The San Jose Sharks are in a game of sitting and waiting. They won’t know for sure who they’ll play in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they don’t even know when they could begin playing.
On Sunday night, the list of potential opponents shrunk by one when the Vancouver Canucks eliminated the Los Angeles Kings and then it shrunk by one more when Chicago toppled Nashville on Monday night.
The scenario is much simpler now as all top three seeds have advanced in the Western Conference. San Jose will face the winner of tomorrow’s Game Seven between Phoenix and Detroit.
Regardless of what happens tomorrow, the Sharks have already placed their quarterfinal series win over Colorado in the proverbial rear view mirror and are looking forward to the semifinals.
“We’re looking ahead here,” Dan Boyle
Boyle acknowledges paying closer attention to the other games now that the postseason is in full swing.
“I don’t watch much during the regular season, but I do during the playoffs,” Boyle said. “You try to stay aware if this happens or that happens.”
Boyle said regardless of the potential opponent, the Sharks will be facing a strong team as both Detroit and Phoenix topped the 100 point mark.
“Usually when you move on, you’re playing well,” Boyle said. “The same with the other team.”
San Jose’s focus is on fine tuning their game more so than guessing about their next opponent.
“We don’t know who we will play, but we had a good practice,” Joe Thornton
“We’ve played all those teams a lot,” Scott Nichol said when asked if it mattered who they played.
Regardless of their opponent, the Sharks are spending the next few days adjusting what they can so they’ll be at their best.
The Sharks could have anywhere from five to eight days off between playoff games, but the club will roll with whatever comes their way. The one positive is players such as Dany Heatley, Jed Ortmeyer, Niclas Wallin and others can get more time to heal their injuries.
HEATER BRINGS THE HEAT
Heatley will be throwing out the first ball at the Giants-Philadelphia Phillies game in San Francisco tonight. He’ll also spend some time visiting the broadcasters.