The State Of The San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are 2-5-1 in their last 8 games, 7-7-5 in their last 19. They are now trailing the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins by 3 points each, and the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals are only 5 and 6 points behind respectively. There are 16 games left in the season with 8 games left both at home and on the road. Last year at this time the Sharks were in the middle of a 20 game non-loss streak, having won 10 in a row they would finish out the season 8-2-2 (18-2-2) – the two losses being meaningless games at the end of the season. This time last year the Red Wings were on a 5 game win streak and they would finish out the season 7-3-1 (12-3-1).
Both teams ended last season with phenomenal records, but everyone knows how it eventually played out – the Red Wings got the trophy, the Sharks exited in the second round.
The argument is you don’t want to peak too soon, that you want to some how have everything come together at just the right time. Does that mean that an 18-2-2 run is peaking too soon, as was the case with the Sharks last year? Maybe. But judging from the current state of things, the Sharks better start coming together as a team and do it soon, because those 16 games can evaporate pretty quickly.
On the other hand, the Dallas Stars whom most of you will remember eliminated the Sharks and went on to the conference finals, finished with a record of 4-8-2 for March and April – not exactly a great push to the playoffs.
What’s my point? I don’t have one. I’m just trying to figure out a way to wrap my head around whether or not the Sharks’ current slump is bad, good or meaningless when it comes to anticipating the playoffs. Are the Sharks really playing that bad or are other teams, teams playing for their playoff lives, playing that much better? Are the Sharks intentionally playing ‘weaker’ so they can get everyone from Worcester more ice time – just in case? I suppose only time will tell. Like I said – those 16 games are going to go pretty fast.
I guess we can count Torrey Mitchell out for season.