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Hybrid San Jose Sharks Team Steals One In Calgary

San Jose SharksI have to admit, when I looked at tonight’s game I didn’t get too excited about the Sharks’ prospects. Skating basically with a hybrid team - 2 NHL lines and 2 AHL lines, in Calgary where the Sharks have had little success against a Flames team trying to increase their lead in the Northwest Division - I was hoping for a competitive game at best.

Two words - Evgeni Nabokov

Don’t get me wrong, I think the Sharks played another great game despite a patch work of lines. But the Sharks, who are developing a bad habit of not being able to get out of their own zone, were saved by some stellar goaltending by Nabokov.

Dan Boyle broke his 22-game scoring drought and scored the game’s first goal. The guys on NHL Home Ice have stated in no uncertain terms that the drop off in Sharks goal production, and as such their overall winning woes, is because the blue line has gone to sleep. Remember back in the beginning of the season when the Sharks were beating everyone, they had 4 of the top 5 scoring defensemen. Currently Dan Boyle sits at 6th, Rob Blake at 17 and Christian Ehrhoff at 29, and I’m sure Boyle and Blake’s numbers are padded by their early season success.

It’s been difficult for me to wrap my head around where the Sharks are from a competitive point of view. The second half of the season has been so up and down, with great games followed by bad, that it seems like the team cannot get any kind of consistency like they had in the beginning of the season. But then again, the first half of the Sharks’ season more of the anomaly than the second half. The kind of start the Sharks had was atypical, whereas the second half of the season is actually quite typical. That despite all the ups and downs since the All Star break, the Sharks leave Calgary with their 50th win of the season, 111 points and a 4 point lead over the Detroit Red Wings.

I guess I’ve been more concerned about how they’re playing than their place in the standings, because Sharks fans know that the standings don’t mean anything come April - which, by the way, is actually 2 days away….

Can you hear that? That’s the playoffs, they’re almost here!

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4 comments for “Hybrid San Jose Sharks Team Steals One In Calgary”

  1. So who do you want to play in the playoffs? Better yet, who do you want to avoid? If the play-offs started today, we would be matched against Nashville. We have already won two series against them and lead this year at 2-1-1.

    Could third time be the charm? (Heaven forbid)

    The one team I don’t want to play are the Ducks. They are a very physical team and take a lot out of you. Similar to the Flames last year. They just seemed to wear us out in seven games and we just were gassed against Dallas.

    I know it’s too early to start thinking past the first round, but if we want to get deep into the play-offs, we need to win the first series in 4 or 5 games.

    It’s almost playoff time!

    GO SHARKS!

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | April 1, 2009, 12:51 pm
  2. SJ’s 1st round is not going to be easy regardless of what team it is. Most teams competing for the 8th spot are playing really well right now. Nashville’s goaltending is stronger than in past series. St. Louis has been on a tear lately. The Wild have shown that they can play the underdog role vs. SJ and yes, Anaheim would be a tough, physical match up. Although, from a travel standpoint the Ducks would be the easiest opponent for the Sharks. 300 miles versus 1600+ miles for any other team. Having said all that I hope round 1 will be #1 SJ vs. #8 Edmonton.

    Posted by gustyNo Gravatar | April 1, 2009, 1:24 pm
  3. They were talking about Nashville on NHL Home Ice today, talking about how they’re a team that gets no credit or attention, yet they always seem to make the playoffs with a chip on their shoulder. But, and I paraphrase: “They can’t just keep making the playoffs just to get sent home by the Sharks”. I suppose I’d be inclined to see the Ducks - they’re a VERY known commodity and the travel is easier. And since we now have Moen, that’s one less physical presence to worry about!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | April 1, 2009, 2:23 pm
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