Sharks-Coyotes at a glance

Sharks-Coyotes at a glance
April 24, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Raffi Torres has two goals and four assists for six points to go along with 37 hits in his first nine games with his new team. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Where they stand
Sharks: 25-14-7, 55 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Coyotes: 19-18-8, 46 points, 5th Pacific Division, 11th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.46 (22nd)
Goals-against per game: 2.33 (6th)
Power play: 20.4 percent (11th)
Penalty kill: 85.2 percent (6th)

Coyotes
Goals per game: 2.44 (23rd)
Goals-against per game: 2.60 (15th)
Power play: 14.0 percent (28th)
Penalty kill: 80.5 percent (19th)

Probable lines

Sharks
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Raffi Torres - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins - Scott Gomez - Adam Burish


Scott Hannan – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin – Brad Stuart


Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Coyotes
Radim Vrbata – Martin Hanzal – Shane Doan
Lauri Korpikoski – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker
Chris Conner – Boyd Gordon – David Moss
Paul Bissonnette – Alex Bolduc – Kyle Chipchura

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle – David Schlemko
Rostislav Klesla – Michael Stone

Mike Smith
Jason LaBarbera

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Raffi Torres. The winger is proving to be an ideal pickup at the trade deadline, and after scoring his second goal with the Sharks on Tuesday, has two goals and four assists for six points in his first nine games with his new team. He’s brought a physical element, too, with 37 hits over that span.

Coyotes: Mike Smith. The Sharks have avoided seeing the goaltender in three of the four games in the season series, but he recorded a shutout against the Sharks on Feb. 9 in a 1-0 shootout win. Smith shut out the Sharks three times last season, too, and has a 2.10 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in 11 career games against San Jose (6-3-1).

Last game

Sharks: Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored in the third period to give the Sharks a 3-2, come-from-behind win over the Dallas Stars at home on Tuesday. Raffi Torres added a goal on the power play in the first period, and goaltender Antti Niemi made 24 saves as San Jose clinched a playoff spot for the ninth straight season.

Coyotes: Jimmy Howard stopped all 34 shots he faced in blanking the Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena on Monday, 4-0. Johan Franzen had two goals and Henrik Zetterberg collected three assists. Mike Smith made 19 saves in the loss, in which the Red Wings scored three power play goals. Phoenix has lost four of five (1-2-2).

Injuries

Sharks: Jason Demers (left ankle sprain) is out.

Coyotes: Derek Morris (lower body) and Rob Klinkhammer (concussion) are out.

Season series

The Sharks have won three of four games in the season series against the Coyotes, including the most recent matchup at Jobing.com Arena on April 15, 4-0. San Jose’s only loss came in a shootout on Feb. 9, 1-0.

Joe Pavelski (2g, 4a) and Joe Thornton (1g, 5a) lead the Sharks in scoring against Phoenix with six points, while Patrick Marleau has two goals and three assists for five points. Antti Niemi has played all four games and is 3-0-1 with a 1.20 goals-against average and .958 save percentage.

Quoteable

“Of course, that’s an honor for me. I don’t really want to think about that too much, but it tells that I’ve had a pretty good year.” – Antti Niemi, on winning the team’s Player of the Year award