San Jose Sharks Take Pacific Division Lead With Road Wins Against NHL Elite

February 24th, 2011 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks may want to ask the NHL to move some of their home games. With the third best road record in the NHL, they may be sorry they have only seven left in their final 20 games.

In consecutive nights, the Sharks could have been forgiven for losing one or even both games against two of the top five teams in the NHL, since they were in their eighth and ninth road games of February. Instead, they captured their sixth and seventh wins to hit 20 road victories for the fifth consecutive season, the best active streak in the league.

Goalie Antti Niemi has been in net for all 12 games since the All Star break and the five before it, during which the Sharks have earned 29 of a possible 34 points, an .853 point percentage.

Questions arose in previous years about the heavy workload of goalie Evgeni Nabokov because no goalie has won a Stanley Cup after playing more than 68 regular season games beyond the age of 31 in the expansion era. But Nemo is just 27 and would play in no more than 61 games this season.

Once Anterro Niittymaki regains his health, if he merely spells Nemo for the team's three remaining back-to-back nights from Mar ...

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