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By the Numbers: Game 34 vs. St. Louis

Scoring chances, zone exits, zone entries and more from the Sharks' 3-2 overtime victory over the Blues on Saturday night.

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring Chances

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 16:32 Shattenkirk from Oshie, save 12 31 39 44 57 61 10 19 22 34 42 74 5v5
Away 1 15:41 Berglund from Jaskin, save 4 10 20 25 31 88 5 21 23 26 28 34 5v5
Away 1 14:43 Backes from Lindstrom, save 8 19 31 44 48 61 10 19 22 34 42 74 5v5
Away 1 12:31 Oshie from Bouwmeester, save 4 8 19 31 48 88 5 10 28 34 42 74 5v5
Home 1 7:21 Sheppard, miss 4 15 31 68 88 89 5 9 28 34 42 74 5v5
Away 1 3:14 Oshie, miss 4 8 19 31 48 88 20 25 27 34 42 74 5v5
Home 1 1:19 Marleau, miss 12 31 39 44 57 61 12 20 25 27 34 91 5v5
Away 1 1:00 Lehtera from Tarasenko, save 12 31 39 44 57 61 12 19 20 22 34 91 5v5
Away 1 0:08 Pietrangelo from Backes, miss 8 19 27 31 48 80 23 25 27 34 42 74 5v5
Home 2 14:16 Braun from Thornton, save (6v5) 12 19 39 44 57 61 12 20 25 27 34 75 5v5
Home 2 13:54 Couture from Thornton, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 31 39 88 19 20 27 34 42 5v4
Home 2 13:32 Pavelski from Marleau, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 31 39 88 21 22 27 34 74 5v4
Home 2 12:34 Marleau from Thornton, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 31 39 88 19 21 27 34 42 5v4
Home 2 12:33 Pavelski from Marleau rebound, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 31 39 88 19 21 27 34 42 5v4
Away 2 11:30 Tarasenko from Lehtera, save 19 31 44 48 61 68 12 20 22 27 34 91 5v5
Away 2 5:33 Berglund from Pietrangelo rebound, save 4 19 25 31 48 88 21 23 25 26 27 34 5v5
Home 2 4:01 Pavelski from Thornton, miss 8 12 19 31 44 61 19 20 22 26 34 91 5v5
Away 2 2:40 Ott from Lapierre, goal 4 19 20 31 68 88 9 27 28 34 40 75 5v5
Home 2 0:23 Hertl from Thornton, save 8 19 31 44 48 61 21 23 25 26 27 34 5v5
Home 3 15:27 Thornton from Hertl, save 4 8 19 31 48 88 19 21 22 23 26 34 5v5
Home 3 13:52 Pavelski from Hertl, save 4 8 19 31 48 88 9 19 22 34 42 74 5v5
Home 3 5:06 Hertl from Pavelski, save 8 19 31 44 48 61 5 10 22 34 40 75 5v5
Home 3 4:41 Wingels from Dillon, save 4 12 31 39 57 88 9 19 27 34 42 74 5v5
Home 4 1:32 Marleau from Braun, save 12 19 31 44 61 19 21 22 34 74 4v4
Home 4 0:56 Marleau from Burns, miss (4v3 PP) 8 12 31 39 88 19 27 34 42 4v3

San Jose

# Player EV PP SH
4 DILLON, BRENDEN 22:49 4 5 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 19:34 5 4 03:17 5 0 00:00 0 0
10 DESJARDINS, ANDREW 06:39 0 1 00:03 0 0 00:00 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 20:27 5 2 03:17 5 0 00:00 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 15:20 1 0 01:05 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 18:16 7 7 02:52 4 0 00:00 0 0
20 SCOTT, JOHN 05:27 0 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
25 MCGINN, TYE 07:15 0 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 HANNAN, SCOTT 12:52 0 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 NIEMI, ANTTI 9 10 5 0 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 19:12 3 2 03:17 5 0 00:00 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 24:14 6 4 01:08 0 0 00:00 0 0
48 HERTL, TOMAS 17:10 4 6 01:05 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 17:45 3 2 01:05 0 0 00:00 0 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 23:16 6 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
68 KARLSSON, MELKER 15:15 1 2 00:03 0 0 00:00 0 0
80 TENNYSON, MATT 13:52 0 1 01:08 0 0 00:00 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 22:50 4 5 03:17 5 0 00:00 0 0
89 GOODROW, BARCLAY 14:47 1 0 00:03 0 0 00:00 0 0

St. Louis

# Player EV PP SH
5 JACKMAN, BARRET 18:35 2 2 00:00 0 0 01:49 0 0
9 OTT, STEVE 12:27 1 3 00:00 0 0 01:19 0 0
10 LINDSTROM, JOAKIM 12:35 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
12 LEHTERA, JORI 18:14 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:17 0 0
19 BOUWMEESTER, JAY 23:23 3 5 00:00 0 0 02:40 0 4
20 STEEN, ALEXANDER 18:22 3 3 00:00 0 0 01:17 0 1
21 BERGLUND, PATRIK 15:03 2 3 00:00 0 0 01:07 0 3
22 SHATTENKIRK, KEVIN 22:27 4 5 00:00 0 0 01:45 0 1
23 JASKIN, DMITRIJ 14:54 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
25 BUTLER, CHRIS 18:51 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
26 STASTNY, PAUL 15:39 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 PIETRANGELO, ALEX 22:28 5 4 00:00 0 0 02:36 0 5
28 COLE, IAN 14:10 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
34 ALLEN, JAKE 10 10 0 0 0 5
40 LAPIERRE, MAXIM 08:19 1 1 00:00 0 0 01:07 0 0
42 BACKES, DAVID 17:13 5 3 00:00 0 0 02:26 0 4
74 OSHIE, T.J. 17:20 5 4 00:00 0 0 00:46 0 1
75 REAVES, RYAN 07:42 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
91 TARASENKO, VLADIMIR 18:06 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:06 0 0

Period-by-Period Summary

Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 2 7 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 7 3 3 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

As can be seen by the period-by-period summary, this was a game that was lopsided for St. Louis, and lopsided for San Jose at various different points.  I don't know what changed after the first period, but after being outchanced 2-7 in the first period, the Sharks outchanced the Blues 13-3 the rest of the way, with St. Louis also going the last sixteen minutes of the game without a shot on goal.

For the first time in awhile, the Sharks' five man shutdown unit of Marelau-Couture-Wingels-Vlasic-Braun had a strong game on scoring chances, though they were basically the only ones to finish with positive differentials at even strength.  I think what pops out to me the most on the San Jose side of things here is Jumbo's numbers.  The two teams combined for twenty scoring chances at "even strength" (although I'm still iffy about 6v5 technically being considered even strength), and Thornton was on the ice for fourteen of them, more than two-thirds.  Obviously that means the Sharks were giving up way too much in the defensive zone while he was on the ice, but still quite impressive that they managed seven scoring chances with him on the ice, against a team routinely lauded as being one of the top defensive teams in the league.

Although the Sharks didn't exactly blow the Blues away in overall scoring chance differential, I think it's clear to see that part of the reason why they won this game was their work against Tarasenko's line.  With the amount of coverage the young Russian has received this season, I don't think it'll surprise anyone when I say he's a (if not the) key piece of St. Louis' offense, and keeping his line down to only two scoring chances speaks to the impressive defensive effort the Sharks put out against him and his line.

Zone Entries

San Jose

Player # of successful entries Shots generated from player's entries Shots per entry # of controlled entries Shots generated from player's controlled entries Shots per controlled entry % of entries with control Failed entries
4 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0
8 3 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 1
10 3 3 1.00 1 1 1.00 33% 0
12 8 6 0.75 4 2 0.50 50% 1
15 3 0 0.00 1 0 0.00 33% 1
19 7 4 0.57 3 3 1.00 43% 1
20 1 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
25 2 1 0.50 1 1 1.00 50% 0
27 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0
39 4 0 0.00 2 0 0.00 50% 1
44 1 1 1.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
48 5 1 0.20 2 1 0.50 40% 1
57 8 3 0.38 3 2 0.67 38% 0
61 1 1 1.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
68 3 1 0.33 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 2
80 1 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
88 4 4 1.00 1 1 1.00 25% 0
89 12 4 0.33 6 3 0.50 50% 0
Team 66 29 0.44 24 14 0.58 36% 8
Opp 73 26 0.36 39 22 0.56 53% 10

St. Louis

Player # of successful entries Shots generated from player's entries Shots per entry # of controlled entries Shots generated from player's controlled entries Shots per controlled entry % of entries with control Failed entries
STL5 2 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
STL9 5 1 0.20 2 1 0.50 40% 0
STL10 3 0 0.00 3 0 0.00 100% 0
STL12 9 4 0.44 4 2 0.50 44% 2
STL19 1 1 1.00 1 1 1.00 100% 0
STL20 8 4 0.50 5 4 0.80 63% 3
STL21 5 2 0.40 3 2 0.67 60% 0
STL22 3 1 0.33 1 0 0.00 33% 0
STL23 7 3 0.43 6 3 0.50 86% 0
STL25 3 1 0.33 1 1 1.00 33% 0
STL26 4 2 0.50 3 2 0.67 75% 0
STL27 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0
STL28 1 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
STL40 3 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 1
STL42 5 4 0.80 2 3 1.50 40% 1
STL74 10 2 0.20 5 2 0.40 50% 1
STL75 2 0 0.00 1 0 0.00 50% 0
STL91 2 1 0.50 2 1 0.50 100% 2
Team 73 26 0.36 39 22 0.56 53% 10

Although the Sharks as a whole did a good job of generating shots off of their entires, I'd be lying if I said I'm not somewhat disappointed in the lopsidedness of the carry-in rates between the two teams.  For a team that's generally regarded as a dump-and-chase team (though I can definitely see how that may have changed with guys like Lehtera and Tarasenko getting prominent roles on this team), St. Louis did carry the puck in quite a bit this game, and I'm curious as to why that wasn't the trend for both teams.  Regardless, on the individual level, more than a few Sharks had good nights on entries, with the results put up by Jumbo, Wingels, and Goodrow (twelve entries!) definitely standing out.

Most of St. Louis' top guys definitely came out to play in this game, with the entries showing Backes, Steen, and Lehtera doing notably well in the neutral zone.  Also worth noting that Lehtera's numbers here seem to indicate that while the Blues did manage to generate shot attempts when his line entered the zone, they just weren't able to create many legit scoring chances, as indicated by the scoring chance numbers.

Entry Targeting

San Jose

Player # # of entry attempts against Carry-ins against Failed entries against Carry % against Break up %
4 18 6 1 33.33 5.56
5 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
8 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
10 1 1 0 100.00 0.00
12 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
13 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
15 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
18 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
19 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
20 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
25 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
27 4 3 0 75.00 0.00
37 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
39 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
41 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
43 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
44 13 3 3 23.08 23.08
48 1 1 0 100.00 0.00
50 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
52 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
57 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
61 12 8 2 66.67 16.67
68 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
75 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
76 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
80 8 8 0 100.00 0.00
81 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
83 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
88 9 7 0 77.78 0.00
89 2 0 0 0.00 0.00
Team 75 37 6 49.33 8.00

St. Louis

Player # # of entry attempts against Carry-ins against Failed entries against Carry % against Break up %
4 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
5 9 5 1 55.56 11.11
9 4 0 1 0.00 25.00
10 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
12 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
17 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
19 8 2 1 25.00 12.50
20 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
21 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
22 7 3 0 42.86 0.00
23 1 1 0 100.00 0.00
25 12 2 0 16.67 0.00
26 2 1 0 50.00 0.00
27 4 4 0 100.00 0.00
28 4 1 0 25.00 0.00
32 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
33 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
40 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
42 1 1 0 100.00 0.00
48 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
56 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
74 6 0 2 0.00 33.33
75 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
91 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
Team 60 20 5 33.33 8.33

One of the main perks of analyzing zone entry targeting is that you get to see the players who are at the root of your team's success (or lack thereof) on defending against zone entries.  On that note, this was not a game for Matt Tennyson to remember.  The Blues attempted eight entries against him, and managed eight carry-ins on those attempts (including one especially notable one where Tenner was absolutely burned by Oshie en route to Oshie getting a scoring chance).  The whole right side of the Sharks' D didn't have a great outing, as Burns and Braun combined for fifteen carry-ins against on twenty-one entry attempts against.  In fact, the only members of the Sharks D corps who didn't do badly were Vlasic and Dillon, and those two did very well.  Vlasic foiled as many entries as he allowed carry-ins, and Dillon only allowed six carry-ins against, while being targeted for eighteen entries.

Raise your hand if you thought Alex Pietrangelo would have the ugliest entry targeting numbers on the Blues' roster for this game.  No one?  Yeah, me neither.  Now raise your hand if you thought Chris Butler would have the best entry targeting numbers for the Blues.  No one?  Yeah, again, me neither.  In fact, Jackman and Pietro were really the only members of the Blues' roster who didn't have relatively successful nights defending against zone entries, as the rest of the Blues' D corps combined to allow only eight carry-ins on thirty-one entry attempts against.

Zone Exits

San Jose

Player # Touches In-Zone Passes Pass-Outs Carry-Outs Turnovers Icings Overall Success % Exit Success % Turnover %
4 13 10 1 0 2 0 7.69 33.33 15.38
5 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
8 10 7 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 30.00
10 6 2 2 2 0 0 66.67 100.00 0.00
12 9 5 0 1 3 0 11.11 25.00 33.33
13 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
15 8 3 1 3 1 0 50.00 80.00 12.50
18 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
19 6 4 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00 33.33
20 4 2 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00 50.00
25 2 0 0 1 1 0 50.00 50.00 50.00
27 10 4 1 1 4 0 20.00 33.33 40.00
37 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
39 6 3 0 3 0 0 50.00 100.00 0.00
41 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
43 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
44 11 6 2 0 2 1 18.18 40.00 18.18
48 12 3 0 3 5 1 25.00 33.33 41.67
50 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
52 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
57 6 0 1 2 3 0 50.00 50.00 50.00
61 22 8 4 0 9 1 18.18 28.57 40.91
68 6 2 2 1 1 0 50.00 75.00 16.67
75 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
76 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
80 14 10 3 0 0 1 21.43 75.00 0.00
81 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
83 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
88 17 8 3 1 5 0 23.53 44.44 29.41
89 9 1 1 2 5 0 33.33 37.50 55.56
Totals: 171 78 21 20 48 4 23.98 44.09 28.07

St. Louis

Player # Touches In-Zone Passes Pass-Outs Carry-Outs Turnovers Icings Overall Success % Exit Success % Turnover %
4 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
5 21 10 3 0 6 2 14.29 27.27 28.57
9 4 0 1 2 1 0 75.00 75.00 25.00
10 5 2 0 1 2 0 20.00 33.33 40.00
12 7 1 1 4 1 0 71.43 83.33 14.29
17 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
19 14 7 0 0 5 2 0.00 0.00 35.71
20 3 0 0 2 1 0 66.67 66.67 33.33
21 1 0 0 1 0 0 100.00 100.00 0.00
22 15 8 1 0 4 2 6.67 14.29 26.67
23 4 3 1 0 0 0 25.00 100.00 0.00
25 12 6 1 1 4 0 16.67 33.33 33.33
26 4 1 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 75.00
27 18 7 4 0 7 0 22.22 36.36 38.89
28 11 8 1 0 2 0 9.09 33.33 18.18
32 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
33 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
40 3 1 0 1 1 0 33.33 50.00 33.33
42 11 4 2 2 3 0 36.36 57.14 27.27
48 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
56 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
74 15 4 2 7 2 0 60.00 81.82 13.33
75 2 1 0 1 0 0 50.00 100.00 0.00
91 6 2 1 1 2 0 33.33 50.00 33.33
Team 156 65 18 23 44 6 26.28 45.05 28.21

By no means have the few games before this one been Burns' strongest on zone exits, but I think this game perfectly exemplifies why he and Dillon make up such a strong pairing.  Burns hasn't been great defending zone entries this season, while Dillon has been fantastic.  Dillon hasn't been awesome on zone exits, but Burns has been the best Sharks defenseman on zone exits.  The Burns-Dillon pairing is excellent, and part of that is due to how well those two complement eachother, creating a pairing of two defensemen who excel at what their partner struggles (at times) with.  Aside from that pairing, the third line had another good outing on zone exits, with Sheppard continuing on his quest to pass up Jumbo as the Sharks' most effective forward on zone exits.

Not all of St. Louis' defensemen exited the zone with ease in this game, but St. Louis' top forwards certainly did.  Backes, Steen, Lehtera, and especially Oshie all put up impressive numbers on zone exits, and really did a good job of showing part of why St. Louis has been a great team for most of the last few seasons, with most of their top players not only being effective offensive players, but also strong defensive players as well.  I will say, I was quite surprised by Ott's zone exit numbers, though everyone can feel free to rail on him for his one turnover, because as Sharks fans, we really need some reason to give Steve Ott flack, right?

Notes:

-Couture's line, as well as the Vlasic-Braun pairing had one of their best outings of the last couple of weeks

-St. Louis' top players did very well all around, though the Sharks did an excellent job of preventing Tarasenko's line from creating too many scoring chances

-Vlasic and Braun were the only effective Sharks defensemen at defending against zone entries

-Chris Butler had a fantastic game defending againt zone entries

-The Sharks' third line continued to excel at zone exits