Well, there’s something to be said for entering the playoffs on a bit of a roll. However, the Sharks really have their work cut out for them: they were 0-4 vs. the Blues this year, with scores of: 2-4 (oct 15), 0-1 (dec 10), 0-3 (feb 12), and 1-3 (mar 3). So, the good news there is that the Sharks haven’t seen St. Louis in over a month, and certainly have picked up their game in that time. St. Louis was 4-6 over their last 10 games, the Sharks were 7-3. Easily the Sharks were more desperate, but I like that trend. I suspect that having Havlat back and up to speed, and generally being healthy should help the Sharks.
What to Look For
The Keys for San Jose in the playoffs are pretty simple: stay consistent, be effective on the Penalty Kill, and especially have Niemi stay consistent – it was an interesting sign that McClellan pulled him in the 3rd period of Saturdays game. Finally, I think the Sharks know that they need to move everything to a new level – we’ll know after the first game which direction things are going – for the Sharks, winning 1 of 2 in St. Louis is a must.
Well, two games vs. the Stars, two nice wins. We do to the Stars what the Ducks and Coyotes do to us…
Bring on the Kings. We’re 2-2 vs. the Kings this year (They’re 2-1-1 against us). One win should see us through to the playoffs, two wins will see us through and give us a running shot at the Division lead and corresponding #3 seed. I think we want the #3 seed – we’d be playing Chicago or perhaps Nashville. as #7 or #8 we’d be playing Vancouver or St. Louis – I think we don’t want to see either of them till the second round, but you know, maybe that really doesn’t matter. The road to the cup goes through Vancouver, St. Louis, and Detriot.
Lots of good things to say about last nights game – 13 players had points, a beautiful redirect by Couture from Havlat for that crucial goal #3, a great snap shot by Thornton for number four, and something Sharks haven’t done much this season – a quick responding goal by Galiardi 32 seconds after the Stars took a 2-1 lead to tie it up 2-2 and take the momentum back…
I’m keeping my fingers crossed, and I’m feeling way more confident now than I was middle of last week.
Yep, its win or go home time. Sharks MUST win 1 of 2 on the road. If they can figure out how to win 2 of 2, they’ll have a good shot at the #3 seed… Stars in Dallas on Tuesday.
Categories: Sharks Hockey
That’s right, the Ducks clearly own the Sharks this year. Thanks Manny Ramirez for that memorable line. Thanks Sharks for just not having it against the Ducks this year. Its a good thing we won’t see those suckers in the playoffs.
Five games left – ‘yotes, Stars, Stars, Kings, Kings… 5 wins and we’re set as the 3 seed… anything else and it’ll be totally down to the wire. At the least I think we must win 3, although 4 or 5 would be a lot better.
As an aside, I really don’t like CSN analyst Ray Ratto – he seems to always be negative to the extreme.
Update 1: and what the hell was that 3rd goal about… The referees reviewed the play, you could clearly see that the puck was past the net on the outside – who paid them off? Come on NHL, get your heads out of your butts on this type of play.
and also… In the one bright spot of the night, the Sharks scored their goal in the next shift after the Ducks first goal… nice work boys. Do that some more.
Sharks v. Ducks – all the games matter at this time of year, but I think this one more than others.
The Ducks have really had the Sharks number this year leading the season series 4-1. Last game was really emblematic of that dominance: twice in the game the sharks scored only to have the Ducks score on their very next shift.
The Sharks have been skating and generally playing well for the last several weeks… can they do it to the Ducks? Game time 7:30 PDT, get your teal going.