The San Jose Sharks Annual February Road Trip
If you ever go play for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys or Detroit Lions you know that one thing is for sure - you have to play on Thanksgiving Day. If you are a hockey player with the San Jose Sharks you know that every February you go on a two-week road trip. That trip starts today.
With playoff seeding on the line, if not a playoff position entirely, this road trip may not have come at a worse time. History is no help as the Sharks have a record of 4-2, 1-4 and 4-3 over this stretch during the last three seasons respectively.
Canucklehead posted a theory that Mike Gillis may have jinxed his team during an interview. Similarly, I would like to suggest that the acquisitions of Ben Eager and Kyle Wellwood may have un-jinxed the Sharks. The Sharks are 3-1 since the acquisitions and I don’t know about you but it feels a lot better seeing tried-and-true names out there on the ice instead of the ‘Best of the Worcester Sharks’. Personally I can’t wait until Scott Nichol is back, it’s going to be very interesting to see Nichol and Eager take turns sanding down the opposition.
With 31 games left in the season we have 3 more games with the Dallas Stars and 3 more games with the Anaheim Ducks. Regaining control of the Pacific Division appears as a real possibility, but I’m not so sure about closing the 15 point gap and jumping over the 7 teams needed to take over the West.
But if we acquire just the right defenseman…..