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Jamie's Thought of the Day - 3/4/2013

by Jamie Baker / San Jose Sharks

Maybe the reason the Sharks are struggling offensively is the team is in transition. I say that because this version of the Sharks has had a total team commitment to team defense. The goaltending has been great and pretty much every player is sacrificing in some way for the collective whole, from a defense first standpoint. Here are the facts:

Goals Against Per Game: 2.05 3rd NHL

Penalty Killing: 86.7% 4th NHL

Given up 2 or less goals in a game: 14x (8-2-4)

5-5 Goals Against: 25

Defense wins championships and this year the Sharks are playing as well defensively as I have seem in a long time. Remember the LA Kings struggled last year to score but built the foundation of team defense, solid PK and great goaltending during the regular season and their playoff ride was pretty decent to say the least.

Good test this week as the Sharks head to Canada to play back to back games against Vancouver and Calgary.


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