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San Jose Sharks Practice Skate With The Colorado Avalanche

San Jose SharksSometimes I hate being right, but my hunch about lowered expectations for the San Jose Sharks came true last night as the team barely managed to keep up with the Colorado Avalanche. In the middle of the 3rd period my friend Tom noted that ‘they’re not a team yet’. I couldn’t agree more. The Sharks looked very much like they did at the end of last season when they ‘slid’ into the playoffs. During that time the team was dealing with a slew of injuries, and we talked about how the Sharks were skating a hybrid team, half San Jose and half Worcester. Because of all the new faces, the team didn’t look as cohesive as it had in the beginning of the season – lots of individual talent but not a lot of team coordination.

The Sharks played exactly the same way last night. There were so many new names that it was hard to tell when they were shifting lines – I needed a program to keep track of everyone. It also makes sense that Patrick Marleau would score the team’s only two goals since his line is the only one that skated together before last night’s game. Marleau, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski made up the only complete line of Sharks from last season.

The Sharks did manage to out-shoot the Avalanche 41 to 20, but it was the breakdowns in defense that hurt the Sharks. At least 3 of the Avalanche goals were easy rebound put-backs where an Avalanche skater was wide open. This comes on the heels of some discussion on NHL Home Ice about the troubling state of the Sharks defense, that after Dan Boyle there’s a significant drop off in blue line talent.

Coming out of the gate flying didn’t serve us very well last year, so maybe having to really work at it will serve us better this year.

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3 comments for “San Jose Sharks Practice Skate With The Colorado Avalanche”

  1. Well the Avs just beat the Nucks as well.Think some thing must be wrong.The Avs are suppose to loose to teams like the Sharks and Nucks.

    Posted by CanuckulheadNo Gravatar | October 3, 2009, 3:23 pm
  2. Yeah, it was a disappointing first game, but last night’s game against the Ducks was nearly perfect. I was a little worried for a but in the third period when the Ducks scored and were starting to gain some momentum, but the boys in Teal kept it together and finished with a strong effort. And I am so glad we did not trade Marleau as he proved once again what an invaluable asset he is to the Sharks.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | October 4, 2009, 4:14 am
  3. It’s so early and maybe taking it on the chin by a team like the Avs will give them a good case of the rage.

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | October 4, 2009, 6:39 pm

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