My Favorite Karlsson Stat, Sharks Chasing Horrific Home History
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Sheng Peng: The San Jose Sharks are chasing all kinds of NHL history with just nine games left in the regular season.
It’s not just Erik Karlsson, who’s got 90 points in 73 games, and is trying to be the first defenseman since Brian Leetch in 1991-92 to score over 100 points in a season.
That’s not my favorite Karlsson stat though. He’s got 59 points at 5-on-5 this year, that leads the NHL – more than even Connor McDavid, who has 55.
Of course, not all the history is positive.
The Sharks have just six home wins this season. Six home wins in 35 home games. As it stands, that’s a franchise-worst.
(SJHN Note: It’s now seven home wins after a 3-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets tonight)
The 1992-93 San Jose Sharks, the worst team in franchise history – they had just 11 wins the whole season – even they managed eight home wins.
On top of that, the Sharks look like they’re going to be the first team in the salary cap era – since 2005-06 – to fail to get to double-digit home wins in a full year.
The Sharks have five more home games, including tonight, to rectify that.
Here’s a franchise record that the Sharks have already set: They’ve got 15 overtime/shootout losses, that’s already a team record.
They’ve got an outside shot at the all-time overtime/shootout losses record of 18, set by four other NHL teams.
Anyway, let’s end with a couple of interesting individual San Jose Sharks marks.
James Reimer has an .891 Save % – he’s never had a season under .900 in his 13-year NHL career. He’ll need to stop all of his next 92 shots to reach .900 – that’s three straight shutouts.
Finally, Alexander Barabanov has 47 points, 3 away from 50. He’s already blown away his career high from last year of 39 points, let’s hope he can get to the big 5-0.
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