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How Many Games Does It Take The San Jose Sharks To Get Their Teeth Sharp?

San Jose SharksAfter the New England Patriots beat the Tennessee Titans 59 - 0, I asked my friend (and Patriots fan) Eman whether or not Tom Brady has finally gotten his rhythm back or if Tennessee is really that bad. He said “they” say it takes 6 weeks (a.k.a. 6 games) for a returning quarterback to get back to his old self…and yes Tennessee is also really that bad.

But let’s say that theory is correct, that it takes 6 real games for a quarterback to get back into sync. Combine that theory with comments made this morning by Ryan Getzlaf on NHL Home Ice, that - and I paraphrase - the preseason really isn’t playing with your team, that you don’t really start playing together until Game 1 of the season.

When the San Jose Sharks ran over the entire NHL the first half of last season, national commentators observed that no one, at that time, could roll four lines like the Sharks. I think it’s safe to say that, so far this season, the Sharks weren’t really “rolling” at all. They’re not a bad team, but it was obvious that we had some work to do.

When the Sharks headed out on the road I had a lot of fear about an extended east coast swing. Beating the New York Islanders was a nice two points but then again, the Islanders hadn’t beaten anybody. The New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden - now THAT’S a test.

After a slow start, I saw the Sharks of season’s past. The attack was relentless and the pressure was impressive. I was very surprised, I really expected it might be a long night for the Sharks.

But now I’m hopeful. Up until now I feared that the Sharks may have made too many changes and that, while they’re still a good team, they may not have the time to come together and dominate like early last year. Well, it’s been 9 games and maybe, just maybe - we’re seeing a sign of things to come. Maybe it took almost 10 games for the team to finally hit it’s stride.

Am I the only one really starting to like Scott Nichol?

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6 comments for “How Many Games Does It Take The San Jose Sharks To Get Their Teeth Sharp?”

  1. I don’t think we will really know until another 10 games after Pavelski and Mitchell come back healthy. The line up will look different as I see Ortmeyer and Vesce probable being sent down to Wooster. I like Ferriero and hope he stays. Clowe has started slow and needs to pick it up. I see his game getting better once Pavelski comes back. The D has me worried most of all, notable Demers and Huskins. I don’t know how muck longer McLellan is going to stick with Demers on the power play and Huskins just looks slow on the ice. The shuttle between Wooster will continue with players like McGinn, Couture, Vese, McLauren and Zalewski so the line-up will always be in flux. I hope we do the same with the D and bring up Jolsin and Petrecki more regularly.

    One of the reasons of our early exist from the play-offs last year (o.k. I promise this will be the last time I bring it up) was that McLellan did not have enough faith in the youngsters being brought up from the minors and opted to play with injured veterans. He is going to get a good look and all the players we have available in game situations and keep other teams guessing at the line up. I like the approach and hopefully we can keep our players fresh.

    Yah, I like Nichol also. Got to love his energy and gets rewarded by going from the 4th line to the first. That kind of hustle is contagious.


    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | October 21, 2009, 8:15 am
  2. I agree with you about Huskins - I wish we kept Moen instead, and Demers does make me nervous when he’s on the ice, but amazingly Demers has the is tied with the best +/- on the team (5) and has the second best point total (7) for defensemen behind Dan Boyle (8). It may not be pretty but apparently, Demers is getting it done!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 21, 2009, 10:24 am
  3. Yeah, Nichols is looking good, as is Ferrio. I share FC’s trepidations about the defense; it just seems like the Sharks are having a tough time once the puck enters their zone, especially when neither the defenders nor the forwards can clear the puck.
    I must say that I have been impressed with Nabby as of late. He is the reason we won the Islanders game, and he was able to weather some strong flurries from New York. I am a staunch skeptic of Nabby (always have been) and I still think that he is like the link that holds the whole chain together–strong, but not strong enough to carry something heavy (like an NHL team) for long stretched of time.
    Still, I must give credit where credit is due and say that after a few shaky starts, Nabby has been consistent and strong in goal. I hope that he can maintain and stay healthy (I sure to miss Boucher) and that the rest of the team really starts to gel and that we can see the Sharks of yesteryear but with (hopefully) stronger heart and more fighting spirit.
    Really, all I want is for them to start playing like a team instead of just a bunch of guys on wearing skates, holding sticks, and chasing a round brick of rubber.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | October 21, 2009, 2:41 pm
  4. Nice assessment of Nabby, spot on. Agreed he has been playing better of late and does keep us in games. I was nervous at the beginning of the year and would wince with every shot on goal. I hope McLellan does not allow him to set his own starts. He needs to play at least 10 games less than last year. Greiss needs to have at least one start on this road trip, hopefully against Atlanta. Also keep in mind Nabby will be playing for Russia during the Olympics so it’s not like he can rest up then. I also wish we would have kept Boucher. We need to see if Greiss can play and if not, we would need to trade for a veteran goalie.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | October 21, 2009, 6:50 pm
  5. FC Sharks Fan - Your best friend Drew Remenda is REALLY impressed with Demers…..(commentary during Lightning game)

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | October 22, 2009, 6:36 pm
  6. I liked Demers even less now. Yah, I heard the same thing.

    Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I think he is Jeff Jillson or anything but I just think he needs to be brought up slowly and if we continue the shuffling between Wooster and San Jose, we should include D-men as well. I do hope he pans out, only time will tell.

    Lousy game against the Lightning. Nice thing is that we play Saturday and Sunday so no time to dwell on a bad game and we can get back to playing hockey.

    Let’s finish this road trip with back to back wins.


    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | October 23, 2009, 2:33 pm

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