It was not the best week for the #sjsharks, so we don’t spend a lot of time on the games themselves. Instead, we talk goaltending v. defense, Erik Karlsson and the All-Star game, and, briefly, the Edmonton Oilers firing Peter Chiarelli (and the impact that will likely have on the Pacific). Stay tuned for a brief discussion of Wins Above Replacement/Goals Above Replacement as well). Go Sharks!
There’s been a narrative in the #sjsharks media that the fans turned on Melker earlier in the season, and so whenever he scores a goal in the last few weeks, it’s apparently a repudiation of that hate. I think, among educated fans, no one really hates Melker. We talk about this and coaching, the 4-0 week, defeats of two other teams in the NHL’s top 4, and a lot, lot more. It’s kind of a long podcast for us. But, dammit, there was so much to say.
The #sjsharks scored 17 goals this week. That’s good.
They gave up 13 goals this week. That’s bad.
And, as many of those goals against were of the wtf variety, this week has been a nice microcosm of what frustrates the fans (and probably the players and coaches) about the year so far.
All the above and some talk about the actual games. Go Sharks!