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Ten Games In With The San Jose Sharks

San Jose SharksThey said to wait 10 games so I did. They said you can’t really tell which way a team is going until 10 games in. Well we’re 10 games in and the San Jose Sharks are 5-4-1. When thinking about what 5-4-1 means, besides meaning 3rd in the Pacific Division and 12th in the Western Conference, I could tell I was employing a little denial with my thoughts. I feel like 5-4-1 is very average and very un-Shark like. I feel like my feelings are exacerbated because the Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings are already ahead of us (so are the Chicago Blackhawks, but they’ve played 14 games). I’m wondering if Antti Niemi just got lucky last season and is overrated.

But then I checked the numbers.

Guess what the Sharks’ record was after 10 games last season? 5-4-1. Guess what it was the year before that? 5-4-1. The year before that? 8-2-0. But the year before that - 5-4-1. The Sharks have started out 5-4-1 3 out of the last 4 years. Whew.

So it would seem that the boys are exactly where they’ve always been, right above average to start the season. Admittedly I haven’t been able to watch too many games so far this season but I will be there for this Saturday’s game. I’m hoping to compare that night’s performance with what I saw during the home opener and see if there’s any improvement now that they’re in the ‘groove’ of the season.

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6 comments for “Ten Games In With The San Jose Sharks”

  1. I think they will still make the play offs

    Posted by CanuckulheadNo Gravatar | November 3, 2010, 11:55 am
  2. My friend ‘torturedkingsfan’ commented last night - ‘you guys might need to worry about making the playoffs’…that scared me :P.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | November 3, 2010, 1:39 pm
  3. yeah ten games in and the one thing we can all count on is that the team will be inconsistent. We never know which team will show up on the ice, and the fact that they have been shut out for the last 7 periods of hockey that they have played, as well as the last 9 periods on the road, does nothing to calm our nerves. There is plenty of season left, but the Sharks need to start working on coming together as a cohesive unit.
    I think they will make the playoff, and by think I mean hope.

    Posted by UnrulytravllerNo Gravatar | November 5, 2010, 10:49 am
  4. This just in:

    Sharks captain Joe Thornton has been suspended two games for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Perron on Thursday night.
    Colin Campbell was travelling on Friday, so Mike Murphy conducted the formal portion of the conference call hearing, and Murphy and Campbell determined that supplemental discipline was required.
    Thornton’s agent and brother John Thornton intends on talking to the NHLPA about possibly appealing since Campbell did not conduct the hearing, but it’s unlikely the decision will be overturned.

    I really did not think he would get suspended. It looked like a clean hit to me. Perron had his head down and looking at his skates. Joe is much taller than Perron so it looked like a head shot.

    Posted by FCNo Gravatar | November 5, 2010, 1:07 pm
  5. On XM Home Ice this morning, they debated whether or not Joe would get suspended (considering all angles, possibilities, etc.), but at the end of the day the biggest issue of all was that Joe actually hit someone!

    I think the Sharks might be in some trouble because, despite any shortcomings in the past, the offense always carried them. Well that offense (or in Canada oh-fence) ain’t quite gettin’ the job done.

    And great, I’m going to the game on Saturday and no Joe.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | November 5, 2010, 3:30 pm
  6. Contact was made with the head, but it did not seem like there was any intent to injure. It was an almost clean hit, and the major penalty and expulsion from the game should have been punishment enough. I don’t agree with the two game suspension, I do however agree that the Sharks might be in some trouble because Jumbo is a large part of their offense and now they are going to miss him for two games, but I do hope his suspension will be like a wake up call to the rest of the team, they will pull their skates out of their backsides and start scoring and dominating again. I suspect this whole suspension thing is some kind of Anaheim plot so they won’t have to face Joe on Tuesday. Stupid Ducks.

    Posted by UnrulytravllerNo Gravatar | November 5, 2010, 4:56 pm

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