Apparently beating the Anaheim Ducks and then the San Jose Sharks (who had just played 6 games in like 9 days) means that you won the Stanley Cup. I didn’t know that, but the Edmonton Media certainly seem to think it’s true. Regardless, the San Jose Sharks have a lot of games still to play this season, are still in 1st place in the Pacific, and JUST GOT TOMAS HERTL BACK OMGOMGOMG. There are certainly things to fix, as Alex and I talk about this week, but streaky Patrick Marleau made a lot of good happen this week. Let’s hope for more of that as the team tries to get the power play back on track after the All-Star Break.
The Sharks opened this week with a clunker, then pounded the Jets. After that: A series of one-goal wins, which we’ve become used to this year, since the Sharks don’t have scoring lines any more, but have more good defensemen than you can shake a stick at. Even a hockey stick. So, all in all, it was a pretty good week. We talk about Micheal Haley’s upswing (pre-injury), Ryan Carpenter’s natural 4th line skill set, Mikkel Boedker’s on-going woes, the struggles of rookies and much, much more.
Peter DeBoer and his coaching staff failed at filling out a lineup card this week and it was still one of the more successful weeks the Sharks have had offensively this year. Let that sink in. Mikkel Boedker scored 4 goals (including a hat trick). The San Jose Sharks had 5 and 6 goal games. And then, in the second half of a back to back, we saw the team we’d grown used to this year. With Dylan DeMelo now out for 8 weeks, it will be interesting to see how the defensive depth is rolled out from game to game, but one thing looks certain: Tim Heed can play an NHL-caliber game. Let’s hope we see more of that in the four games to come this week. Go Sharks!
Matt Nieto was given up for nothing on Thursday and the Colorado Avalanche were more than happy to claim him from waivers — and that was maybe the second strangest roster move in a no good, very bad week for the Sharks. Three games, three losses (one in OT). They even scored 4 goals and lost. So, Alex, Colin and I talk about where the Sharks are among all the injuries and small mistakes that have been made by the organization of late. Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? I dunno, it’s not like they’re playing great teams this coming week. Looking at you Detroit, Edmonton and Calgary. /trollface