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San Jose Sharks With Too Much Time On Their Hands

San Jose SharksThe Chicago Blackhawks are coming back to town. The proper sports cliché would be “Chicago Blackhawks return to the scene of the crime”. The most humiliating game in recent history occurred the last time the Blackhawks visited The Tank. I’m a huge fan of payback as a motivator, and nothing would make me happier than a complete smack-down of the visiting team. The problem is that, by the time the puck drops, the San Jose Sharks will have had 5 days off since their last game.

The Sharks have an overall winning percentage of .660. However - in games where the Sharks have more than one day off in between, they’re an average .500 team. A sixteen percent difference may not seem like much, but in my football pool the difference between first place and (relatively) last place (where I sit), the difference is approximately 16%. And if you look in the conference standings, with the exception of the Detroit Red Wings, a .500 winning percentage puts you out of the playoffs.

Todd McLellan speculated that when the team is well rested they tend to over think things and make things more complicated than need be. When the team is tired they play better because they don’t think as much. Can you imagine applying that concept to your own job - that if you thought about your job less you’d do better work?! I wish that were true for me.

I hope the Sharks don’t think too much on Thursday…

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