A week ago today, we were talking about how dominant the sharks have looked compared to the Kings not showing up. Seems like the roles have reversed? The sharks were on the verge of sweeping their rivals on the road but LA showed why they have a cup under their belts. Games 1-3, the sharks outscored the kings 17-8. Games 4 & 5 the Kings have outscored the sharks 9-3. Lots of things factor into this.
1) Where is the physical sharks team that was there in games 1 & 2? Raffi? Brown? anyone?
2) Not capitalizing on special teams
3) Where are our big names? Ya we have depth but in games where you have a chance to clinch you need your big guys to step up.
I am sick and tired of everyone blaming Anti Niemi. Yes Stalock is good, don't get me wrong. Same thing happened with LA in games 1 & 2, Quick had no Defense in front of him so Quick was hung out to dry. Niemi, has no defense in front on him so he is hung out to dry and with Vlasic possibly being out in game 6, if the sharks really want to show their depth, tonight is the opportunity.
Bottom Line: Sharks need to play Sharks hockey. Hit, Compete and create traffic in front.
Prediction: Sharks 3-1