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San Jose Sharks: How The West Was Won…Mostly

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Joe Pavelski (Getty Images)

Tonight will be the last non-Pacific Division opponent for the San Jose Sharks. After the game with the Calgary Flames the Sharks have 8 games against divisional opponents: 2 games against the Los Angeles Kings, 3 games against the Phoenix Coyotes, 1 game against the Dallas Stars (Elbowgate 2), and 2 games against the Anaheim Ducks.

One thing I tried to calculate was the minimum number of Sharks wins against which opponent needed to guarantee another Pacific Division banner. I found that - since everyone in the Pacific is playing everyone else - it’s pretty much impossible to calculate. However because I need to keep things very Rain Man-like I’ve decided that, at a minimum, the Sharks need to accomplish the following:

  1. Beat Calgary tonight (not just for the points but because I’ll be at the game and it’s been a while since I’ve been in the building when they’ve won).
  2. Beat each divisional opponent once.
  3. Beat Phoenix one additional time.

That would give the Sharks a 6-3 record to wind out the season and SHOULD give them the Pacific crown. And if anything I think the Sharks should concede the Western Conference second seed to the Detroit Red Wings because they have at least 4 of their remaining 9 games against teams that are pretty much out of the playoffs, whereas the Sharks are playing teams that are not only in the hunt for a playoff spot but competing with each other for said spots.

I want all 5 Pacific Division teams in the playoffs. First it a matter of the ‘devil you know’ versus the ‘devil you don’t know’, and the travel is easier. My friend torturedkingsfan wants the entire Pacific in the playoffs…except the Ducks. Any other opinions?

NOTES: Scott Nichol might be back tonight, and Logan Couture’s injury is apparently not as bad as it looked. Joe Pavelski was the NHL’s ‘First Star of the Week’ for last week’s 8 assist, 3 goal output.

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10 comments for “San Jose Sharks: How The West Was Won…Mostly”

  1. I started to try and calculate the exact same thing, but went crazy when I factored in the 3 point games with overtime and shootouts. Logan back in the line-up tonight with Wallin a game time decision. McLellan may go with 7-D, just like he did when Boyle came back from an injury. With Heatley coming back from his suspension, Mashinter was sent back to Wooster.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | March 23, 2011, 1:56 pm
  2. Well the Sharks put in a most excellent effort and got the win. I don’t want to see either Anaheim or Dallas in the playoffs, but unfortunately they probably both will make it.
    Oh, and Heatley took another stupid penalty. Near the beginning of the game sure, but a penalty nonetheless, and one that led to a tying goal by the bad guys. Sure, it ultimately didn’t matter, but as Randy Hahn said during the telecast: “His (Heatley) name isn’t on the score sheet except for a penalty.”
    Still, good win by the Sharks, and I was oh so pleased to see Mitchell and Marleau both get two goals.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 4:52 am
  3. At that point in the game it may have been a bad penalty but the hit on (I think Clowe) was worth retaliating. Think about it this way, if Calgary had put that hit on us and no one retaliated, what would the rest of the game looked like? I agree it cost us the lead, but with a one goal lead in the first period - I’ll take it. As long as he doesn’t do that stuff during the playoffs with a one goal lead with 2 minutes left. Like we say here at work, it’s all about ‘context’!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 9:10 am
  4. I was o.k. with Heatley taking that penalty also. I thought Clowe got boarded and Heatley was sticking up for one of his players. The cut on Clowe’s nose was not because of the fight he had with Sarich, but was from his face hitting the glass on the check from Giordano. I also liked Clowe standing up for the hit on Couture, although that one seemed clean. Clowe said in the post game he did not like something Sarich did to Logan in the first period.
    Thank God he did not break his hand on Sarich’s visor. I was also expecting Sarich to get an additional penalty for not removing his helmet. I though he dropped his gloves before Clowe did, but clearly Clowe wanted to dance.

    Rule 47.6 states:
    Face Protection – If a player penalized as an instigator of an altercation is wearing a face shield (including a goalkeeper), he shall be assessed an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Should the player (including a goalkeeper) who instigates the fight be wearing a face shield, but removes it before instigating the altercation, the additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty shall not apply.
    I’ve always thought it was classy for Murray to remove his helmet when he fights.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 1:10 pm
  5. I was not aware of that ‘instigator sub-section’ - you’re a wealth of knowledge FC. And although I like the fact that you think it’s ‘classy’ for a guy to remove his helmet before a fight, is your significant other on the same page with that definition?!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 1:40 pm
  6. My significant other is always the instigator in any altercation. She leads the league in PIM’s and major penalties.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 1:55 pm
  7. Does she remove her helmet before she starts swinging?

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 2:01 pm
  8. Never. My pet name for her is suckerpunch. I just turtle and try and go to a happy place.

    Posted by FC Sharks FanNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 2:21 pm
  9. Hopefully that ‘happy place’ will be the Stanley Cup Finals - GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 2:22 pm
  10. It is true that the penalty was in the first period and in the context of the game it was probably appropriate. I may have been rash in labeling it a stupid penalty.
    I just found it frustrating to see the Sharks lose a lead in yet another game, which is something that happened a couple of times last night before the Flames started to wear down, and that Heatley cannot be solely blamed for.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | March 24, 2011, 4:24 pm

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