Owning the Red Dot: Sharks Continue Dominance In The Face Off Circle

November 11th, 2009 by Jason Figueiredo-Dumpit Leave a reply »
Possession.  Some will say its nine tenths of the law. 

But in sports, possession (of the puck or ball) is 100 percent the goal.

Without possession, getting points up on the board is practically impossible.  That is why in hockey, owning the puck off the face off is tremendously important if any team hopes to display steady success in this cutthroat league.  

Winning the puck off the draw can do wonders for a team.  It can get them out of jams in front of their own net or set their offense up for strong attacks deep within their opponents’ zone. 

The San Jose Sharks have shown extreme success at winning the drop over the past few years and their improvement in this crucial art keeps increasing.

Coming out of the NHL lockout, the 2005-06 Sharks posted a miserable 48.7 face-off win percentage, ranking 25th in the league.  But something sparked an internal fire within the boys in Teal, because since then their numbers on the red dot has consistently moved north.

In the 2006-07 se ...

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