San Jose Sharks Maintain Position Through February
Turns out nothing too revealing came about during the month of February. The month known as a mundane time for most hockey teams, and also the month the San Jose Sharks have to vacate HP Pavilion for at least one week (due to tennis), I was curious to see how the top teams would fare. When we looked at the Sharks and other league leaders at the beginning of February, here’s where they all stood (includes the first week of February):
Boston Bruins - 84 points, won last 4
San Jose Sharks – 78 points, lost last 2
Detroit Red Wings – 73 points, won last 2
Washington Capitals – 70 points, lost last 1
Currently (entire records for February):
San Jose Sharks – 93 points, lost last 1, 6-3-4, 16 of 26 points (62%)
Boston Bruins – 93 points, lost last 1, 6-4-3, 15 of 26 points (58%)
Detroit Red Wings – 90 points, lost last 1, 10-3-1, 21 of 28 points (75%)
Washington Capitals – 85 points, lost last 1, 9-3-1, 19 of 26 points (73%)
What can we conclude from all this? Apparently the Red Wings aren’t champs by mistake – the month known for being something of a post All Star Week let down didn’t seem to affect them much as they made up the most ground. As for the Sharks, their 4 overtime losses means they kept those games close and 2 of their 3 losses were by one goal. Considering the flu swept through the team I suppose it wasn’t a bad month, even though I don’t think overtime losses help prepare the San Jose Sharks much toward the goal of winning the hardware. Nonetheless we’re down to the final full month of regular season where we’ll see who can perform the balancing act the best – jockeying for playoff position without burning out your team, trying to peak at just the right time while down playing the importance of the President’s Cup.
Get ready, we’re getting close….