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Sharks vs. Avalanche: The Return of Hertl

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Tonight is the last home game of the regular season for the Sharks and it's against one of the Central Division leaders, the Colorado Avalanche

Hertl returns tonight. Dream? This is dream.
Hertl returns tonight. Dream? This is dream.
Thearon W. Henderson

So the Sharks didn't win the division. So the damn Ducks did. It stings, but the show must go on and every other cliché there is out there.

Tonight, at the last regular season home game, the Sharks are going to play the Colorado Avalanche, who sit high atop the Central Division, trying to win their division title. They've got some talent on their team with players like Nathan MacKinnon and the like. But there might be one thing in their way tonight:

HERTL HERTL HERTL HERTL HERTL

And here's some fancystats to your liking. Or not. I don't know if you're a fancystat person. If you are, cool; if not, cool.

Tomas Hertl has a PDO of 101.7 and a CF% of 56.6%. His GF% is 61.9% and the GF% rel is +9.6%. So, y'know. Hertl. He's a pretty cool fellow. Czech Hockey Prince, no big deal or anything.

(NEVER LEAVE US AGAIN, HERTL, AND SCREW YOU FOREVER DUSTIN BROWN.)

This preview has turned into the Tomas Hertl Show and I, for one, am not particularly sorry about it.

Go Sharks.

Colorado Avalanche

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San Jose Sharks
52-21-7, 111 points
49-22-9, 107 points
1st in Central
2nd in Pacific

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Projected Sharks Lineup

Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
Tomas Hertl (!!!) - James Sheppard - Tommy Wingels
Bracken Kearns - Andrew Desjardins - Tyler Kennedy

Brad Stuart - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers

Alex Stalock
Antti Niemi

Projected Avalanche Lineup

Ryan O'Reilly - Nathan MacKinnon - Jamie McGinn
John Mitchell - Paul Stastny - Gabriel Landeskog
Patrick Bordeleau - Maxime Talbot - Marc-Andre Cliche
Ryan Wilson - Paul Carey - Brad Malone

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson
Andre Benoit - Nate Guenin
Nick Holden - Tyson Barrie

Reto Berra
Semyon Varlamov