Ten Games In With The San Jose Sharks
They 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.