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San Jose Sharks Need To Make Their Playoff Push Now

San Jose SharksBelieve it or not the NHL is about 7 to 10 days away from the half-way point of the season. As a San Jose Sharks fan I can say absolutely the team is not where I hoped we would be. Unlike early season predictions that the Pacific Division would be the toughest division in hockey, the Sharks sit second in arguably the weakest division. How weak is the Pacific? The only team in the playoffs is the division leader and only the Sharks have positive goals for/goals against ratio.

The good news is the Sharks have played the fewest games in the NHL with 35 and have anywhere from 3 to 6 games in hand on the top 8 teams in the Western Conference.

The bad news is they make up those games in a hellacious March where the Sharks only have one 2-day break, play back-to-back nights three times and play every other day the rest of the month. Throw in the last half of February and that changes to just two 2-day breaks, play back-to-back nights four times and play every other day the rest of the time.

One story floating around last season was the Sharks were tired entering the playoffs because they had to push hard to at the end of the season to get a high seed in the playoffs. This year, seeding notwithstanding, the Sharks are probably going to be tired just by the nature of the schedule.

Right now would be a great time to pull off one of those monumental runs where the Sharks win or get points in 18 or 19 of the next 20 games as they need to be able to rest some guys entering the last third of the season. The Sharks have shown over the last 4 years that such things are not out of reach but the inconsistent play this year suggests such a feat less likely than possible.

Does anyone else think the last 6 weeks of the season combined with the extended seasons the last two years is going to take a physical toll on this team, a toll they might not be able to overcome?

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