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Shark Odds & Ends
Some points to ponder
11/6/11 - By Mike Lee -

• Arguably the best player on the ice for the Sharks this season has been Joe Pavelski, who sits 10th in the league in scoring (9 goals, 6 assists). Pavelski has been one of the Sharks most consistent skater through the first 12 games of the season, earning a spot on the top line and the biggest block of ice time among San Jose's forwards. Pavelski has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight games and has seven multi-point games this season.

• Speaking of top scorers, former Sharks forward Milan Michalek is ranked near the top with his 15 points (9 goals, 5 assists). Michalek’s point production has been attributed to playing with the same linemates this season. He’s no longer then new guy in Ottawa, and has blossomed early this season. Timeless wonder Ray Witney is also off to a hot start, leading the Phoenix Coyotes with his 6 goals and 8 assists.

• With 24 hours past and a chance to absorb Saturday night’s overtime loss to the Nashville Predators, it’s easy to fault the team of for coughing up their 2-goal lead in the 3rd period, but the Sharks had a golden opportunity to make it all right when they were awarded a power play with a minute left in regulation. The league’s 6th ranked power play unit didn’t get the job done. That included a minute of 4-on-3 time, which was squandered by a lack of tempo on the man-advantage.

• Speaking of special teams, what happened to the penalty kill. Traditionally one of the league’s best, San Jose ranks 29th of 30 teams on the PK. Their 73.2% efficiency leads only the Toronto Maple Leafs (70.9%). The good news is San Jose has allowed the 3rd fewest number of power plays to opposing teams (41). By comparison, Ottawa has allowed 68 power plays.

• 1992 1st round pick Andrei Nazarov made waves this week after he went postal on fans from behind the bench of his Vityaz team in a KHL game this weekend. Nazarov was a bit miffed by Dinamo Minsk fans who threw things onto Vityaz bench. See the video of his reaction. See the video here:



• The Worcester Express made a departure from San Jose on Sunday with Benn Ferriero being sent back to the Sharks top minor league affiliate. Ferriero has a goal in 4 games this season in San Jose.

• A month into the season, it’s hard to say where the Sharks stand in comparison to seasons past. It is after all just 12 games into an 82 game schedule. Their 7-4-1 record is actually better then last year, when the team amassed a 6-5-1 record through their first 12 games. Last year’s team didn’t have as much roster turnover, so it will interesting to see how this team sizes up after they’ve had a chance to gel.

• Martin Havlat was acquired for the explicit purpose of helping to initiate offense. He hasn’t disappointed yet, averaging a point a game. Havlat missed the first 4 games of the year while nursing an injury, but the Czech has been lights out since joining in on the regular season in New Jersey when the Sharks kicked off their recently completed 6-game road trip. Havlat bagged his first goal of the season Saturday night.

• With his two assists on Saturday night, Joe Thornton moved into a tie with former Shark Jeremy Roenick for 49th on the all-time assists list with 703. Teemu Selanne, Jean Beliveau and Scott Stevens are next on the list. All have 712 career assists, although Selanne is still active.

• San Jose will square off against the Los Angeles Kings for the first time since last spring’s playoff series. The Kings were eliminated by the Sharks in 6 games by San Jose. The two teams both have 15 points, although the Sharks have a game in hand. They lost to the Penguins in the shootout on Saturday night. Anze Kopitar leads the team in scoring with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists). Jonathan Quick is among league leaders in goals against (1.68).




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