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Numbers lined up for Sharks last season

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

SAN JOSE SHARKS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 108
(2nd West/2nd NHL)
Change from 2006-07 +1
Home Points 50
(7th West/12th NHL)
Away Points 58
(1st West/1st NHL)

Advantage Margin            +64


The Sharks were among the NHL's most disciplined teams, allowing opponents only 310 power plays. At home, they earned 206 advantages while surrendering just 149.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        +7

The Sharks actually allowed seven more even-strength goals than they scored at home, but more than made up the difference away from the Shark Tank, where they allowed only 88 non-shootout goals.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        +24       

The Sharks scored 70 power-play goals, allowed just 44 and posted a League-leading 85.8 penalty-kill percentage. They killed off 89.4 percent of power plays on the road.

Goals by defensemen            26

The Sharks got little offense from their blue line until Brian Campbell (3-16-19 in 20 games) arrived on trade-deadline day. Campbell left as a free agent, but the arrivals of Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay and Rob Blake from Los Angeles should more than make up for his departure.

Overtime Record             Total: 9-4-6 | OT: 3-4 | SO: 6-6


The Sharks won four of their six shootouts on the road thanks to their shooters -- San Jose scored 11 times in 20 tries, a .550 success rate in a League where the average was .325. Overall, Joe Pavelski was 7-for-11, tying him for the most shootout goals in the NHL.
   
Times Scored First        56, Record    38-13-5       

Among last season's most incredible stats -- the Sharks scored first in 33 of their 41 road games, going 22-8-3. They did tie for the most losses in games when scoring first, but were tied for second in wins when getting the first goal.

Best 2007-08 Number         10

Game-winning goals by Jeremy Roenick, who became a folk hero in San Jose by hitting double-figures in game-winners despite scoring just 14 times overall. He also was among the League-leaders with three shootout winners.

Worst 2007-08 Number          41

Gap between the point total of leading scorer Joe Thornton (96) and runner-up Milan Michalek (55). The Sharks desperately need more scoring balance.       
   
Scheduling

The Sharks play 11 of their first 18 games at home and have only one trip longer than four games. From Jan. 13-Feb. 5, they play seven of eight at home before their one long Eastern trip.

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