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Sharks Atop NHL at 20-Game Benchmark

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
To say the San Jose Sharks have been red-hot through the first 20 games of the season is an understatement. In the past 25 years, only the 2005-06 Ottawa Senators (17-3-0, 34 points) have accrued more points through the first 20 games of the season than the 2008-09 Sharks (16-3-1, 33 points) have.

The Sharks are nine points ahead of their pace from a year ago when they started 11-7-2 en route to a franchise best 108-point season. The point change is in part due to San Jose’s incredible home record this season, posting a 10-0-1 record at the friendly confines of HP Pavilion through the team’s first 11 home games. Last season the Sharks were 4-5-2 through their first 11 at home.

Through Tuesday night’s games, San Jose’s 11-point lead in the divisional race is also best in the League. The Anaheim Ducks (10-7-2, 22 points) are currently second place in the Pacific and are in action tonight against the Washington Capitals.

Upon closer review, San Jose’s dominance even extends to last season. Since Feb. 21, 2008, the Sharks have a regular season record of 34-5-3. The last NHL team with 71-plus points over a 42-game span was the Detroit Red Wings who posted a 34-4-4 record (72 points) from Jan. 10 – April 14, 1996.

The Sharks recent two-game trip to Chicago and Nashville was a special one for the players and staff. The players had the opportunity to bring their father (or brother) along on the trip. Each player’s VIP guest had a great time. It kicked off with a dinner at Smith and Wollensky’s in Chicago. The coaching staff had the guests involved in all of the team meetings and there was a group picture following the morning skate on Sunday in Chicago.

It was extremely special for Rob Blake’s father Robert, who celebrated his 75th birthday on the Nov. 18. For a gift, Todd McLellan presented him with the game puck from the Nashville game, a 4-1 win. It was the first time in Blake’s 19-year career that his father was able to come on a father’s trip. Robert still runs his farm at the age of 75 and is working every day at 5 a.m.

Devin Setoguchi is currently tied for fourth in the League in both points (22) and goals (11) and is tied for the League lead in shots (80). He has a four-game point streak intact (three of them have been multi-point games) in which he’s posted eight points (4-4=8). Those eight points since Nov. 11 are tied for the second-most in the League in that time frame behind only Washington’s Niklas Backstrom who will visit HP Pavilion on Saturday.

(All Times Pacific)

Jeremy Roenick - with Scott Ferrall - 3:15pm
Jeremy Roenick - SiriusXM with Scott Ferrall - 6:30pm

Dan Boyle – NHL Live on SiriusXM/NHL Network – 9:40am
Rob Blake – The Power Play with Gary Green – SiriusXM Radio – 12:45pm

Friday (Unveiling of BlackArmor)
Brad Lukowich – Julie Stevens and Gary Scott Thomas – KRTY-FM 95.3 – 8:30am
Ryane Clowe – Lamont and Tonelli – 107.7 The Bone – 8:50am
Joe Thornton – Jim Rome Radio Show on 1050-AM – 9:35am
EVP Malcolm Bordelon – KLIV-AM 1590 – 9:30am

The countdown to the BlackArmor unveiling is officially under 48 hours. The San Jose Sharks organization will unveil their new third jersey on Nov. 21 at 8:00 AM (Pacific) exclusively on Fans who want to get their first glimpse of the BlackArmor can stop by the Sharks Store at HP Pavilion on Friday where special guest S.J. Sharkie will be on hand. For up to the date information on the BlackArmor countdown, check

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