It happened. Todd McLellan’s Oilers ran the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs, because of course he/they did. How appropriate. But here we are. Out of the playoffs. Crazy injuries to Marleau, Jumbo (#kneesdontbendthatway), Hertl, Donskoi and Couture surely played a large part in the early exit. But not the only part. We talk about DeBoer’s faults, the organizational decisions that contributed to the pain, and more. Tune in next week when we apply tonight’s topics to next year and beyond.
The Sharks have put themselves in a seemingly insurmountable hole now, having to win 2 straight games in a series where they have been unable to string together 2 truly great performances. Martin Jones has done what he could to keep the Sharks in this series and even gave them a chance to win game 5, but alas. Can the Sharks win both? Yes. Will they? Well, that’s what we talk about. Go Sharks!
Two games into the playoffs we’ve seen two very different Sharks team – one that looked a lot like the Sharks of playoffs 2016 and the Sharks of this March. Hence, we have 1 win and 1 loss heading home. Heading into the playoffs, if you’d told me the Sharks would come home with a win, I’d have been ecstatic. The difference between the two games has us on edge, however. Which team will show up in Game 3? No one, not even DeBoer knows. But they have a lot of work to do, especially on the power play, which was as bad as any team has ever deployed in Game 2.
Well, if you thought we were bleak last week, before Jumbo’s knee was structurally undone by a Vancouver Canuck, just you wait ’til you get a load of this podcast. Allow me to summarize the predicament the San Jose Sharks find themselves in as the playoffs begin:
- This team was already ill before the injuries hit and no one, including Pete DeBoer, seemed to have a vaccine.
- This team is now missing its top 2 C’s and they won’t be healthy when the playoffs begin.
- This team has not been forthcoming about injuries like those suffered by Couture and Jumbo (and why would they be?)
- The teams the Sharks may face have been gaining confidence over the last month, not setting confidence on fire like our beloved team in teal.
Now, yes — anything can happen when the playoffs begin. Maybe Jumbo and Couture are closer to 100% than we know. Kevin Kurz isn’t saying (insiders…oy), but…don’t bet your house on it, maybe.
One way or the other, I’ll be living or (more likely) dying with this team again. Go Sharks.
It’s panic time in San Jose Sharks land. The team is 2-8-0 over the last 10, has fallen fully out of first in the division and could, pending the last 4 games of this season, end up the 8th seed and face the resurgent Blackhawks in the first round. So, no, things are not great. It’s not just the fan base that is melting down, either, as the leadership of the team doesn’t have answers and is taking dumb penalties out of frustration — which sure doesn’t help the team win, either. So now we have a little more than a week to go and no clue what this team has in store. Must be a year that begins with 20–. Go Sharks? Yeah, ok. Go Sharks!