22 14 4 1 2 1 22.7 62.5
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 6 2 3 0 1 0 50.0 75.0
9 HAVLAT, MARTY 4 0 1 1 2 0 50.0 50.0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 6 1 0 0 5 0 0.0 0.0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 8 3 2 0 3 0 25.0 40.0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 11 5 1 1 4 0 18.2 33.3
18 BROWN, MIKE 2 0 0 0 1 1 0.0 0.0
19 THORNTON, JOE 7 4 1 1 0 1 28.6 66.7
22 BOYLE, DAN 18 13 3 1 1 0 22.2 80.0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 8 2 3 3 0 0 75.0 100.0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 19 7 3 4 4 1 36.8 58.3
52 IRWIN, MATT 31 17 5 3 6 0 25.8 57.1
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 11 3 4 3 1 0 63.6 87.5
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 22 10 4 4 3 1 36.4 66.7
81 KENNEDY, TYLER 4 0 1 2 1 0 75.0 75.0
83 NIETO, MATT 8 3 0 3 2 0 37.5 60.0
88 BURNS, BRENT 4 0 2 1 1 0 75.0 75.0
Overall 210 95 42 28 40 5 30.0 60.0

When your third- and fourth-line centers have this much trouble getting out of their own zone, it shouldn't be much of a surprise when the bottom six as a whole struggles to generate offense or even just offensive-zone time. Andrew Desjardins in particular had a rough night in the Sharks' end, turning the puck over on five of his six defensive-zone touches. Four of James Sheppard's eleven defensive-zone touches ended up on Predators sticks. On a more positive note, Tommy Wingels had a great game in this area, carrying or passing the puck into the neutral zone successfully seven times on his eleven touches. Whenever they're reunited as a line, Marleau, Couture and Wingels transition from defense to offense really effectively courtesy Wingels finding one of his linemates coming out of the defensive zone and Marleau or Couture doing the work to gain the offensive blueline with control, something they're both among the best in the league at.

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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