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San Jose Sharks Quietly Repeating History

San Jose SharksSan Jose Sharks fans know all too well that the team is not playing as well as we know they can. The bar, unfortunately, was set extremely high during that monumental run of October - December 2008. We can see that our team is slowly trying to assimilate all their summertime acquisitions as well as really bring up many of the kids from Worcester. But guess what Sharks fans – despite all that - we’re actually on pace with last year.

Having played 17 games this season the Sharks are 11-4-2 with 24 points. We’ve scored 56 goals and given up 42. After 17 games last season, the Sharks were 13-3-1 with 27 points. We had scored 57 goals and given up 42.

All season long it has felt like the offense still hasn’t hit its stride and the defense is prone to miscommunication, however the numbers say otherwise. Last night I did notice that it never seemed to matter who was on the ice, that the Sharks pressure was consistent up and down the lines.

What does it all mean? It means that this team might be better than last year’s offering. One of the things I worry about is that a lot of the younger player will probably hit that wall next spring – so it’s up to Todd McClellan to manage that properly. The team may not look as “fluid” as last season but it does get the job done. And that’s all we really care about – getting “The Job” done.

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3 comments for “San Jose Sharks Quietly Repeating History”

  1. The Sharks as always will make the play off’s this year. I really hope that they can go deeper for a change.

    Posted by CanuckulheadNo Gravatar | November 6, 2009, 4:13 pm
  2. I’m a little surprised that you said the offense hasn’t hit its stride. They have scored the most goals out of any team in the NHL with 56. Granted, I think they’re tied with Pittsburgh and somebody else, but still.

    I agree completely with what you said about the defense. I think the defense is going to be the Achilles heel of this team. They have a great goalie in Nabokov, but they let him face too many shots.

    I also think that the season is only going to get better for the Sharks now that they have Heatly.

    They’re doing something I call top-down depth, where they put all stars on the top 2 lines and then put players that would be second line players on any other team on the third and fourth line. It’s not what you normally think of when you think of a deep team, but it works.

    Really, I think they’ll make a run for the cup this year. I’m not sure if they’ll get there, it’s to early for that, but they’ll definitely be in the hunt.

    Posted by EricNo Gravatar | November 6, 2009, 8:32 pm
  3. Sharksfan - It’s going to be another late night for me. I am looking forward to see this match up between the Pens and Sharks. I wish we could at least have Malkin or Gonchar in the line up though.

    Let’s go Pens!

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | November 7, 2009, 8:17 am

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