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San Jose Sharks Hit The Road

San Jose SharksIt’s tough being me - really it is. I’m so sick in the head that I can’t make up my mind when it comes to making up my mind. For example, I’m relatively new to hockey, I’ve been following the sport for only the last 6 or 7 years (remember - I’m the life-time 49er fan who needed something else when my team tanked for half a decade). I don’t have the years of experience that help other fans keep things in perspective. Take last season. When the San Jose Sharks came out of the gate flying, older - much wiser fans warned me that it was a long season. When the Sharks were on their way to winning the Presiden’t Trophy those same, older, wiser voices reminded me that winning that trophy does not equal a Stanley Cup (the previous season’s Detroit Red Wings not withstanding). Then the Sharks got bounced in the first round. I told myself I learned my lesson.

Here we are two weeks into the new season. The Sharks are 3-2-1 (7 points) and 7th in the Western Conference. 7th!?! My mind says ‘it doesn’t look good, we’re not the team we used to be - our window of opportunity has passed’. Now granted, there are only two points separating us from the conference leaders, but it still LOOKS bad to see my team in the middle of the standings instead of at the top. What did I just say about last season’s lessons?

Like I said, it’s tough being me.

I tell myself that when you lose a dozen players over the summer it’s going to take a while for the team to find it’s rhythm. I remind myself that the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins were in 10th place with 2 months left in that season.

But then I look at those same Penguins and their 6-1 record and say ‘how can they do that after only a few months off, aren’t they tired?’. I look at the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche and say ‘how did they manage to get off to such a good start?’.

See what I’m talking about, I can go back and forth like this all day.

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The Sharks start their season playing 9 of their first 12 games on the road. Today they start a 6 game road trip that starts in Washington and lasts 10 days. Last season, given the new NHL schedule, in order for all the teams to play each other at least once, I remember many of the East Coast teams made West Coast trips. I remember the Sharks doing quite well against the likes of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins when they visited The Tank. Payback may be coming during this road trip. Although the Sharks have traditionally been a great road team, I think it’s going to be tough to get points on this trip. Perhaps the fact that they stay in the Eastern time zone the entire time might help, but who knows.

At this point I’d be happy if the Sharks come home with 6 of the 12 possible points, but I know that if they come home with 7 I’ll probably have seen something that indicates to my highly untrained eye that the Sharks are doomed for this season. That’s why I’m putting it down on (virtual) paper, to remind myself of myself.

God help me.

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3 comments for “San Jose Sharks Hit The Road”

  1. I understand you concerns. It can be difficult to adjust to this sport considering football each game matters so much more. I remember when I first started to get into hockey I would get so worked up over each game, like I would in football and it would drive me crazy. Finally, I realized that until the playoffs or at the very least end of the season there is no reason to get so worked up.

    There is so much of this season left. I am really curious to see how the Olympics will affect this year and look forward to watching all these teams progress whether it be for the positive or the negative.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | October 15, 2009, 9:01 pm
  2. Hang in there! I’m a newer fan too and it does mess with the mind horribly. Even worse for me is hockey is the ONLY sport I’ve ever been interested in. Talk about culture shock! I practically cried the first time the Coyotes did trades. It IS a long season and a lot can happen. All we can do is enjoy the ride..

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | October 18, 2009, 1:16 pm
  3. [...] Putting my money where my mouth is - we have 6 out of the possible 10 points on this road trip - my over/under was 6 - so the Philadelphia game is just for extra credit. [...]

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