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By the numbers: Game 37 vs. Vancouver

Scoring chances, zone exits, zone entries and more from the Sharks' 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday night.

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Scoring Chances

Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 13:51 Higgins from Hansen, save 8 19 32 48 52 80 3 13 18 20 30 36 5v5
Home 1 11:34 Pavelski from Thornton, save 4 8 19 32 48 88 8 13 20 23 30 36 5v5
Away 1 4:49 Stanton from H. Sedin, save (4v4) 32 39 44 57 61 8 18 22 30 33 4v4
Away 1 1:03 Dorsett from Burrows, miss 4 8 19 32 48 88 3 14 18 30 51 53 5v5
Home 2 19:04 Couture from Wingels, save 12 32 39 52 57 80 3 13 18 20 30 36 5v5
Home 2 18:07 Couture from Pavelski, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 32 39 88 3 5 13 30 51 5v4
Away 2 16:56 Hansen from Edler, save 15 32 44 48 52 83 8 15 20 23 30 36 5v5
Away 2 11:18 Dorsett from Matthias, miss 15 32 52 68 80 89 5 7 8 27 30 51 5v5
Home 2 11:09 Goodrow, save 15 32 52 68 80 89 5 7 8 27 30 51 5v5
Home 2 7:23 Marleau from Thornton, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 32 39 88 8 13 14 23 30 5v4
Home 2 7:17 Couture from Burns, save (5v4 PP) 8 12 19 32 39 88 8 13 14 23 30 5v4
Home 2 4:59 Thornton from Pavelski, save 8 19 32 48 52 80 3 14 18 30 51 53 5v5
Home 2 4:31 Hertl from Thornton, miss 8 19 32 48 52 80 3 14 18 30 51 53 5v5
Home 2 4:24 Hertl from Pavelski, miss 8 19 32 48 52 80 3 14 18 30 51 53 5v5
Home 2 4:18 Hertl from Pavelski, miss 8 19 32 48 52 80 3 14 18 30 51 53 5v5
Away 2 1:29 Vrbata from D. Sedin, miss 8 19 32 44 48 61 8 17 22 23 30 33 5v5
Away 3 18:32 Bonino from Vey, save 4 8 19 32 48 88 5 6 7 13 20 30 5v5
Home 3 17:23 Marleau from Couture, save 12 32 39 52 57 80 5 6 7 15 27 30 5v5
Home 3 14:40 Sheppard from Karlsson, save 15 32 48 52 68 80 3 5 7 13 20 30 5v5
Away 3 8:20 Dorsett from Sbisa, save 4 12 32 39 57 88 3 14 15 18 30 51 5v5
Away 3 4:30 Sbisa from D. Sedin, save 8 15 32 52 80 89 5 6 13 22 30 36 5v5

San Jose

# Player EV PP SH
4 DILLON, BRENDEN 17:23 1 3 00:04 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 PAVELSKI, JOE 16:42 5 5 04:16 3 0 00:00 0 0
12 MARLEAU, PATRICK 18:42 2 1 04:16 3 0 00:00 0 0
15 SHEPPARD, JAMES 12:19 2 3 01:39 0 0 00:00 0 0
19 THORNTON, JOE 16:10 5 4 04:08 3 0 00:00 0 0
32 STALOCK, ALEX 9 9 3 0 0 0
39 COUTURE, LOGAN 18:23 2 2 04:16 3 0 00:00 0 0
44 VLASIC, MARC-EDOUARD 20:24 0 3 01:31 0 0 00:00 0 0
48 HERTL, TOMAS 13:28 6 5 01:39 0 0 00:00 0 0
52 IRWIN, MATT 14:40 8 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
57 WINGELS, TOMMY 14:03 2 2 00:47 0 0 00:00 0 0
61 BRAUN, JUSTIN 17:48 0 2 00:05 0 0 00:00 0 0
68 KARLSSON, MELKER 12:49 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
80 TENNYSON, MATT 15:51 8 3 01:30 0 0 00:00 0 0
83 NIETO, MATT 12:56 0 1 01:02 0 0 00:00 0 0
88 BURNS, BRENT 21:50 1 3 04:34 3 0 00:00 0 0
89 GOODROW, BARCLAY 11:09 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0

Vancouver

# Player EV PP SH
3 BIEKSA, KEVIN 20:21 3 6 00:00 0 0 00:56 0 1
5 SBISA, LUCA 15:34 3 3 00:00 0 0 01:09 0 1
6 WEBER, YANNICK 13:14 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:17 0 0
7 VEY, LINDEN 09:29 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
8 TANEV, CHRISTOPHER 20:24 4 2 00:00 0 0 04:35 0 2
13 BONINO, NICK 14:01 3 3 00:00 0 0 02:00 0 3
14 BURROWS, ALEXANDRE 12:49 2 4 00:00 0 0 02:37 0 2
15 RICHARDSON, BRAD 10:15 2 1 00:00 0 0 03:03 0 0
17 VRBATA, RADIM 17:20 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:17 0 0
18 STANTON, RYAN 17:54 4 5 00:00 0 0 00:31 0 0
20 HIGGINS, CHRIS 12:57 3 3 00:00 0 0 01:42 0 0
22 SEDIN, DANIEL 18:40 3 0 00:00 0 0 00:13 0 0
23 EDLER, ALEXANDER 20:41 2 1 00:00 0 0 04:32 0 2
27 MATTHIAS, SHAWN 09:03 1 2 00:00 0 0 00:30 0 0
30 MILLER, RYAN 9 9 0 0 0 3
33 SEDIN, HENRIK 19:01 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:24 0 0
36 HANSEN, JANNIK 12:43 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:30 0 0
51 DORSETT, DEREK 14:22 3 5 00:00 0 0 00:31 0 1
53 HORVAT, BO 09:25 1 4 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0

Period-by-Period Summary

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

This game was obviously an improvement by San Jose over their effort against LA, but it still wasn't nearly what we've seen the Sharks be capable of the last few weeks.  Considering the fact that the Canucks were defending a two goal lead for most of the game, San Jose should've definitely been able to create more scoring chances than they did in this one, especially considering the fact that, were it not for a monster shift late in the second period by the Thornton line that saw Hertl attempt three shots (all misses, unfortunately) from the scoring area, the scoring chances at evens would've been 6-9.

On the Vancouver side of things, nothing really pops out as super notable here, as basically every Canuck managed an about even differential in scoring chances, though the Sedins certainly did show that they are still offensive forces, even this late in their careers. What stood out to me most were Bieksa’s numbers here. I’m not sure if his stanchion-assisted goal from a few years ago placed a curse on him or something, but I feel like ever since then, I can’t really remember a game where he did spectacularly against the Sharks (especially a couple seasons ago in the playoffs, where he took quite a few unnecessary penalties).

Watching the game, Matt Tennyson really stood out to me as a player who was putting in serious work, and who was on the ice when good tings happened for the team, and the numbers here really back that up.  Although the team didn’t manage any scoring chances during his minute and a half of powerplay time, the team managed a +5 scoring chance differential during his just under sixteen minutes of even strength ice time, the best differential on the team by far (excluding his D partner, Irwin).  Hard to tell what the cause of his awesome game was, but I’m willing to bet that playing with Irwin rather than Scott Hannan had a little something to do with it.  That’s definitely a pair that (while they may not excel in the defensive zone) has offensive talent, and I think it would be a very good idea by the coaching staff to revisit this pairing to see if they can sustain numbers even somewhat similar to these.

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 1 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
8 3 2 0.67 3 2 0.67 100% 1
10 5 1 0.20 1 1 1.00 20% 0
12 8 2 0.25 3 1 0.33 38% 2
15 1 1 1.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 1
19 7 4 0.57 2 1 0.50 29% 0
38 1 0 0.00 1 0 0.00 100% 0
39 0 1 #DIV/0! 0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 1
44 3 1 0.33 1 1 1.00 33% 0
48 5 2 0.40 4 2 0.50 80% 1
52 4 2 0.50 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
57 4 1 0.25 4 1 0.25 100% 0
61 2 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
68 3 3 1.00 1 0 0.00 33% 0
80 2 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
83 9 2 0.22 5 2 0.40 56% 1
88 2 1 0.50 1 1 1.00 50% 0
89 7 6 0.86 3 1 0.33 43% 0
Team 67 29 0.43 29 13 0.45 43% 7
Opp 58 30 0.52 34 22 0.65 59% 6

Vancouver

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
VAN3 3 1 0.33 1 0 0.00 33% 0
VAN5 1 0 0.00 1 0 0.00 100% 0
VAN6 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0
VAN7 1 0 0.00 1 0 0.00 100% 1
VAN8 5 2 0.40 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
VAN13 2 3 1.50 2 3 1.50 100% 2
VAN14 5 4 0.80 2 2 1.00 40% 1
VAN15 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0
VAN17 4 1 0.25 2 1 0.50 50% 0
VAN18 0 0 #DIV/0! 0 0 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! 0
VAN20 4 2 0.50 4 2 0.50 100% 0
VAN22 6 2 0.33 4 2 0.50 67% 1
VAN23 2 1 0.50 1 1 1.00 50% 0
VAN27 3 0 0.00 0 0 #DIV/0! 0% 0
VAN33 7 4 0.57 6 4 0.67 86% 1
VAN36 8 6 0.75 5 4 0.80 63% 0
VAN51 4 4 1.00 3 3 1.00 75% 0
VAN53 3 0 0.00 2 0 0.00 67% 0
Team 58 30 0.52 34 22 0.65 59% 6

Although the team as a whole did quite a good job of generating shots off of many of the Sharks entries (Pavelski, Thornton, Goodrow, and Karlsson stand out), it's very clear that the Sharks were simply outplayed in the neutral zone this game.  Although the Sharks likely enjoyed having Nieto and his neutral zone artistry back in the lineup, it just wasn't enough to match awesome games by Bonino, Higgins, the Sedins, and Derek Dorsett.  Vancouver obviously didn't manage a large amount of shots on goal last night, but they absolutely wrecked San Jose with their neutral zone play, and certainly made the most out of all their entries, especially their carry-ins.

Entry Targeting

San Jose

Player # # of entry attempts against Carry-ins against Failed entries against Carry % against Break up %
4 7 4 0 57.14 0.00
5 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
8 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
10 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
12 2 0 0 0.00 0.00
13 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
15 2 1 0 50.00 0.00
18 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
19 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
20 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
25 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
27 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
37 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
38 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
39 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
41 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
43 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
44 8 4 1 50.00 12.50
48 3 2 0 66.67 0.00
50 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
52 5 3 1 60.00 20.00
57 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
61 9 4 1 44.44 11.11
68 1 1 0 100.00 0.00
75 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
76 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
80 4 1 0 25.00 0.00
81 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
83 1 1 0 100.00 0.00
88 11 8 1 72.73 9.09
89 3 1 0 33.33 0.00
Team 58 30 4 51.72 6.90

Vancouver

Player # # of entry attempts against Carry-ins against Failed entries against Carry % against Break up %
3 10 2 0 20.00 0.00
5 5 2 0 40.00 0.00
6 8 3 3 37.50 37.50
7 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
8 8 4 1 50.00 12.50
13 1 1 0 100.00 0.00
14 5 1 0 20.00 0.00
15 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
17 1 0 0 0.00 0.00
18 6 4 0 66.67 0.00
20 2 1 0 50.00 0.00
22 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
23 9 4 1 44.44 11.11
27 1 0 1 0.00 100.00
33 3 1 0 33.33 0.00
36 #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
51 4 2 0 50.00 0.00
53 4 3 0 75.00 0.00
Team 69 28 6 40.58 8.70

First below-average game for Dillon defending zone entries in a while, as he allowed four carry-ins against on seven entry attempts against.  It probably doesn't even need to be mentioned, as I think I've taken note of it in every statistical breakdown so far hit season, but Brent Burns is really bad at defending against zone entries.  He's allowed the opposition to gain the zone with control of the puck the majority of their entry attempts against him all season, but his numbers last night were especially bad, as allowing eight carry-ins against on the eleven entries Vancouver attempted against him is just abysmal.

Overall, a pretty good game by the Canucks' D defending San Jose's entry attempts, with only Ryan Stanton having a carry-in against percentage above 50.  I was especially impressed by Yannick Weber's work defending against zone entries in this game.  Though his work on zone exits last night was far from great, he did an excellent job defending the blue line for Vancouver, not only allowing just three carry-ins against on eight entry attempts against, but also denying San Jose on three of those entry attempts.

Zone Exits

San Jose

Player # Touches In-Zone Passes Pass-Outs Carry-Outs Turnovers Icings Overall Success % Exit Success % Turnover %
4 9 6 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 33.33
5 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
8 10 2 4 2 2 0 60.00 75.00 20.00
10 4 1 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 75.00
12 4 2 1 0 1 0 25.00 50.00 25.00
13 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
15 6 3 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 50.00
18 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
19 8 2 2 2 2 0 50.00 66.67 25.00
20 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
25 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
27 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
37 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
38 1 0 0 1 0 0 100.00 100.00 0.00
39 8 1 2 1 3 1 37.50 42.86 37.50
41 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
43 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
44 13 8 0 0 5 0 0.00 0.00 38.46
48 7 4 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 42.86
50 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
52 5 3 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00 40.00
57 5 4 1 0 0 0 20.00 100.00 0.00
61 13 8 0 1 4 0 7.69 20.00 30.77
68 6 1 3 1 0 1 66.67 80.00 0.00
75 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
76 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
80 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 0.00 100.00
81 #DIV/0! #DIV/0! #DIV/0!
83 6 2 1 2 1 0 50.00 75.00 16.67
88 14 8 2 0 4 0 14.29 33.33 28.57
89 6 1 1 2 2 0 50.00 60.00 33.33
Totals: 127 56 17 12 40 2 22.83 40.85 31.50

Vancouver

Player # Touches In-Zone Passes Pass-Outs Carry-Outs Turnovers Icings Overall Success % Exit Success % Turnover %
3 11 6 1 1 3 0 18.18 40.00 27.27
5 13 6 2 1 4 0 23.08 42.86 30.77
6 3 0 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 100.00
7 4 1 0 3 0 0 75.00 100.00 0.00
8 14 7 2 2 3 0 28.57 57.14 21.43
13 6 4 0 1 1 0 16.67 50.00 16.67
14 7 2 1 1 3 0 28.57 40.00 42.86
15 8 6 0 1 1 0 12.50 50.00 12.50
17 5 0 0 3 1 1 60.00 60.00 20.00
18 8 5 0 0 3 0 0.00 0.00 37.50
20 5 2 2 1 0 0 60.00 100.00 0.00
22 7 4 0 2 1 0 28.57 66.67 14.29
23 19 11 2 2 4 0 21.05 50.00 21.05
27 2 0 0 1 1 0 50.00 50.00 50.00
33 9 4 1 3 1 0 44.44 80.00 11.11
36 6 1 1 1 3 0 33.33 40.00 50.00
51 7 2 0 2 3 0 28.57 40.00 42.86
53 5 2 0 2 1 0 40.00 66.67 20.00
Totals: 139 63 12 27 36 1 28.06 51.32 25.90

Although quite a few Shark forwards had good games exiting the zone last night (Goodrow, Karlsson, and Nieto, just to name a few), the defense took an unfortunate step back from their seemingly-improving numbers from their last few games.  Although Burns managed two successful breakouts, the rest of the Sharks' D only managed one (although Tennyson only having two "touches" likely had some impact on that), a big reason why, once again, San Jose was outplayed by their opposition, when it came to zone exits.

Much like the game against the Kings, I came away from looking at these numbers with a sort of jealousy of other teams' D, and their ability to exit the zone successfully.  The Sharks obviously have a system that works for them, so if it means that they're D don't always have the greatest zone exit numbers, so be it.  But it really is hard to look at San Jose's exit numbers some nights when you have the opposition's D managing over four times as many successful breakouts as the Sharks' D.