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San Jose Sharks Get The Lucky Draw

San Jose SharksAll during the playoffs I have been rooting for 3 teams – the San Jose Sharks and any opponent of the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. So far I’ve only been successful with the Sharks (yes I know, it’s better that than the opposite). When the playoffs started the two teams – the only two teams – I did not want to face were Detroit and Chicago. Who did we draw – Detroit and Chicago. During the regular season the Sharks were 1-3 against Detroit and 1-3 against Chicago (I’m counting overtime losses as just losses).

Given the axiom that the playoffs are different from the regular season, and given that the Sharks just beat the Red Wings 4 games to 1, I would have hoped that I felt better about facing the Blackhawks than I do. I think the problem is that since the Sharks dismissed the Red Wings most of the media that I’ve been listening to have discussed how the loss to the Sharks solidifies the theory that the Red Wings are not the championship franchise they used to. The message is that the Red Wings are not a very good team. I suppose I should be mad because in a passive-aggressive way, what they’re saying is ‘if you get beat by the Sharks then you MUST be a bad hockey team.’ Combine that message with images of that Harlem Globetrotter-esque Blackhawk high cycle and their 3 short handed goals in one game and I’m having difficulty seeing how this can turn out well for the Sharks.

Hopefully their poor performance in the regular season prompts the Sharks to prepare themselves as best they can for their next opponent.

I’m expecting to see a different kind of series than what we’ve seen so far. The Colorado Avalanche were small but quick, and the Detroit Red Wings were big and physical. The Blackhawks have a little of both, and during the regular season these two teams averaged 7 goals a game.


I just hope the Eastern Semis finish up today so we can find out what our schedule is. And the Canucks fan here in my office said that his people have just become Sharks fans because they want to see the Blackhawks eliminated – is that true Canucklehead and Old Timer?

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2 comments for “San Jose Sharks Get The Lucky Draw”

  1. I too am worried about the Blackhawks, but no more so than I was when facing Detroit. I say boo to all those that say Detroit just wasn’t the same caliber of team. It may have been true that they were a little slower or a little off their game, but the Sharks played a hell of a series and earned moving one. The Blackhawks are scary because they have good shooters, can posses the puck, and have a solid defense. Still, I don’t think either team is a shoe in here. If Nabby plays like he has been (with the exception of game 4 in the second round) and maybe one of the games in the first round, I think the Sharks will be fine especially because of their agitators in Nichol and Malholtra. Also, if Wallin is healthy, that will shore up our defensive unit and give us another physical guy who has been in these types of situations before. There’s a lot of if and buts and maybes to be sure, but the one thing we can all count on is that it is going to be a good series. I think the Sharks will take it in six, but one never knows. And hey, at least now we know when the series starts. I can’t wait until Sunday (and since its a noon game, that means I don’t have to stay up into the wee hours of the morning to watch it, which is just awesome).

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | May 13, 2010, 4:17 am
  2. Where did you hear that Game 1 will be at noon on Sunday?

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | May 13, 2010, 9:13 am

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