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San Jose Sharks Beat The Streak

San Jose SharksThe problem with writing about the San Jose Sharks is that they’re too consistent - they just win (in the regular season). If the team were ‘inconsistent’, or full of surprises, it might be easier to find things to write about. Take puckgal and her Phoenix Coyotes. All the Coyote woes - bankruptcy, sale and coaching change, albeit distractions are great sources of material. I would also find great enthusiasm for writing because they’re unexpectedly competitive. It’s easier to write about something dynamic than something static. I’ve realized it’s going to take a greater effort for me to try and stay relevant during this second season of writing that it did during the first. Having said that….

The Slump - remember that 5-game losing streak that had all of us (well, maybe it was just me) thinking all doom and gloom a month ago? I did some research around Sharks’ losing streaks and found that they are in fact, quite a rarity. The question was how the Sharks were going to respond and how that response compared to losing streaks of the past. Their last losing streak was followed by winning 18 of 20 games (.900%). Currently, the Sharks are sitting at 14 of 17 (.824%). Like I said, the Sharks are pretty consistent.

The Scoring - Two seasons ago the problem with the Sharks was a lack of secondary scoring. Opponents just had to neutralize Joe Thornton and they had a good chance of beating us. This season, although I’m very excited about the seasons Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley are having, Joe Thronton was once again the driving force behind all our scoring. That has suddenly changed. As discussed on Comcast Sports Net California’s Post Game show following last night’s Sharks-Kings game, swapping Many Malhotra (to second line) and Ryan Clowe (to third line) has resulted in VERY dramatic results - 18 goals in the last three games.

The Olympics - With the Olympic break rapidly approaching you have to wonder if the break will help or hurt the Sharks. It’s like the bye week in football, there’s never been a definitive answer as to how it affects a team, except that it affects different teams differently. After the last Olympic break in 2006 the Sharks were 9-5-2 for the month of March (plus one last game in February). NHL Home Ice speculated that right now, teams are just trying to use the break as motivation to positions themselves as best they can in the standings knowing that no one knows what’s going to happen when play resumes.

The Trade - Finally Ray Ratto speculated that, with Ryan Clowe finally coming alive (13 goals, 22 assists - now 5th on the team in points despite the very slow start), he’s now trade bait should the Sharks want to beef up their blue line. Personally I’d rather keep Clowe - I’m tired of trading players. I think the Sharks have traded enough over the years - another trade isn’t the difference between the 1st round and the Stanley Cup Championship. What do you think?

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4 comments for “San Jose Sharks Beat The Streak”

  1. Hey Sharks Fan, I’ve also heard the rumors concerning Clowe. I actually think Torrey Mitchell will be moved before Clowe. Torrey just does not seem the same after his injury and is now regulated to the 4th line and makes 1.3Mil per season. When Drew and Randy talked about players on the schnied, they should have also mentioned Torrey. I’ve also heard Nichols name, but I would like to keep him as well. He’s cheep and a definite roll player. How do you like the play of Jay Leach? Does not score, but does not turn the puck over and is willing to drop the gloves. Also Boyle is out for tonight’s game and Demers has been recalled. Boyle may have hurt himself with the slashing incident with Dustin Brown in the L.A. game. Hope it’s nothing serious.


    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | January 21, 2010, 1:41 pm
  2. I don’t think anyone is going to take Torrey and his $1.3M. The only reason we traded Cheechoo and his $3M is because I think the Sharks made that a deal breaker for the Senators. I say we site pat and just take our chances, unless the Flyers want to trade Pronger for Mitchell!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | January 21, 2010, 4:30 pm
  3. How I envy your consistency, your record and your Marleau so bask in the glory! It’s true that my Coyotes have a lot going on but the problem is that so few people CARE! Tough to remain excited or fired up (although I do that’s for certain)discussing last night’s game when all you get is the blank stare and a change of topic to the Cardinals..but this is the life of a Yotes fan.

    I can echo your fear about the Olympics. You do however have a bit of a cushion with the way things are looking in the standings. Although we only have 3 guys going (Bryzgalov, Lepisto and Michalek) I just remember the horrible turning point of the All Star break last season. I am remaining optimistic.

    If it makes you feel any better, I lost a lunch bet the last time your Sharks were here :(

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | January 23, 2010, 9:21 pm
  4. Just have bookmarked your website, and waiting for the next interesting article

    Posted by job at homeNo Gravatar | April 29, 2010, 5:49 am

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