Voila, the Sharks are finally on a roll as they have won six of the last seven games they have played, including five straight at home.
We are starting to see an identity surround this Sharks team now that they have endured the toughest start to a season in NHL history from a travel standpoint and now have had time to get some rest, practices in and play some home games.
That said, the schedule is much lighter from a travel schedule in the coming weeks but the competition will be very tough. In the next 12 games the Sharks play six at home, St Louis three times, Anaheim twice, Nashville, LA, Vancouver, Minnesota and the NY Rangers.
Joe Thornton had two assists vs Minnesota on Thursday night giving him 1,220 points for his career and moving him into sole possession of 39th on the all-time points list in NHL history. Who did he pass? The great Jean Beliveau who passed away last week. #Gulp
I am looking forward to seeing the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Saturday night. They are one of the surprises of the season and currently sit in 2nd place in the very tough Central Division with 40 points. Bring on rookie sensation Felip Forsberg and of course Pekke Rinne, one of the best goalies in the world when he is healthy.
The Central Division is the toughest division in hockey right now. For instance, two teams that made the playoffs last year, Colorado and Dallas, currently sit in 6th and 7th place respectively.
The LA Kings are just hovering in the middle of pack … again. Hey LA, you aren’t fooling anyone anymore, we all still consider you the team to beat come April.
What a week: Barclay Goodrow scored his 1st NHL goal and Melker Karlsson got an assist on the goal in his 1st NHL game. Congrats boys!
In the game against Minnesota the Sharks dressed 10 players who were under the age of 25 so the youth movement is in place and from early indications looks very promising.
The Wild were held to 19 shots, their lowest total of the year and 13 shots lower than their season average. It was only the 4th time this season (in 27 games) the Wild had been outshot in a game.
Patty Marleau looked like Joe Thornton this week with some of the passes he made that set up Sharks goals. It’s no coincidence that the Sharks were winning games at the same time Marleau had nine points during a six-game point streak.
Congrats to Alex Stalock on his win against the Wild. The St. Paul, MN, native had lots of family and friends watching back home as he beat the team he grew up watching with a stellar performance.
The Sharks unveiled the jersey they will wear for the Stadium Series game on February 21 against LA. My take, I’m warming up to it. I am also keeping in mind the numbers on the back and shoulders need to be visible so fans attending the game can see who is who. These are special jersey’s for a special game and the more I gander at the front of the Sharks jersey the more I like it.