San Jose Sharks News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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3/6/14: The Sharks pounded the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 last week in a game that may not have even been that close. Everything came up aces that night for San Jose, save for one minor issue. Logan Couture, returning from a hand injury, scored what appeared to be his third goal of the night with 11 minutes left in the game. The Flyers, reportedly, did not object, but officials reviewed it for a while and disallowed the goal. It had not effect on the game, but Couture is still wondering why he did not get his hat trick.
2/27/14: The Olympic break is over and teams are getting ready for the final quarter of the season. The Sharks look to be in a good position not only to make the playoffs, but to earn one of the three automatic playoffs bids by finishing in the top three of their (Pacific) division. San Jose trails Anaheim, who has been outstanding all year, but they should be pretty secure in second. They are also getting healthier. Forward Raffi Torres is about to return after missing five months from tearing the ACL in his left knee. Torres is not going to score a lot of goals, but he is a seasoned bottom six forward who provides grit and toughness - key elements for making a run at the Stanley Cup.
2/20/14: The Sharks have a lot of players in the Olympics this year, and several are household names like Joe Thornton and Patrick Maleau. Then there is the lesser-known Joe Pavelski. Pavelski is having a pretty good year in the NHL with 54 points (including 29 goals) in 58 games. At the Olympics, he is centering a line with Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk. The trio has been scorching hot in the tournament and combined for a whopping 15 points in the Americans' first three games. He is not getting the attention that Kessel or T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues) are, but he has been on fire as Team USA heads into the elimination round.
2/13/14: San Jose heads into the Olympic break with 80 points and second place in the Pacific Division. Their nearest competitor is the L.A. Kings with 68 points, so the Sharks have built a pretty nice cushion for earning an automatic bid for the playoffs. That being said, the team has struggled to score lately, and that includes forward Patrick Marleau. Marleau just signed a three year, $20 million extension, so the bright lights on certainly on him. On the other hand, Marleau, like many scorers, is streaky. He may go a few games without sniffing the next, but can easily do something like eight goals in five games to make everyone forget his struggles.
2/6/14: It is almost inconceivable, but the Sharks laid 59 shots on Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens last week - and were shut out. That is an almost incomprehensible amount of shots, as well as the amount of saves. The Sharks are still comfortable in their number two slot in the Pacific Division, but have struggled to score lately. Prior to Scrivens great game, the Sharks were shut out by the L.A. Kings, so scoring has been a bit of a problem of late. Not to worry though. The Olympic break is around the corner and the Sharks are well positioned for a playoff run.
1/30/14: The Los Angeles Kings were able to stop the streaking Sharks, who had won their six previous games. San Jose is on fire right now, and is 7-3 in their last 10 games. They are comfortably in second place in the Pacific Division. It may be hard to catch the Anaheim Ducks who have a nine point edge, but they are a full eight points up on third place L.A. Both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau re-upped with the team for another three years, which will continue to provide stability for the roster through the 2016-17 season. Incidentally, both scored the day after signing their new deals in a 3-2 overtime win over the Wild.
1/23/14: San Jose earned a very impressive victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. The Lightning are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, even though they have been without their best player, Steven Stamkos, for a couple months due to a leg injury. The Bolts cruised to a 4-2 lead over the Sharks, with all four goals being scored by Martin St. Louis. However, the Sharks battled back and ended up winning 5-4. Those are the types of games that motivate teams and propel them to greater success. If they can skate with the Lightning, then they can compete with just about any team in the league.
1/9/14: The Sharks finally got one monkey off of their back by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks earlier in the week. San Jose is loaded with talent and will be well represented at the Sochi Winter Olympics. They may end up winning the Stanley Cup this season. However, they have had a lot of trouble with the Blackhawks for the past couple of years. That came to an end with a 4-3 shootout win on Sunday. It was the first time in seven attempts that the Sharks won this matchup. with that now out of the way, maybe the team will move on an up in the standings. Though they should be a playoff team regardless.
1/2/14: Sharks rookie sensation Tomas Hertl underwent knee surgery last week after a hit from L.A. Kings' captain Dustin Brown. Hertl has had a great rookie season so far and looks like he should have a tremendous career once he comes back from the injury. He has been ruled out of playing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia for his home Czech national team. The Sharks are now hoping that he can return sometime this season for the playoff run. That is in doubt, as there is no word on the severity of the injury or a timeline for his return.
12/26/13: One of hockey's unwritten rules (and this applies to most sports) is the concern shown by one player when he unintentionally injures another. Sharks GM Dough Wilson recalled how the great Gordie Howe tripped and injured him in his rookie season, but came around to visit him during the period break. He then lamented how Kings captain Dustin Brown showed no remorse for injuring the Sharks star rookie Tomas Hertl. Hertl is going in for surgery on his injured knee and will be out for a while. This could be another log on the fire for the growing rivalry between the Sharks and Kings.
12/19/13: Sharks forward Joe Thornton is due a new contract and the Sharks would likely want to keep him around. The good news for both sides is that the salary cap is expected to jump to over $71 million next season - a larger increase than expected. Thornton's agent (and brother) John Thornton does not think it will affect them. Thornton is rumored to be looking for a deal similar to his current one for 3 years and a $7 million per year cap hit. If he does not stay with San Jose, he will probably find a lot of teams willing to pay him - he already has 34 points in 32 games this season and shows no signs of slowing down.
12/12/13: San Jose is in an enviable position right now. In the super competitive Western Conference, and within that conference, the super competitive Pacific Division, the Sharks sit with 43 points - good for second place in the Pacific and third in the entire conference. They trail the Anaheim Ducks in the division by four points, and have slim leads over Los Angeles and a resurgent Vancouver. The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, plus two wild cards. Of course, one cannot help but wonder what they would be like in the Eastern Conference, other than they would be tied for first overall with Pittsburgh. Still, many teams would love to trade places with the Sharks right now.
12/5/13: The Sharks maybe the quietest division leader around. They continue to see-saw first and second in the Pacific with the Anaheim Ducks, which will make things interesting for the rest of the season. San Jose has been absolutely stiffling in net, and are third in the West by allowing just over two goals per game. The Sharks may be looking to trade forward Martin Havlat. He has two years and $11 million remaining on his contract, but has been demoted to the third line and was even a healthy scratch last week. Havlat has struggled all season, so a change of scenery may be in his best interest as well.
11/28/13: Brent Burns, lucky charm? Burns returned to the San Jose line up for the first time in 13 games last week, and the result was a big win. San Jose netted five goals and got their first home win in a month with his return. The Sharks are at the top of the Pacific Division, but they have a lot of company. They are tied with the Anaheim Ducks at 33 points, but the L.A. Kings and Phoenix Coyotes are right there with 32 points apiece. All four have separated themselves from the rest of the division, but it will be fun to watch them battle for playoff positions the rest of the year.
11/21/13: The Sharks have the second best record in all of the NHL and have earned 31 points through 20 games. Due to the quality of Western Conference teams, that leaves them a point out of first in the Pacific Division (behind the Anaheim Ducks with 32 points) so they would be the number 3 seed in the West if the playoffs started today. Incidentally, they would be at top of the Eastern Conference by a comfortable margin. They started out 10-1-1, but went on a five game winless streak. The team needs to finish games stronger if they are going to take over the top spot from Anaheim.
11/14/13: The Sharks started the season on fire last year, winning their first seven games. Then they lost their next seven games. They started hot this year as well, even better than last season. But once again they have cooled down and have lost their last five outings. They gave up a 3-1 then 4-3 lead to the Winnipeg Jets before losing in a shootout, as well as lost to the Kings 4-3 in overtime. The Sharks are a very talented team but cannot seem to win in shootouts. It is still early in the season and San Jose is among the better teams in the league. Chances are they will get past this slump and be a force in the playoffs.
11/7/13: At 10-1-3 the Sharks look like the cream of the NHL so far in the young season. Their only loss came to Boston who scored a game winning goal with less than one second to play. The wins look good, and that is covering a lot of injuries that the team is dealing with. Team leader Dan has missed seven games since being knocked out of the game against St. Louis. The injuries are taking a toll on the offense as well, which is not putting up the same kind of points as they were in the first part of the season. But the team is in good shape so far and should certainly be in the playoff picture come April.
10/31/13: There is a lot of questions surrounding this Sharks team. They are off to a great start - no doubt about that - lasting nine games until losing for the first time on a last second goal against Boston. But last season's team did the same thing before floundering, so there is just cause for doubting the Sharks. A couple things in the Sharks' favor right now is offense. The team is averaging over 38 shots per game and leads the league in goals per game at 4.33. Those are big numbers that cause defensemen sleepless nights.
10/24/13: The Sharks are off to a torrid start once again. Through seven games, they are an impressive 6-1. They even managed to dismantle the mighty St. Louis Blues 7-2 in St. Louis. The Sharks were unhappy after that game, though, because the Blues' intimidator hit one of their own from behind and caused an injury. The Sharks lone loss was to Dallas in a shootout. Sharks fans know better than to get too excited too early. The team won their first seven games last season before dropping their next seven. However, between the Sharks, Blues, and Blackhawks, the West could be hoisting another Cup this season.
10/17/13: Five up and five down for the San Jose Sharks so far. While a lot of the national media is consumed with the rivalry between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks, the San Jose Sharks are getting it done quietly on the West coast. The Sharks are now 5-0-0 through five games and are not showing any signs of letting up. Rookie Tomas Hertl is off to a great start and has already become a target. He scored an amazing goal by dropping the puck to himself and shooting between his legs. It was fancy enough to earn the ire of Capitals coach Adam Oates who thought he was showboating. However it gets done, the Sharks are an exciting team to watch right now.
10/10/13: Every team must negotiate land mines throughout the regular season on their way to the playoffs. In football, it is the dreaded trap game where the favorite looks beyond an inferior opponent to a future game, only to get upset. In hockey, it is very similar. Lose a few games and the team's confidence gets shaken. The Sharks historically have been good at avoiding traps and landmines, but they need to realize that young teams like the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers are very eager to take their place. San Jose has made the playoffs for the last decade, and they cannot overlook upcoming rivals if they want that to continue.
10/3/13: Throughout a lot of change in the conference, playing styles, and even two work stoppages, the Sharks (along with the Detroit Red Wings) have been models of consistency and competitiveness. San Jose has made the playoffs for the past nine seasons. That is a remarkable feat especially considering how difficult the Western Conference is. San Jose made it to Game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-finals last season and wants to build on where they left off. They still have their talented and tough core players, and should be able to make this their 10th straight playoff appearance.
9/26/13: The NHL is staging six, count 'em, six outdoor hockey games this season. There is the traditional Winter Classic. There is also the most unique game which will feature the L.A. Kings hosting the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium. Reports out of the Bay Area indicate that San Jose could be in line for an outdoor game in the 2014-15 season. It would not be the Winter Classic, but could be a stadium game, perhaps at the home of the Giants or 49ers. A lot of this may come down to how viable the warm weather game is, so all eyes will be on Dodger Stadium to see how the ice and the players hold up in the relative heat.
9/19/13: No official word has been released, but the San Jose Sharks and their fans may be getting a little bit worried about stalwart defenseman Brad Stewart. Stewart did not participate in practice last week, and even was held out of informal ice sessions earlier in the week. Stewart played in all 48 games last regular season, as well as 11 playoff games - and the 33 year old is known as a solid defenseman. In any case, the injury has not been disclosed yet, but here is hoping that it nothing serious and that Stewart gets back on the ice sooner rather than later.
9/12/13: The San Jose Sharks dipped into Sweden to land Mirco Mueller in the first round of the 2013 draft. Mueller did not have a great season in his first North American action - posting a 6-25-31 line for the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. However, he used his 6.3 frame well and displayed the physical play that will one day get him in the NHL. Currently, he is only 184 pounds, so he needs to add some bulk to compliment his height. Expect him to make a few cameo appearances with the Sharks over the next couple years before he gets on the roster full time.
9/4/13: The San Jose Sharks are kind of an enigma in the Western Conference. They always seem to play hard and have a lot of talent, but never can seem to break through to the next level. They were swept in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 by St. Louis, but had a surprisingly strong campaign last season and made it to the second round. Now the expectations are rising, and they will have to rely on more speed and physicality to win. The Western Conference is not getting any easier, but the team still has the talent to make the playoffs and make a run for the Stanley Cup.
8/29/13: The big news for the week from the San Jose Sharks is changing their uniforms. It is not a wholesale design change, and only serious fans may even notice. The team removed the shoulder yolk and went with a more traditional style. The logo and base colors are the same, so the 'next wave' as it is called, is really more of a tidying up than anything else. Of course this means that die hard fans will have to rush to get their new sweaters, and merchandise sales are always good for the team and the league.
8/22/13: This is an interesting year for the Sharks. The team has consistently put up a talented roster and has regularly made the playoffs in the super-competitive Western Conference. However, they face even more competition from the Anaheim Ducks, L.A. Kings, and a host of others like the Dallas Stars and rising Edmonton Oilers. What the Sharks could really use is consistent goaltending. Antti Niemi has always been good, but not a superstar. If he can put together a Vezina Trophy type season, or simply get hot in the playoffs, then the Sharks may have a championship banner to raise.
8/15/13: This may be a challenging year for the Sharks. The team's top six forwards are among the best in the NHL. Indeed, they have enough talent on the roster that up to six players may be playing for their respective country's Olympic team during the Winter Games in Sochi Russia. It gets hazy after that though. San Jose does not have much room under the salary cap (an estimated $400,000 once they can place Martin Havlat on the long term injury list), so they will probably have to make a trade simply to free up more space. Of course, they do have a lot of skill, so maybe they will not need to add too much.
8/8/13: The San Jose Sharks may be well represented in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi Russia. So far, six players on the roster have been invited to their country's training camps. This does not mean they will make their respective teams, but does show the kind of talent San Jose has stockpiled on their roster. For the U.S., Joe Pavelski is the invitee, and Finland is calling upon goaltender Antti Niemi. Canada, though has invited four: team captain Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, Logan Couture, and Marc-Eduoard Vlasic. Interestingly, Patrick Marleau was left off the roster.
7/25/13: The realignment of the NHL divisions will have an effect on the San Jose Sharks. According to travel calculations, the Sharks will be the most traveled team in the league next season with about 58,000 miles. The next closest team is the Phoenix Coyotes with about 53,000 miles, while the average for the whole league will be about 41,000 miles. The good news is that the team will stay in the Pacific time zone for much of the season, though they will have to take a few trips to the East Coast to play every team in their home arena at least once.
5/30/13: The Sharks gave all they could, but like everyone else, they simply could not uproot the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks took the Kings to seven games and lost 2-1 in the series finale. The Sharks did make great strides this season in the playoffs compared to last year. A year ago, the Sharks were swept by the St. Louis Blues in four games in the first round. This year, however, they did the first round sweeping by embarrassing the Vancouver Canucks in four games. If San Jose can hold on to their core, then they should be able to contend next season.
5/23/13: Most people would be concentrating on the fact that the Sharks are down 2-1 in the second round of the playoffs. Most people are not Doug Wilson. Wilson took exception to Raffi Torres' suspension through the second round of the playoffs by the NHL (read: Brendan Shanahan). Wilson had the gall to claim that the NHL made a wrong decision on Torres' hit. That got the team fined $100,000. Perhaps this is a motivational tool. And if it only costs $100,000 to get to the next round, then it will be a good investment. For the record, Wilson was correct.
5/16/13: San Jose made quick work of the Vancouver Canucks, easily taking the series without breaking a sweat. The Sharks are set to take on in-state rival the Los Angeles Kings in the second round. San Jose has a team built for the playoffs. They are big, strong, can score, and have good goaltending. The Sharks were run out of the playoffs early by being embarrassed by St. Louis last year in four quick games. But in the same way the Sharks cannot beat the Blues, the Blues cannot beat the Kings - who eliminated St. Louis in six games this postseason.
4/25/13: The Sharks look like they are going to make the playoffs. They are currently only a point out of qualifying - just like the St. Louis Blues. Both teams should be in the post season wit the real question being the seed number. It would be interesting if the two teams could finish at four and five, and have a rematch of the first round series from last season (Blues won easily). But the Kings are most likely to take the four seed, which could put the Sharks against the defending Stanley Cup champions in the first round.
4/11/13: San Jose should make the playoffs, but they are having a bit of a crisis of confidence right now. The surging Columbus Blue Jackets to it to the Sharks in Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, shutting out San Jose 4-0. The Sharks currently sit in the sixth seed, and are battling with the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, and Columbus Blue Jackets for playoff position. There are not enough spots to fill all the teams, but the Sharks should get in. With less than ten games to go, a winning record in the home stretch should get San Jose over the top.
3/28/13: Perhaps no team in the West needs to get their act together more than the San Jose Sharks. There is no question that the team has plenty of talent - they are big, fast, can score and have a good goalie. But the Sharks have struggled all season, and find themselves scrambling to get themselves into the playoffs. The Sharks faced the Wild on Saturday afternoon, and came away 2-0 losers in a tremendously physical game. None of the Sharks top offensive weapons could solve goaltender Nikolas Backstrom, who has solidified his spot as the number one goalie in Minnesota.
10/4/12: The San Jose Sharks have seen some defections to Europe during the NHL lockout. Douglas Murray has signed with Djurgarden in Sweden and has appeared in one game so far without registering a point. In the Swiss league, Sharks team captain Joe Thornton has signed with Davos, where he played during the 2004 NHL lockout. So far in five games Thornton has chipped in five points on one goal and four assists. He is playing on a line with New York Rangers star Rick Nash. Logan Couture has signed with Gen?ve-Servette and has appeared in three games with two assists.
9/27/12: The San Jose Sharks saw another one of their top players head to Europe to play during the NHL lockout. Defenseman Douglas Murray has signed with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite league. Murray is from Djurgarden so this is a home town reunion for the defenseman. Murray is a big physical defenseman who played in 60 games for San Jose last year, putting up only 4 assists. The Sharks saw their best player, team captain Joe Thornton sign with a team in the Swiss league last week. So far in four games with Davos Thornton has four assists.
8/16/12: The San Jose Sharks have had a somewhat quiet off season. They were rumored to be involved in some of the bigger free agent deals this summer but did not end up pulling the trigger. They made a minor move this week by re- signing forward Brandon Mashinter to a one-year contract. Mashinter spent most of last season in Worcester of the American Hockey League where he scored 33 points in 65 games. Mashinter is a big player but the Sharks most likely made this move to keep some depth in their system. It would be surprising to see Mashinter see much time with the Sharks this season.
7/26/12: The San Jose Sharks had been one of the NHL teams that were rumored to be a possible landing spot for Columbus All-Star forward Rick Nash. Those rumors blew up this week as Nash was ultimately traded to the New York Rangers and the Sharks are left still looking for a big move this off season. One story surfaced that the Sharks had offered forward Joe Pavelski to Columbus for Nash. Pavelski scored a career high 31 goals last year and having the Blue Jackets pass on the deal may end up being a blessing in disguise as he is younger than Nash.
5/3/12: With an early exit to the playoffs the San Jose Sharks now must face a summer with a lot of questions. First off, are the coach and general manager safe? The Sharks owners came out this past week and gave general manager Doug Wilson a vote of confidence of sorts so it appears that he will be back with the Sharks next year. That still leaves the status of coach Todd McLellan up in the air. McLellan has had tremendous regular season success with the Sharks but has failed to get them into the finals and you have to wonder if it's time for a change.
4/26/12: The Sharks got ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs this week falling to the St. Louis Blues four games to one in the first round. It was the end for a team that was among the few who were considered pre-season contenders for the Stanley Cup and now the Sharks face an off season full of questions. They have an aging roster with guys like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau who have huge salaries. Is it time to break up the Sharks and rebuild or can they try to tweak what they have and make one more run next year.
4/19/12: After stunning the St. Louis Blues with a 3-2 Overtime win in Game 1 of their opening round Stanley Cup playoff series the Sharks dropped the next two and now find themselves down two games to one. Things were looking good for the Sharks in the first game as Martin Havlat scored two goals, including the game winner in overtime. They now face a must win at home in Game 4 or they will have to head back to St. Louis down three games to one. That kind of deficit would be almost insurmountable and lead to an early exit for a team that was a preseason favorite.
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SHARKS SCORES4 wins, 1 loss (80%)
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