San Jose Sharks Midseason Status Report

January 2nd, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
At the end of the 2009 calendar year, the San Jose Sharks reached the halfway point of the season. In the last month alone, they had the season's longest losing and winning streaks.

An inconsistent year? Not really.

Throughout most of the season, the Sharks have been the top team in the division and battling Chicago for the top record in the conference. That battle distinguishes this season from last. It is also indicative of it.

This year, the Sharks have played most of their early games on the road—22 of 41 so far, but 18 of the first 28. Last year, 28 of their first 49 games were at home (21 of the first 41).

Last season, the Sharks had among the fewest games played through the All Star break. As a result, they looked worn down by the playoffs coming off a stretch of 33 games in 65 days that included two trips to the East Coast in a 6-3-4 February. This year, only five teams will have played more games than San Jose after tonight (all by one game).

Statistically, their success has come much differently than it did last season, too.

In 2008-09, they outshot their opponents in almost every game en route to ...

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