Sharks Gameday: A Team We Need To Beat



5:00 PST
31-39-2, 62 points 47-14-10, 104 points
5th in Northwest Division 1st in Pacific Division
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Yesterday was nice, but I'm not too gung ho about it honestly. The Sharks played well, but Dallas is pretty bad this year and banged up with a lot of injuries to boot. I can't wait for them to miss the playoffs. It's going to feel like that Christmas where my mom got me August & Everything After by Counting Crows along with NHL '94 for Genesis, except it's going to be ten times better and I won't have to share it with my brother.

As for yesterday, the first ten minutes are what's holding me back from applauding San Jose fully. Vlasic, Moen, and Ehrhoff all had superb plays to thwart three separate scoring opportunities (open nets in reality), and if Dallas buries two of those it's a completely different game. Throw in a good bounce off a skate (Michalek's) and an empty netter (Patty's), and it wasn't as resounding as I want to think it was.

I guess what I'm trying to say is not too high, not too low. It was a very solid all around effort, and the team as a whole has done a good job of responding after their team meeting on the 18th; but the fact is they need to continue that effort, and do so on the road against teams who are closer to them in the standings. It's really the only thing keeping me watching these last ten or so games without falling asleep.

Colorado is a must win in the sense that the 1 seed could be ours tomorrow outright, or at least for an hour or so. The injuries to Blake and Goc hurt a lot (Goc has played phenomenal along with that entire third line), but that's the nature of the beast. It's late enough in the season where those things become less of an excuse and more of an aspect that you just have to deal with.

Sorry for the short recap yesterday and the light gameday today- just finished finals and Mr. Walker is calling. Trivia goes up at 5 sharp for all those interested.

See ya in the thread ladies and gentlemen.

Prediction: Sharks win 3-1. Goals by Goc, Clowe, and Blake. Goals by Moen, Michalek, and Boyle, the last two coming on the power play.

Go Sharks.