San Jose Sharks: Definitely New, but not Necessarily Improved

November 12th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks have long struggled to shake the stigma of being a regular-season dynamo that crumbles when the postseason rolls around. The team has customarily jumped out to huge leads in the Pacific Division and Western Conference, and wound up No. 1 overall by year's end the last two seasons, only to see their dreams of drinking from Lord Stanley's Cup dashed all too early.

In one respect, 2010-2011 is already working out quite differently. The anchors on Sharks Postgame Live have not bothered comparing the Sharks start this season to the best starts in NHL history, because there is no comparison to be made. After 14 games, the Sharks have managed just 16 points, good enough for a tie for third in the Pacific Division and eighth in the Western Conference.

The average person would think such a drop-off would be cause for concern, but quite to the contrary, it has been met with excitement and heightened anticipation in Silicon Valley.

The Sharks still have all six games remaining against the division-leading LA Kings, and plenty can happen in the 68 games left on the schedule. But as of right now, the Sharks are far from favorites to clinch another ...

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