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Nov 2, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Phoenix Coyotes center Antoine Vermette (50) scores the winning goal against San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) during a shootout at SAP Center at San Jose. Phoenix Coyotes won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Battle Phoenix Coyotes in Season Finale: Game Preview

The San Jose Sharks are playing their final regulation game against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight in Arizona. Coming off of an amazing home finale — beating the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 — will hopefully give them the motivation to end on an awesome note.

But coach Todd McLellan doesn’t want the team to be too nonchalant. He stated, “I still have concerns going into tomorrow’s game. It’s at the end of the year when your minds are almost moving on the play against L.A., then you still have to play these game.”

The boys need to keep their heads in the game and end the regular season with a huge two points.

Tale of the Tape

Sharks

  • Goals for per game: 2.95 (7th)
  • Goals against per game: 2.36 (6th)
  • Shots per game: 34.8 (1st)
  • Shots against per game: 27.8 (6th)
  • Penalty minutes: 735 (5th)
  • Power play percentage: 17.0% (20th)
  • Penalty kill percentage: 84.9% (6th)

Coyotes:

  • Goals for per game: 2.58 (19th)
  • Goals against per game: 2.75 (11th)
  • Shots per game: 30.5 (13th)
  • Shots against per game: 32.2 (24th)
  • Penalty minutes: 798 (9th)
  • Power play percentage: 20.3% (4th)
  • Penalty kill percentage: 79.4% (26th)

Top Performers

Sharks: Joe Pavelski (39 G, 38 A),  Joe Thornton (11 G, 64 A), Patrick Marleau (313G, 36 A)

Coyotes: Keith Yandle (8 G, 45 A), Mikkel Boedker (19 G, 31 A), Radim Vrbata (20 G, 30 A)

Injury Report

Sharks: S. Hannan, R. Torres, A. Burrish

Coyotes: M. Hanzel, M. Smith

Probable Lines

SAN JOSE (50-22-9)

Forwards

Thornton – Pavelski – Burns

Marleau – Couture – Hertl

Wingels – Sheppard – Kennedy

Brown – Desjardins – Havlat

Defense

Braun – Demers

Irwin – Boyle

Stuar – Hannan

Goalie

Niemi

Stalock

PHOENIX (36-29-15)

Forwards

Boedker – Vermette – Doan

Erat – Chipchura – Vrbata

McMillan – Ribeiro – Moss

Klinkhammer – Halpern – Korpikoski

Defense

Ekman-Larsson – Michalek

Yandle – Stone

Summers – Morris

Goalie

Greiss

Visentin

Game Info

Opening Face-off: 6:00 PM PST

Location: Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ

TV: LOCAL

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