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Deep Blue Sea: A guide to playoffs for when you only care about the Sharks

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Only six teams competing in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Qualifiers are without a former Sharks player on their roster.

WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 9: Derek Stepan #21 and Jason Demers #55 of the Arizona Coyotes discuss strategy during a second period stoppage in play against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on March 9, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Miss you, Daddy.
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When your team isn’t in the playoffs, how do you choose who to root for?

For me, it’s pretty simple: which players do I like the most and which ones have personally wronged me by concussing a former Western Michigan Bronco Hockey Player (looking at you, Ryan Reaves).

While it’s easy enough to get on my bad side (play for any team except the Sharks), getting on my good side means getting right with the Big Man Upstairs: that’s right, Doug Wilson. Wearing a Sharks jersey at some point in your career might make me hate you just a little bit less than I hate all of the cool kids at your new school that you left me for and I’m definitely not bitter about.

So that said, let’s take a look at all of the former Sharks who are currently in the NHL bubble cities:

The good news about this method is that I have an excuse to not want Canada to win the Cup. It’s just maths, you can’t get mad at me because Sharks don’t want to go up North. And it’s a good thing I got over my Patrick Marleau feelings two years ago because the entire Pittsburgh Penguins roster at any given moment is dead to me and I couldn’t deal with that kind of contradiction.

I’m not sure this actually helped me care about any of these teams as much as it made me miss a bunch of players.

(Joonas Donskoi.)

(I’m talking about Joonas Donskoi.)

Before I kick you over to today’s links, please enjoy this Tweet, which I will be thinking about for the next year:

News & Notes

  • Sharks’ Prospect Profile: Sasha Chmelevski [The Hockey Writers]
  • Previously on: How much better do Dillon and Kovalchuk make the Caps? [NBC Sports Washington]
  • Rod Brind’Amour: ‘Now that you’re here, you know that hockey is right around the corner’ [Canes Country]
  • Oilers hold moment of silence for Cave, play touching tribute video [NHL.com]
  • Twitter, Disney And The NHL Form Partnership As Hockey Nears Its Return [Deadline]
  • First Game In NHL Bubble Looks And Sounds … Fantastic [CBS Boston]
  • Zoom Workouts and On-Ice Drills: The Life of a Ref in the NHL Bubble [Sports Illustrated]
  • ‘There is no playbook for this’: Inside broadcast plans for the NHL’s return [The Athletic]

Recaps & Scores

Click each team’s name to find a recap on their own SB Nation team site!

On the Schedule

We’ll have an Eastern Conference open thread run at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET and a Western Conference open thread at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET. If you check out any of today’s game, swing by and chat!