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Burns addition should supply needed blue-line offense

Saturday, 10.01.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Advantage Margin: +15

The Sharks were the best in the League on the power play at home (26.8 percent), and had 29 more chances than they allowed at HP Pavilion. On the road, the differential was minus-14.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +11

Luckily for the Sharks, their power play was second in the NHL in percentage (23.5) and third in goals (68) -- because the penalty-killers were just 24th at 79.6 percent

Goals by defensemen: 27

The lack of scoring from the blue line (no one other than Dan Boyle, with nine goals, had more than four goals or 24 points) was a big reason for the deal that brought Brent Burns and his 17 goals to San Jose.

Overtime Record

Total: 10-4-5 OT: 5-4 SO: 5-5


SAN JOSE SHARKS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 105 (2nd West/5th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 -8
Home Points 55 (3rd West/4th NHL)
Road Points 50 (3rd West/6th NHL)
The Sharks were 2-3 in shootouts at home and now are 12-21 in the tiebreaker at home; they went 3-2 away from HP Pavilion and are 15-10 all-time on the road.

Times Scored First: 43

Record: 32-6-5


The Sharks lost only twice in regulation (18-2-3) in the 23 home games in which they scored first. Their overall .744 winning percentage was sixth.

Best 2010-11 Number: 94

Goals scored by the Sharks in the second period, tying them with Philadelphia for the most of any team. San Jose outscored its opponents 94-69 in the middle period.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 2-6-0

San Jose's combined record on Fridays (2-3-0) and Sundays (0-3-0), nullifying some of the benefits of their 16-5-2 mark on Saturdays.

Scheduling

The Sharks have the unusual mix for Western teams -- long trips and lengthy homestands. San Jose has a six-game homestand in November and four- and six-gamers in December. The Sharks also have a six-game trip to close October and a nine-game marathon through the East and Midwest in February. They finish with eight of 13 at home.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory