Tag: Timo Meier

Sharks Win In Overtime To Take Pacific Division Lead

The Sharks found themselves in the perfect position this afternoon. They were one point behind the Flames for the first spot in the division. As Saturday’s early slate of games got started the Sharks were the last one of the two to end at 7 PM(EST).

The Sharks took on the St. Louis Blues another team looking to gain some traction in the Central division and making a run for the playoffs. The Sharks and Blues have played two times before their final meeting of the regular season. The Blues took the first one 4-0, Sharks won the second one 4-0. But the last time these tow played was November 17th, 2018. Fast forward three and a half months. The Sharks were at 88 points heading into Saturdays game and ended up leaving with 90 points and the Pacific division.

The game started a little slow with no action in the first 10 minutes. Patrick Maroon of the Blues scored his 5th goal (power play). Five and a half minutes later the Sharks found themselves on the power play in which Timo Meier found his 25th of the season and tied the game all up at one. Moments to go (26.7 seconds) in the 1st period Meier scored his 2nd of the game and career high 26th goal of the season. Meier started the break out followed up by Logan Couture play in the neutral zone and after the Sharks gained offensive zone pressure and completed a cycle, Meier went to the net and found a perfectly placed puck on his stick sent by Couture to make the game 2-1.

With literal seconds to go in the 2nd period the Blues tied the game at two off a Brayden Schenn (13) power play goal. Schenn gathered the puck on the wall, drove the net and meant to pass the puck across the crease to Tyler Bozak but Sharks defenseman intercepted it but just left it there. In which Schenn picked it up and back handed it home for a 2-2 game.

In the third period the Sharks were clearly frustrated and not happy with the Blues 2 seconds to spare second period goal. The Sharks peppered Jake Allen with 15 shots in the 3rd period but Allen turned away all 15, stopping 30 of 33 shots in Saturday’s game. Both sides could not find the back of the net, the Blues only managed 4 shots in the third period and 19 all game.

The game went to 3 v 3 overtime. The Sharks re-gathered in the neutral zone, Hertl started with the puck, Kevin Labanc and Logan Couture swung to gather speed. Labanc went middle, Couture went wide, Lebanc dished it to Couture and drove the net for a pass back and the game-winning goal(12).

The power play was a huge key in this game as both teams converted on their power play chances and a major reason the game went to overtime. The Blues went 2/3 on the man advantage, the Sharks 1/2. The Blues won the face-off circle 60 percent to 40 percent, Blues out hit the Sharks 19 to 14, Blues had less giveaways 10 to 12 and more takeaways 14 to 12. But the Sharks dominated in shots 33 to 19 without Allen’s stellar third period it could have been a 5-2 game.

The Sharks now have control of first place in the Pacific division. With 12 games remaining the Sharks have a chance to avoid the former Stanley Cup appearing Golden Knights and play a weaker first round opponent. The Sharks have the Wild, Jets, Florida, Nashville, Vegas(2), Kings, Anaheim, Detroit, Chicago, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Colorado to finish the season. Based off their schedule they are at a great advantage here as long as they beat Vegas and Calgary when they play them in March they should remain in first place.

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Fantasy Hockey Top 5 players of the week (Oct.22-28)

A new edition to the website, fantasy hockey players of the week! We will do this based off points, power play points, goals, assists, shots on goal and time on ice! The first player on the first ever players of the week edition is…

  1. Anders Lee: Averaging 17:27 time on ice this week, burying 2 goals with 5 helpers playing in 3 games, his team winning two of the three. Lee played a major role in his teams success and tallying 7 points in 3 games is unreal.
  2. Mark Scheifele: Winnipeg played 4 games this week, 2 at home two on the road. A long week for Scheifele and he still managed to tally 4 goals, 3 assists and 3 power play points, while averaging 24 minutes a game. Won’t be the last for Scheifele.
  3. Ryan O’Reilly: St. Louis played 3 games this week and O’Reilly averaged 20:11 minutes a game with 2 goals and 5 assists along with 3 power play points and 12 shots on net. O’Reilly has been on a role early and seems to be loving St. Louis.
  4. Timo Meier: Being with Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl is paying off dividends for Meier in 3 games this week Meier managed to score 4 goals and tally 2 helpers with 2 power play points. Playing around 17:09 a game Meier may be a player we see more often on this list.
  5. Filip Forsberg: After a hattrick in Nashville’s 5-3 loss to Edmonton. Forsberg scored the only goals for Nashville while he managed to score a goal in the other two games this week. Forsberg now has 10 goals on the year and is gunning for hopefully reaching that 40-goal mark. This for sure will not be the last time we see Forsberg on this list.

Fantasy Hockey sleepers round two: Meier ready for next step, Berglund new role in Buffalo…

Timo Meier: Timo, had a solid year in first full season with the Sharks. Tucking 21 goals in 81 games with 15 assists the young left winger really stepped up in crucial times last year for San Jose. Playing alongside two other young guns, Meier has a chance to be the scorer on line three for San Jose next year. Skating along Chris Tierney and Kevin Labanc who had a combined 56 assists, these three have a big opportunity to play some big minutes next year. Meier was the only one out of those three to score 20 plus last year and he is also said to be slotted on 2nd powerplay unit. If it comes down to a shot in the dark or a sure fire 40 point guy come draft time, go with Meier.

Andre Burakovsky: Burakovsky ripped it up in the playoffs this past year that was him time to shine and he made the most of it. Only playing in 56 games last year and tallying 12 goals and 13 assists is a good sign for the young shifty left winger. Burakovsky as we saw in the playoffs possess the skill to score, if he can string together a full season and stay healthy, he has potential to be a 50 point guy. Right now it is said he will be slotted on third line with Lars Eller and Bret Connolly, this line in the playoffs were a great two-way line. If Eller and Burakovsky can click the way did in the playoffs it is a great idea to look for Burakovsky late in the draft.

Patrik Berglund: Berglund has always been a guy who flew under the radar coming from St. Louis surrounded by talent like Braydon Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Tarasenko, Alexander Steen, Robby Fabbri, Alex Pietrangelo, etc. Berglund never got the love he deserved. Now heading to Buffalo with a change of scenery may be good for the 30-year-old forward. As of now, Berglund is slotted on the third line with other veteran forward James Pominville and other St. Louis teammate Vladimir Sobotka. Berglund has a chance to move up to the second line if Mittlestadt does not pan out but either way being under the wing of a beloved Sabre like Pominville will make Berglund’s transition easier. Berglund tallied 17 goals and 9 assists in 57 games, the year before he tucked 23 goals in 82 games Berglund has the potential to be the scorer on that line if Pominville can get out of his rut form last year this is going to be a solid third line. Definitely keep Bergs on your radar come draft time.

Alec Martinez: Martinez is a top four defenseman in L.A. but does not get the attention he should. And with Dion Phaneuf came over at the deadline it put Martinez in the lime light even more. Martinez can easily be a top four defenseman anywhere, he can play both sides of the puck well but is more known for his defensive game. Last year he had 9 goals 16 assists in 77 games, logging 25 minutes per game. He may have had a “down” year but Martinez has Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty and now Dion Phaneuf to compete with. The positive though is that Martinez is definitely the fire power on that second defensive line for L.A and is slotted on the second power play unit. A solid 30 minimum and potential to be a 40 point defenseman. If Martinez is floating around in the later rounds, give him a shot!

Brady Skeji: With his new six-year contract the pressure is on for Rangers young defenseman Brady Skeji. Skeji will be tasked with power play time, top two defensive minutes and helping mold all these young defenseman in the Rangers organization. Last season was Skeji second full season, while he dipped 13 points his ice time did increase 3.5 minutes for the year. Skeji scored 4 goals and 21 assists in 82 games last year, while he is now adjusted to that 20 plus minutes per game regime, we can expect Skeji to be a big part in that Rangers d-core next year. Skeji will be running the power play two while logging top-two d minutes, a lot to handle for the 24-year-old defenseman which is why a lot teams will sleep on Skeji. It is worth a gamble for him due to the amount of time he will be seeing next year. I know Skeji will be on my sleeper radar, he should be for you too!