Sharks vs. Kings Scoring Chances - Game 4

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings collides with Jonathan Quick #32 in the net as Joe Pavelski #8 of the San Jose Sharks tries to score in the first period of game four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on April 21, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

When that shark bites with his teeth, dear
Scarlet billows they begin to spread

--Frank Sinatra, "Mack the Knife"

The scarlet billows are the sign that the Kings are bleeding out.  For the second game in the series, Brad Richards' Swedish cousin was the Kings' best center.  And while it's exciting to see an unknown step into the void left by Anze Kopitar's injury, Richardson is getting little help.  Kopitar was a power-versus-power forward and Jarret Stoll's new role as power guy isn't working out.  He's -11 in scoring chance differential in three games.  Michal Handzus, the other center tasked with playing a power role is -11 in four games.  Meanwhile, Richardson is now +7 CD for the series.  The Kings have no one to play the toughs and Murray has no options.

Scoring Chances - San Jose vs. Los Angeles, 4.21.2011

NHL Game Number 30164


Team Totals, San Jose in Teal


Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 8 7 1 5 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 0
2 4 5 1 4 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
3 3 8 3 4 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0
Totals 15 20 5 13 4 3 4 3 1 1 0 0
San Jose has no gone two straight games with only one even strength scoring chance in the first.  The power play prevented a game three repeat.

 

Scoring Chances by Player - San Jose

# Player EV PP SH
3 Douglas Murray  13:12 2 9 0:00 0 1 5:03 0 0
7 Niclas Wallin  14:42 2 3 0:30 0 2 2:30 1 0
8 Joe Pavelski  12:25 2 1 3:38 0 3 4:09 1 0
9 Ian White  14:55 2 2 4:08 4 2 2:30 1 1
10 Jamal Mayers  4:45 1 1 0:25 0 0 0:00 0 0
12 Patrick Marleau  12:22 3 5 4:56 1 0 2:36 1 0
15 Dany Heatley  11:54 0 5 4:11 4 0 1:52 0 1
16 Devin Setoguchi  11:49 1 5 3:29 0 0 0:00 0 0
17 Torrey Mitchell  11:21 2 2 0:24 0 0 1:44 0 0
19 Joe Thornton  11:47 3 4 4:28 1 0 3:01 0 0
20 Kyle Wellwood  13:06 3 1 0:01 0 1 0:08 0 0
21 Scott Nichol  5:33 0 2 0:00 0 1 1:13 0 0
22 Dan Boyle  13:57 2 11 5:39 1 1 3:22 0 1
29 Ryane Clowe  12:15 0 2 4:23 4 0 0:00 0 1
31 Antti Niemi  41:28 5 13 8:11 3 3 10:02 1 1
39 Logan Couture  11:02 0 6 3:51 3 0 2:35 0 1
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic  15:06 1 1 0:11 0 1 4:58 0 0
55 Ben Eager  2:54 0 4 0:24 0 0 0:00 0 0
60 Jason Demers  12:15 1 1 2:11 3 0 2:29 0 0

 

San Jose - Best and Worst

Top ES Forward:  Kyle Wellwood +2

Bottom ES Forward:  Logan Couture -6

Top ES Defenseman:  Ian White, Jason Demers, Marc-Edouard Vlasic EVEN

Bottom ES Defenseman:  Dan Boyle -9

Dan Boyle wasn't happy with his +9 in game three, so he chose to even that out with his -9.  Logan Couture had his worst playoff game as a Shark with his -6 and 0 CF.

The Sharks have developed a habit of trying to break out up the middle in traffic.  Ryane Clowe and Dany Heatley seem particularly bad at this lately and against better teams, the Sharks are going to get their tails kicked if they continue those lazy center breakouts.

Scoring Chances by Player - Los Angeles

# Player EV PP SH
2 Matt Greene  11:03 2 1 0:00 0 1 2:15 0 0
3 Jack Johnson  16:07 4 2 7:32 3 3 2:01 1 1
7 Rob Scuderi  14:26 3 2 0:00 0 2 4:24 1 0
8 Drew Doughty  15:49 7 2 7:26 3 0 3:12 0 1
13 Kyle Clifford  12:06 6 1 0:07 0 0 0:24 0 0
14 Justin Williams  11:18 1 1 3:43 0 0 0:00 0 0
15 Brad Richardson  13:02 10 2 0:07 0 0 1:28 1 0
17 Wayne Simmonds  12:34 9 1 0:07 0 0 0:00 0 0
19 Kevin Westgarth  7:41 2 0 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
22 Trevor Lewis  9:21 2 1 3:21 0 3 3:58 1 0
23 Dustin Brown  9:10 1 3 6:25 3 1 2:13 0 1
25 Dustin Penner  8:12 2 2 2:44 0 0 0:00 0 0
26 Michal Handzus  9:21 1 2 6:12 3 1 4:19 0 1
27 Alexei Ponikarovsky  8:48 3 1 0:00 0 2 0:16 0 0
28 Jarret Stoll  10:01 0 0 4:38 0 1 2:22 0 0
32 Jonathan Quick  41:28 13 5 10:02 3 4 8:30 1 1
33 Willie Mitchell  15:29 7 2 0:00 0 2 4:44 0 0
53 Alec Martinez  10:10 3 1 2:36 0 0 0:24 0 0
94 Ryan Smyth  10:42 2 1 5:12 3 0 0:38 0 1

 

Los Angeles - Best and Worst

Top ES Forward:  Brad Richardson, Wayne Simmonds +8

Bottom ES Forward:  Dustin Brown -2

Top ES Defenseman:  Drew Doughty, Willie Mitchell +5

Bottom ES Defenseman:  Matt Greene, Rob Scuderi +1

Brad Richardson was +8 and Wayne Simmonds was +8.  They absolutely dominated as Richardson returned to his game two form as his line did well against everything the Sharks could counter with.  The Kings have three third centers right now and that's doing them in.

 

Head-to-Head Even Strength Scoring Chances

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Scoring Chances by Period, Time and Game State

Team Period Time Note San Jose Sharks Los Angeles Kings State
LAK 1 15:26 Johnson 3 12 16 19 22 31 3 7 13 15 17 32 5v5
LAK 1 13:45 Simmonds 3 15 22 31 39 55 8 15 17 27 32 33 5v5
LAK 1 13:31 Simmonds 3 15 22 31 39 55 8 13 15 17 32 33 5v5
LAK 1 13:04 Clifford 3 15 22 31 39 55 8 13 15 17 32 33 5v5
SJS 1 11:27 Pavelski 9 12 15 29 39 60 2 22 26 32 33
5v4
SJS 1 11:21 Pavelski 8 12 15 19 22 31 7 26 32 33

5v3
SJS 1 10:49 Heatley 8 12 15 19 22 31 7 22 32 33

5v3
SJS 1 10:22 Boyle 12 16 22 29 31 39 7 8 26 32

5v3
SJS 1 10:06 Clowe 12 16 22 29 31 39 7 8 26 32

5v3
SJS 1 9:32 White 9 15 19 22 29 31 3 23 28 32 33
5v4
LAK 1 7:36 Simmonds 3 10 21 22 31 55 2 13 15 17 32 53 5v5
SJS 1 7:27 Marleau 7 8 9 12 31
3 8 23 26 32 94 4v5
LAK 1 5:48 Brown 7 8 9 20 31
3 8 23 26 32 94 4v5
LAK 1 5:26 Johnson 3 8 22 31 44
3 8 23 26 32 94 4v5
SJS 1 1:32 Marleau 7 9 10 12 19 31 8 22 23 27 32 33 5v5
LAK 2 18:55 Lewis 3 15 22 29 31 39 3 7 19 22 27 32 5v5
SJS 2 14:49 Goal - Demers 15 31 39 44 60
3 22 27 32 53
4v4
LAK 2 10:52 Richardson 9 15 22 29 31 39 3 7 15 22 32
5v4
SJS 2 10:33 Couture 9 15 29 31 39 60 3 7 22 27 32
5v4
SJS 2 10:33 Goal - Clowe 9 15 29 31 39 60 3 7 22 27 32
5v4
LAK 2 9:01 Simmonds 7 12 16 19 22 31 8 15 17 32 33 94 5v5
LAK 2 9:01 Goal - Richardson 7 12 16 19 22 31 8 15 17 32 33 94 5v5
SJS 2 4:52 Setoguchi 3 12 16 19 22 31 3 7 23 25 26 32 5v5
LAK 2 1:10 Richardson 3 9 12 21 22 31 8 14 15 25 32 33 5v5
SJS 3 17:33 Goal - Thornton 12 19 20 44 60 31 2 14 15 53 94 32 5v5
SJS 3 16:39 Goal - Pavelski 3 8 17 20 22 31 3 7 23 25 26 32 5v5
LAK 3 13:10 Brown 7 8 9 21 31
3 8 23 26 94 32 4v5
LAK 3 11:06 Simmonds 3 16 17 22 39 31 3 13 15 17 53 32 5v5
LAK 3 9:10 Mitchell 3 12 16 19 22 31 8 23 25 26 33 32 5v5
SJS 3 8:18 Goal - Mitchell 7 8 9 17 20 31 8 13 15 17 33 32 5v5
LAK 3 7:55 Simmonds 7 8 9 17 20 31 2 13 15 17 53 32 5v5
LAK 3 6:50 Goal - Ponikarovsky 15 29 39 44 60 31 3 7 19 22 27 32 5v5
LAK 3 2:39 Stoll 3 12 44 31

3 8 23 26 28 32 3v5
LAK 3 2:39 Brown 3 12 44 31

3 8 23 26 28 32 3v5
LAK 3 2:05 Doughty 3 12 44 31

3 8 23 26 28 32 3v5

 

Two goals, those from Willie Mitchell and Jason Williams, were not recorded as scoring chances.  It's the first game I've ever tracked in which more than one goal has not been labeled a scoring chance.

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