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3/25/15: The San Jose Sharks may just be playing out the string at this point, trying to get the season over so they can all rest. True, the Sharks, like the Colorado Avalanche, have an outside shot at the playoffs. However, there has certainly been a lot of negativity coming out of San Jose for the past few weeks. This may be the final stretch of games for forward Joe Thornton. The team does not seem to want him like they used to and the frustration is certainly building up. If they do somehow slip into the playoffs, then they would likely face either Anaheim, St. Louis or Nashville in the first round.
3/18/15: This cannot be good for the San Jose Sharks. GM Doug Wilson said that the team took his captain's rank from Joe Thornton last offseason because the pressure was getting to him. Thornton responded that Wilson should "shut his mouth". Tensions are obviously rising in the Sharks organization, and that is not a good sign for a team that is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. Regardless of how the Sharks finish, and they have been playing well of late, Thornton may find himself out of San Jose after this season, which may lead him to retire.
3/11/15: The San Jose Sharks have enjoyed (or rather, endured) a roller coaster season in 2014-15. They seem to trade off between long losing streaks and long winning streaks. With just 15 games left in the season, they better hope they get on one of those winning streaks soon so they can make the playoffs. They are four points and two teams away from a wild card birth. San Jose just has not been able to specialize in any key area this season. They have scored just about as much as they have given up and are much better on the road than at home. They have a tough weekend ahead of them too, as they host Nashville on Thursday and Chicago on Saturday.
3/4/15: Sports journalists, bloggers and especially Internet trolls are known for being extremely harsh on teams, players, coaches, GMs, owners and just about everyone associated with any given team. But they are probably not as harsh as San Jose head coach Todd McClellan is on his team. The Sharks have fallen out of a playoff spot over the past couple of weeks and only have three wins in their last 10 games. McClellan referred to his team as "fragile". Well, identifying the problem is the first step. Doing something about it needs to happen now or San Jose may miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
2/25/15: San Jose continued their roller coaster season, this time on the downward trend, with a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium. The made-for-primetime event was another outdoor game, this time in front of 70,000 fans. That loss was their sixth in their last 10 games and kept the Sharks from gaining any ground in the crowded Pacific Division. Vancouver, Los Angeles, Calgary and San Jose are all bunched up within one point of each other in the standings. Two of those teams will get a guaranteed playoff spot with the other two hoping to earn a wild card invite to the postseason.
2/18/15: Those in the Bay Area this Saturday could have the chance to see the first outdoor hockey game at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara this Saturday. This is part of the NHL's Stadium Series of games and features the San Jose Sharks hosting the rival Los Angeles Kings at the home of the San Francisco 49ers (which will also host the Super Bowl next year). The game is expected to sell out. San Jose has been maddeningly inconsistent this season, but still have a good chance to make the playoffs. The Kings, however, have struggled mightily for the past month and are in danger of not being able to defend their Stanley Cup.
2/11/15: With relative silence, the San Jose Sharks have snuck into second place in the Pacific Division, ahead of Calgary, Vancouver and the slumping Los Angeles Kings. While there is virtually no chance of catching the Anaheim Ducks for first place (the Ducks have a healthy 12 point lead in the standings), second place is very important because it will give them home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Sharks are on the road Friday at Arizona, which they should win, then get a great test at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.
2/5/15: San Jose is the tops of four teams fighting for two playoff spots in the Pacific Division. While Anaheim is running away with the division, the Sharks have actually been one of the better teams in the NHL over the last two months. One may not recognize that by listening to head coach Todd McClellan speak, but it is true. And the Sharks added another big win last week by bulldozing the Ducks 6-3. San Jose has won nine of their last 12 meetings with the Ducks, including seven in a row at home. That is important, because there is a very good chance that San Jose will meet up with Anaheim again in the playoffs.
1/28/15: San Jose's streaky nature is benefiting them right now. They went into the All Star break second in the Pacific Division with 56 points, though there is a log-jam in the works with the Sharks, Canucks, Flames and Kings all within four points of each other. The Sharks are an odd team in that they have a solid 25-17-6 record but a -1 goal differential. Again, that goes back to their streaky nature where they can win six in a row but then get routed for a few straight games. In any case, the Sharks are squarely in the playoff hunt and should be until the end of the regular season.
1/21/15: San Jose is a difficult team to keep track of because they tend to be so streaky. They have been streaky good over the last month or so, and that has propelled them toward the top of a group of teams battling for second and third place in the Pacific Division. What is troubling is that they have eight more wins than losses, yet their goal differential is zero. Going forward, they will have to improve in shootouts. Whether traditionalists like shootouts or not is moot as they are here to stay. But San Jose is only 2-4 in shootouts this season, and that could be the difference in playoff seeding in a couple of months.
1/14/15: The Sharks, as they have been all season, remain a mystery. They are always streaky, though this time the are streaking downward. They hoped to reverse that trend when longtime Shark Dan Boyle made his first visit back to the Shark Tank with the New York Rangers. The team gave Boyle an emotional tribute, which was kind of odd because they basically cut ties with him in a sudden fashion last year. The good feelings did not last through the game, though, as the Rangers won 3-1. San Jose is at home this week to host Toronto on Thursday, Calgary on Saturday, New Jersey on Monday and L.A. the following Wednesday.
1/7/15: San Jose is among four teams fighting for two guaranteed playoff spots in the Pacific Division. The Sharks are locked in a battle with Los Angeles, Vancouver and Calgary, which make for fascinating theater in the second half of the season. Since the team is notoriously streaky, it is tough to tell how they will finish. But what is known is that they will be in their best position to win if they have their best players. That is a big 'if' right now, as Joe Thornton was shaken up after taking a big hit from the Ducks' Clayton Stoner. Thornton is a pretty tough guy, so he may not be out long, and should be back by Saturday when San Jose hosts the New York Rangers.
12/3/14: It is a tough time to be a Sharks fan. San Jose has been one of the better franchises in the NHL for quite a while and has not missed the playoffs since 2003. But they are a disappointing 11-10-4 this season and, as owner Haso Plattner wrote, "have to fight to reach the top eight in our conference" to make the playoffs again. At least San Jose snapped a four game winless streak last week, and did so against Anaheim. Now they just need to build on that win and return to their customary spot near the top of the standings.
11/19/14: We are getting to the point in the season where teams are learning their identities and performing as such. That holds true for most of the league, but the San Jose Sharks remain an enigma. They were outclassed in South Florida by the Panthers, then come back two days later with one of their best games of the year - a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are an elite team. They actually controlled that game from start to finish. The Sharks are languishing in the bottom half of the Pacific standings, but certainly have shown that they can play with anyone.
11/12/14: There are a lot of great traditional rivalries in the Western Conference, but new ones are always forming. One new one is Dallas and San Jose. They have never liked each other, but the bar was raised when the Stars Antoine Roussel ran Sharks goalie Alex Stalock. Stalock was out of the crease to play the puck and Roussel hit him like a position player. While legal, it is against 'The Code' and the Sharks came to his defense and a brawl broke out. The Sharks rallied to win the game 5-3, but this sets the tone for the next time these two teams meet.
11/5/14: In a matter of weeks the San Jose Sharks have fallen from the hottest team in the NHL to the lower half of the Pacific Division. Still ahead of Arizona and Edmonton. The season is still quite young, and the Sharks are above .500, but something is missing this season - maybe it is a hangover from their elimination from the playoffs last season. Second year forward Thomas Hertl has even been demoted to the fourth line. San Jose has a tough schedule this week, hosting Vancouver before heading out to Dallas, Chicago and Florida, all in six days.
10/29/14: The Sharks started out with a very strong 4-0-1 record. But then they did what they have been known to do in the past, which is go on a prolonged losing streak. That hit a new low last Saturday when San Jose was bested by lowly Buffalo 2-1. It was only Buffalo's second win of the season. Despite it being their fourth loss in a row, at leas Marc-Edouard Vlasic says that "there's nothing wrong with the Sharks". San Jose is in the middle of a long road trip right now, one that may have them under .500 when they return home to host the New York Islanders on Saturday, November 1st.
10/22/14: The San Jose Sharks are off to a fast start this season. That should not be a surprise to an knowledgeable hockey fan, though. Despite reorganizing the team a bit and shipping off a few stalwarts, the team is loaded with talent. Additionally, they have to be motivated by the embarrassing first round playoff elimination to the L.A. Kings after going up three games to none. This invites comparisons to the 2011 Boston Bruins who were in a similar position (the Bruins were up 3-0 on Philadelphia in the previous playoffs and lost the series). All Boston did was go on to win the Stanley Cup that season. It is too early to make that comparison, but the Sharks would like for history to repeat.
10/15/14: It is not the same thing as retribution, and it is not getting even, but the Sharks 4-0 win over the L.A. Kings on opening night is a nice start. The NHL schedule makers played a cruel joke on the Sharks, having them be the visiting team to the Kings, as L.A. opened up their season. Of course, the Kings raised the banner of their Stanley Cup victory, which included coming back from down three game to none in the opening series. But the Sharks played with determination and completely shut down the Kings in this game. These two teams may meet again in the playoffs this season, possibly with different results.
10/8/14: The San Jose Sharks, as an organization, are ready to move on from last season's heartbreaking first round elimination to the L.A. Kings after being up three games to none. Sharks' forward Logan Couture is reportedly ready to move on as well. He had a frustrating season aside from the playoff loss. He suffered a hand injury last January and was left off of the Canadian Olympic team that won the gold medal. If what head coach Todd McClellan says is true, then he is not carrying "any baggage" going into the new season. San Jose opens up at L.A. on Wednesday, which just seems cruel.
10/1/14: A few years ago, the St. Louis Blues allowed goaltenders Brian Elliott and Jaro Halak to split time. They were rewarded with the lowest goals against average in the league. That strategy of splitting time and giving the hot goalie the start is beginning to pick up in the NHL. The Sharks say that is the plan with Antti Niemi and Alex Stalock. Niemi comes in with a strong pedigree that includes a Stanley Cup and Vezina Trophy nomination. Head coach Todd McLellan says both will get an opportunity to play early, but the hot goalie will be ridden for awhile.
9/24/14: The San Jose Sharks are going to be an interesting team to watch this season. There is no doubting the talent that they have on the roster - even if they did get rid of a few key players in the offseason, such as Dan Boyle. They initially over-reacted to getting knocked out by the Kings in the playoffs after taking a 3-0 series lead. But the ship seems to have righted over the summer. What will be interesting is how the new leaders on the team work out and if they do or do not suffer a hangover from that devastating playoff loss. We will see in very short order.
9/17/14: Paraphrasing the words of the immortal Dan Fielding: " I asked for a man and you gave me a mountain!". That must be what the Sharks are thinking as Mirco Mueller (listed at 6'3 and 175 pounds last season) reported to camp at 205 pounds. Mueller added 10 pounds of muscle last season, but this is a breakthrough - now he looks like a real NHL defenseman. The added weight may get him a spot on the NHL roster, as he will be able to fend off battles in the corners and stake his claim in front of the net. Even better is that he is only 19, so he can probably add a bit more mass and muscle over the next few years.
8/28/14: Any criticism thrown at San Jose for their knee-jerk reaction from being bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the L.A. Kings (after taking a 3-0 lead) may be justified. The team shipped out some top players and essentially issued ultimatums to those who remained. Last week, they stripped Joe Thornton of his captaincy and removed Patrick Marleau as assistant captain. Of course, the news traveled via media and not directly from the team to Thornton. Whether or not it will affect the team next season remains to be seen, but (at least publicly) the Sharks seem to continue to make missteps at every turn.
8/21/14: The San Jose Sharks, finally, seem to realize the public relations blunder they made right after the playoffs. The perception is that the Sharks over-reacted to their first round departure with talk of changing the guard and keeping only players that want to be there. Reportedly, that did not go over well with team leaders and veterans. The Sharks are now reversing course and taking every chance they get to 'clarify' their rebuild. That includes keeping Joe Thornton and Patrick Maleau as 'part of the solution' (as opposed the part of the problem like it seemed just a couple of months ago).
8/14/14: The Sharks and the NHL announced a couple of weeks ago that the team would host an outdoor game in the 2014-15 season as part of the Stadium Series. The game will be on February 21, 2015 at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. That should be a great venue, but many people wanted the game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, where the Giants play. Levi's Stadium was apparently selected because of a much larger seating capacity. AT&T Park would have the iconic San Francisco vista though. But, new reports indicate that if San Jose gets a second outdoor game at some point, then it will be at AT&T Park.
8/7/14: The speculation finally came true last week as the NHL announced that the San Jose Sharks would indeed host an outdoor game in the Stadium Series next season. While this is not the January 1st Winter Classic, it is a great opportunity for the Sharks and the NHL. The game will be played in the brand new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, which is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. San Jose will face off against the LA Kings at 7pm on Saturday, February 21. Many had hoped the game would have been at AT&T Park, but Levi's holds about 30,000 more people.
7/31/14: The Sharks, and more specifically, General Manager Doug Wilson has essentially issued a mandate to the players that they want more commitment to the team and more leadership and productivity from their young players. While that may not benefit mainstays like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, it does provide opportunities for youngsters like Mirco Mueller. Mueller was the 18th overall selection a year ago and spent most of last season at the junior level. With the call for youth by top team brass, he has a chance to make the NHL team this fall. Currently, the Sharks only have six defensemen on the roster, so the door is cracked open for Mueller or someone else.
7/24/14: The San Jose Sharks are determined to enter the 2014-15 season with a new culture and attitude. The team has already gotten rid of defenseman Dan Boyle and right winger Martin Havlat while brining in bruising left winger John Scott and defenseman Taylor Fedun. General Manager Doug Wilson wants more productivity and leadership out of younger players like Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. That may mean a diminished role for veterans like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. It looks like Wilson is fairly content with the roster, but wants a more edgy attitude in the locker room and on the ice.
7/17/14: The Sharks are continuing their rebuilding and have said that they want put more focus and leadership responsibilities on some of their younger players. That does not sound like they are too concerned with the veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. One of their young guns is Tomas Hertl. Hertl was enjoying a great rookie campaign before a knee injury cost him 45 games. The alarm bells sounded last week when he tweaked his knee in a prospect development camp, though the team insists that it is very minor and should not have any effect going into training camp.
7/10/14: It certainly should be a new look in San Jose next season as the team continues to overhaul their roster. It is fair to assume that there is a lot of disappointment in San Jose after taking a three games to zero lead on the LA Kings, only to lose the first round series in seven games. It is also safe to say that it was among the biggest collapses in NHL history. Dan Boyle is gone and the team has been non-committal with captain Joe Thornton. They did trade their 2015 third round pick to the Philadelphia Flyers last week. In return, they go restricted free agent Tye McGinn, younger brother of former Shark Jamie McGinn.
7/3/14: So far, there is no resolution on the future of Sharks captain Joe Thornton. Thornton says he wants to only play in San Jose, but team management is not sold yet. There have been rumors that Thornton will be traded, along with Patrick Marleau. This seems like a big over-reaction by the Sharks to their first round elimination from the playoffs. As extreme as it may be, Thornton will likely be back with the Sharks, though head coach Todd McLellan does not rule out stripping the Captain title from Thornton next season. Again, over-reaction, but it could well happen.
6/26/14: The Sharks seemed determined to make big changes this offseason. The team is reeling from being up three games to none over the LA Kings, only to lose in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup winners. Dan Boyle is already gone and more moves are sure to come. The biggest question mark is Joe Thornton. The team is reportedly trying to trade him away. Thornton may want to stay in San Jose, but the team maybe looking to move on to Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski as their new team leaders. Thornton is getting on in years, but is still a force to be reckoned with on the ice, and the Sharks could probably get a nice return in a trade.
6/19/14: Like several other teams, the Sharks would like to host an outdoor game next season. It would not be the Winter Classic because that is already scheduled to be in Washington. It could be one of the Stadium Series games though, and early reports indicate that the Sharks will indeed be one of the hosts. There are still some big items to figure out. They need an opponent (the Canucks, Kings, and Ducks all make sense). They also need a location. AT&T Park and Levi's Stadium are the most likely locations. AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play, would be a captivating venue, particularly since it sits on the water and provides amazing views.
6/12/14: San Jose is looking to change their culture as GM Doug Wilson stated and re-stated that he wants players that want more than just to live in San Jose. Who those players are is not known at this time, but one of them maybe Dan Boyle. The Sharks said they would not bring him back next season and traded his rights to the New York Islanders for a conditional fifth round pick. The Isles have a few weeks to sign him to a deal or Boyle will become an unrestricted free agent. If no deal gets done, then New York does not owe San Jose anything, and Boyle can sign wherever he wants.
6/6/14: It was a tough week for Skelleftea. Who or what is Skelleftea? They are the dominant team in the Sweedish professional ranks and they are getting raided by NHL teams looking for talent. San Jose became the latest team to take from the team as they signed forward Melker Karlsonn to a one year deal. Karlsson had 25 points in 48 regular season games as well as 12 more points in the playoffs. The St. Louis Blues and Nashville Predators signed players earlier, and another Skelleftea player is now going to play in the KHL in Russia.
5/29/14: We are not going to delve into the historic disaster that was the 2014 playoffs for the San Jose Sharks. That has been well documented and seems like piling on at this point. While the team may still be smarting from their elimination, they still have a very strong core group of players. Reports now indicate that they will not be major players in free agency this season and prefer to go forward with their young players. In good news for the fans, the team announced that they will not raise ticket prices next season, so at least they have that going for them.
5/22/14: The San Jose Sharks may want head coach Todd McClellan back next season - though he may be the apple of the Toronto Maple Leafs' eye. At the same time, they look to go forward without the services of defenseman Dan Boyle and forward Martin Havlet. Sharks' GM Doug Wilson stated on a call with the media that those two are not expected to return. Boyle is a free agent, so that is easy enough. Havlet, however, has another year at $5 million on his contract. That means they will have to trade or cut him. Either way, there is a very good chance that the Sharks will be paying some or all of his contract in the 2014-15 season.
5/15/14: There has not been much news out of San Jose since the Sharks dropped a 3-0 series lead to the L.A. Kings and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. There are no two ways around it, it was a devastating toll for the Sharks and they can either come back hungrier than ever or erode away over the next few seasons. Despite the collapse, the Sharks still want head coach Todd McClellan back behind the bench next season, and for good reason. He is a great coach. If he decides to leave, then his next job may be in Toronto to rebuild that once-proud franchise.
5/8/14: What's next for the Sharks? The team became the fourth team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 playoff series lead and lose the series. Once up by three games, one should never lose a series. So the Sharks are at home while the Kings are playing the Ducks in the second round. Many have called for head coach Todd McClellan's job, However, it looks like he will be back next season. He has guided them to a lot of success, though just cannot seem to get to the top level. In any case, the Sharks are still a very good team and will be back next season.
5/1/14: It is not as good to be a Sharks fan this week as it was a week ago. Way back then, the Sharks had a commanding 3-0 series lead on the L.A. Kings. One more win would push them into the second round (against Anaheim). But before the take on that Southern California nemesis, they need to dispatch of the current Southern California nemesis. The Sharks have not been able to put away the Kings, and L.A. has won three in a row to force a decisive Game 7. The Sharks have home ice for the series finale, as well as history. Of the seven previous teams to surrender three game advantage in the NHL, five have come together to win Game 7.
4/24/14: The Sharks and the Kings have met up in the playoffs three times in the past few years, with each team taking a series. If this is the rubber match, it has not been much of one so far. The Sharks own a commanding three games to zero lead, and L.A. was only competitive in the last one, which went to overtime. The first two games, in San Jose, were blowouts. Game 1 was 6-3, but San Jose had a five goal lead at one point, and Game 2 was 7-2. The Sharks look like one of the best teams in the playoffs right now, and are poised for a long run.
4/17/14: Right on cue, the Sharks got better before the playoffs - both literally and figuratively. The team welcomed back rookie forward Tomas Hertl last Friday, just in time to host the red-hot Colorado Avalanche. Hertl has missed the past 45 games after a collision (on December 19th) with L.A. Kings captain Dustin Brown resulted in a torn PCL and MCL in his right knee. Hertl had surgery and rehab to repair the damage, and is now medically cleared to play. The Sharks could use his talents, as they are likely to play the Kings in the first round of the playoffs next week.
4/10/14: The rivalries among the NHL's California teams (San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, and L.A. Kings) are as intense as any in the league. Likely because they are on the West Coast, they do not get the acclaim of say the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, or the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers rivalries. However, these are the best three teams in the Pacific Division by a large margin. The Sharks faced the Kings for the final time in the regular season last week, with San Jose winning 2-1 in a playoff-like atmosphere. While L.A. is locked into third place, the Sharks are still battling with the Ducks for first place. The loser earns a seven game series with the Kings.
4/3/14: San Jose is back in the playoffs, the only question is where they will be seeded. The Sharks are neck and neck with the Anaheim Ducks, though the Ducks have three games in hand to pull ahead. San Jose is also four points behind Western Conference leader St. Louis, but, like the Ducks, the Blues also have three more games to play than the Sharks. Chances are, the Sharks will play either the first wild card winner (likely Minnesota or Phoenix, though Dallas has a chance) or the L.A. Kings in the first round. The Kings are pretty much locked in to their spot as third in the Pacific Division.
3/27/14: San Jose is not going to go away quietly. They were considered the second best team in California even recently, but have stormed back to take over first place from the Anaheim Ducks (in the Pacific Division). As poetic justice, they earned that ranking by beating the Ducks 3-2 in overtime last week. Both are neck and neck, and the division race will probably come down to the last week of the regular season. Both are also within striking distance of the Western Conference leading St. Louis Blues and jockeying for position with the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche.
3/20/14: A few weeks ago, the Anaheim Ducks were dominating the both the Pacific Division and the NHL standings. At the time, they looked like a lock to win the President's Trophy. But the Ducks have fallen on hard times lately and guess what? The Sharks have caught them in the standings. It looks like all three California teams will make the playoffs and will finish 1-2-3 in the Pacific Division standings. The question is in what order. The Sharks are a big and physical team, just the right amount of size and grit to do a lot of damage in the playoffs, no matter what seed they find themselves with.
3/13/14: The Sharks poured it on last week against the Pittsburgh Penguins, winning 5-3. San Jose has one of the best teams in the NHL this season and should be considered to be one of the favorites heading into the playoffs. They are gaining believers outside of the Bay Area as well. After the game, Pens head coach Dan Bylsma noted his admiration for San Jose. He praised his opponent for playing both a fast and a physical game - usually teams are one or the other. He went to far as to say that they are the best team in the NHL right now. That may be true, and if not, then they are one of the best. But certainly St. Louis, Chicago and Anaheim may have something to say about that.
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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Scores and Schedule
|Apr 11, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Los Angeles Kings||1 - 4|
|Apr 9, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Edmonton Oilers||3 - 1|
|Mar 29, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Pittsburgh Penguins||2 - 3|
|Mar 28, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Philadelphia Flyers||3 - 2|
|Mar 26, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Detroit Red Wings||6 - 4|
|Mar 23, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Ottawa Senators||2 - 5|
|Mar 21, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Montreal Canadiens||0 - 2|
|Mar 19, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Toronto Maple Leafs||4 - 1|
|Mar 17, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Winnipeg Jets||2 - 5|
|Mar 14, 2015||Chicago Blackhawks - San Jose Sharks||6 - 2|
|Mar 12, 2015||Nashville Predators - San Jose Sharks||0 - 2|
|Mar 9, 2015||Pittsburgh Penguins - San Jose Sharks||1 - 2|
|Mar 3, 2015||San Jose Sharks - Vancouver Canucks||6 - 2|
|Mar 2, 2015||Montreal Canadiens - San Jose Sharks||0 - 4|
|Feb 28, 2015||Ottawa Senators - San Jose Sharks||4 - 2|