SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski did not participate in the Sharks’ practice this morning and took the day off due to a maintenance day, according to San Jose head coach Pete DeBoer.
With Pavelski out, Matt Nieto wore a white jersey along with Joe Thornton and Mikkel Boedker in his place. The rest of the lines remained unchanged from the Sharks’ 2-1 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks last night.
Nieto, who was scratched along with Dylan DeMelo last night, was one of the last Sharks off of the ice this morning. As practice was winding down, DeMelo and Nieto skated “suicides” between the bluelines under the direction of assistant coach Bob Boughner.
Micheal Haley, who took Nieto’s place on the fourth line, was one of the first players to leave the ice. DeBoer said decisions for the lineup against Columbus tomorrow night will be made tomorrow morning.
DeBoer has changed his lineup after a win once this season. After Haley played 8:59 in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders eight days ago, DeBoer scratched Haley in favor of Matt Nieto for the Sharks’ next game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If today’s practice is any indication, San Jose may not make any changes to its lineup tomorrow night.
DeBoer says goals will come for “unlucky” Sharks
Through seven games, the Sharks have scored just 16 goals. They’ve scored 2.29 goals per game, which is the fifth fewest in the league, despite sitting fourth in score-adjusted Corsi and Fenwick, according to Puck on Net. Pete DeBoer said the Sharks have “been a little unlucky.”
“We’ve put a lot of pressure on the other team five-on-five, and the puck’s bounced, or we just haven’t finished, and I think we’re getting some chances,” DeBoer said. “Most nights we’re out-chancing the other team, and usually that’s a formula for success for us.”
The numbers bear that out. The Sharks are scoring on 7.1% of their shots, second lowest in the league according to SportingCharts. That, combined with a .891 SV%, despite allowing the second-fewest shots per game of any team, adds up to the fourth-lowest PDO in the league.
“We’re getting good, sustained pressure from [our defensemen], and I think the production is just a matter of time, just like our forwards five-on-five,” DeBoer said.
Quote of the Day
I asked DeBoer today why the Sharks have allowed the second-fewest shots per game in the league. His answer should make puck possession proponents very happy.
We’re defending well. I think that’s our team defense, and that starts with us controlling the play. Playing in the other team’s end, putting pressure on the other team. I think that’s something we’ve prided ourselves on all the way back to the beginning of last year. I think for us, if we continue to do that, that gives you a chance to win every night.