SAN JOSE -- Sharks center Andrew Desjardins had some advice for teammate James Sheppard if his struggles in the faceoff circle continue Sunday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Los Angeles Kings: create chaos.
Sheppard won just 2 of 11 faceoffs in Game 1 on Thursday, largely taking draws against the Kings' Jarret Stoll. It appears Sheppard will be back at third line center again Sunday between wingers Tommy Wingels and Tomas Hertl, with matchups against Stoll bound to happen at some point in the game.
"I think the main thing is trying to get your wingers involved. You're trying to create more of a scrum situation if you're not being successful," said Desjardins, who won seven of 10 faceoffs in Game 1 and was 55 percent on draws for the season.
"I know that's what I try to do, try to tell my wingers to make sure they help me out. When you have a good guy like Stoll and he's snapping back, you may want to start a scrum. it's one of those things where you need everybody to help out."
The Sharks had Joe Pavelski take draws against Stoll in certain key moments Thursday when the puck was in San Jose's defensive zone.
Stoll, who won 54.7 percent of his draws during the regular season, still won 11 of 19 draws in the game as the Kings held a slight advantage overall 35-33.
Pavelski won 56 percent of his faceoffs in the regular season, with Joe Thornton leading the team percentage-wise at 56.1 percent. Sheppard was at 45.1 percent for the year, but has far less experience in that area than Thornton or Pavelski.
"It doesn't really matter who I'm going against, I just want to win every draw," Stoll said. "If it's Sheppard, or Pavelski or Thornton. I think Pavelski and Thornton have better percentages, but that's just the way it works out. We'll see what happens.
"I know Pavelski goes out there for the right side draws, and I expect a lot of that tonight and Thornton on the other side. That's the mindset that they're going into it with, putting those guys out there, especially in their defensive zone."