Sharks vs. Avalanche: By the numbers
A look at the numbers behind the Sharks' 3-2 overtime loss to Colorado.
|Player||TOI||Corsi For||Corsi Against||Corsi +/-||Chances For||Chances Against||Chances +/-|
- Tim Kennedy was only on the ice for five Sharks shot attempts at even-strength last night but four of those attempts were scoring chances. Bizarre but impressive game for TK.
- Burish was once again deployed almost exclusively in the defensive zone, which explains the horrendous shot differential, but this is another example of how faceoffs just don't mean a whole lot. He won all five of the defensive-zone draws he took but the Sharks were still completely shelled with him on the ice.
- They scored against the Blues but the third line didn't have the greatest weekend at either end of the rink. I wonder if placing Havlat on the right wing when he heals would boost that group but having James Sheppard as a designated sniper seems like a bad idea.
- Overall, just one of the worst performances of the season across the board. I'm puzzled by some of the positive comments made to the media after this one. Yes, Thornton and Couture combined for a nice play to tie the game and at least secure a point. They also lost the game. If you're going to ignore results to emphasize process, there isn't anything to like about the Sharks' process. They were heavily outshot and outchanced at evens by a team that held a lead for the majority of the game and has arguably the worst blue line in the West. They yielded four consecutive grade-A chances to close out overtime, the final one beating Niemi at the buzzer. This isn't a game to be proud of./
For more information on what these numbers mean, head here for an in-depth explanation of Corsi and here for more details on scoring chances.