Next year, when the NHL realigns, the Pacific Division opponents for the Sharks will look a bit different. The Stars are gone, while the Flames, Oilers, and Canucks enter. That last bit is the best news.
Other than maybe the Ducks, there is no team I'd rather see the Sharks beat more than the Canucks. Sure, the Red Wings and Kings are rivals, but I've always had some respect for those two clubs. But Vancouver? No way. After the playoff series, Kesler's dives, and the simple fact that they employ Maxim Lapierre, I have come to enjoy any bit of misery that finds it way to the Canucks (Except for the injuries to Malhotra; I miss you, Manny.). I know I enjoyed watching the Bruins defeat the Canucks in the finals a few years ago. And I always enjoy when the Sharks beat them.
Mostly though, I just love that Canucks games turn Joe Thornton into a hilarious bully. I'm so happy we get to see that six times a year going forward.
|19-10-6, 44 points
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|4th in Western Conference||6th in Western Conference|
Projected Sharks Lineup
Projected Canucks Lineup
Prediction: Sharks win 3-1. Goals by Pavelski, Wingels and Sheppard. Meanwhile, San Francisco plays Los Angeles in the only sport where that's currently possible. Oh, and stop smelling your computer screens, folks.