Captain America died so that the #sjsharks could move to round 2. We talk about the team’s encouraging comeback from a 3-1 series deficit to bid Knighty Night to the plucky but stupid team from Vegas and what to expect from the matchup with another team with 1 good line and a hot goalie. Spoilers: We have no f’ing idea. First game is Friday.
The #sjsharks are Jekyll and Hyde this year — that’s nothing new. In game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team were very good (and lucky) and in game 2 they were the opposite. When we say lucky, we’re not just talking about bounces, but also getting totally jobbed on a phantom interference call that ended up being a 2-goal swing, of course. But we’re not bitter. Nothing to do, though, but go out and play a better game in Vegas, though, so no ref call can be the difference in the game.
It’s our playoff predictions podcast! Yeah, the #sjsharks have one more regular season game, but who cares? The matchup is set and it’s time for Pete DuhBoer to accelerate head on into a 40-car pileup (i.e. to get out-coached at every turn by Gerard Gallant while VGK players ignore Micheal Haley’s desperate attempts at relevancy).
But hey, Vegas kinda sucks right now, so maybe we’ll still be podcasting for a few weeks. Go Sharks!
Pro: Micheal Haley has been sitting awhile. Con: The #sjsharks can’t buy a win and the injury bug has definitely played a part. We talk about everything that has contributed to this demoralizing stretch (it’s mostly coaching) and the implications for the on-rushing playoffs.
The #sjsharks had a pretty good week on the ice (even counting a loss to Florida), but off the ice it was a very tough time for one Shark (Evander Kane suffered a great loss over the weekend). Meanwhile, Katie Strang of the Athletic posted an inspiring and important article about Jamie Baker’s recent struggles and the hard work he’s put in to overcome them. Alex and Ben talk about both heartbreaking situations and the week that was for the team in teal.
It was a 2-2 week, with the #sjsharks getting shut down by a hot goalie in #LUMBUS and then getting rocked by a much better-coached Bruins team. But they also beat up on also-rans Colorado and Detroit. So, you know, chances are good in the playoffs if they can just play bad team. Wait a minute…