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San Jose Sharks Versus The Detroit Red Wings (And Beyond)

San Jose SharksEver since January 17, 2009, the date of the epic regular season game between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings (as seen on NHL Network’s ‘Classic Games’ series), the Sharks have been unable to defend home ice against the Red Wings during the regular season. I’m painfully aware of this because I’ve been to every one of those rematches and I’m tired of leaving a loser. Not this time - as I do not have tickets to tomorrow’s home game against the Red Wings. If I don’t go to the game, I can’t leave a loser.

But that’s besides the point.

The real point here is that the Sharks have an opportunity to close the gap and make a serious run at second place in the Western Conference, a feat seen as almost impossible just 2 months ago in the NHL Betting. Just 4 points separate the Sharks and the Red Wings, and if anything I would expect tomorrow night’s game to be a high scoring affair. My reason?

Average Goals For:
San Jose - 2.8 (14th)
Detroit - 3.3 (1st)

Shots On Goal:
San Jose - 34 (1st)
Detroit - 33 (2nd)

Power Play Percentage:
San Jose - 22% (3rd)
Detroit - 21% (5th)

Penalty Kill Percentage:
San Jose - 81.6% (18th)
Detroit - 81.7% (16th)

With 18 games left and 36 points up for grabs is it possible the Sharks can still go after the top seed? The Vancouver Canucks are 9 points ahead and the Sharks would have to put up at least a 12-7 record while the red hot Canucks would have to start slumping and finish out with a record somewhere around 7-12. I think I’d prefer the Sharks make a strong push to hold down the second seed and not so much that they spend all their energy trying to catch Vancouver. I’d hate to see the Sharks burn up all their energy to make top seed then run out of gas during the playoffs. Holding on to second place should keep them on their toes mentally without all the burnout that a run at the top might incur.

But first things first, I’d love the Sharks to defend home ice tomorrow night - but does that mean I need to stay away from Red Wings games?

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4 comments for “San Jose Sharks Versus The Detroit Red Wings (And Beyond)”

  1. Heatley comes alive. The Sharks win 3-1 and take the season series 3-1. No offense, Sharksfan, but maybe you should avoid the Tank when Detroit is visiting SJ :-)

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | March 4, 2011, 4:33 am
  2. I’m just glad they’ve kept winning since I’ve entered back into the country. The talk was if they started losing I would have to leave again.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | March 4, 2011, 9:56 am
  3. Well that is good for you that they are still winning. That Dallas game was a shame, though. I hope it does not mean that they are finally starting to cool off.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | March 7, 2011, 1:18 am
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