As we approach the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Too Many Men On The Site will be taking a look at each of the teams that have qualified. Included will be stats, record, and why they will and will not win the Stanley Cup. Next up are the San Jose Sharks.
San Jose Sharks – 2nd Pacific Division – 107 points (As of this posting)
Joe Pavelski 39G 37A 76 points
Joe Thornton 11G 63A 74 points
Patrick Marleau 32G 35A 67 points
Why The Sharks Will Win The Stanley Cup:
The San Jose Sharks have flown under the radar for the most part this season. That could be blamed on East Coast bias or that they share a division with the Anaheim Ducks, who had the best record in the league for the majority of the first half of the season. San Jose has stuck close to the Ducks and currently sit at second in the Pacific Division.
This San Jose Sharks team has seemed more mature and focused. In previous years they were always trying to overcome the previous years disappointment. They were often projected to be a favorite for the Cup and crumbled under the scrutiny and pressure that entailed. This year it seems that pressure has been absent, and the Sharks have been left to play their game.
The Sharks have a winning record against every team in the Pacific Division, with the exception of the Los Angeles Kings, who they went 2-2-1 against. One point of interest is that they swept the St. Louis Blue in their three game series.
The Sharks can contend this season as they have the perfect mix of seasoned veterans, as well as young talented players that can go the distance in the long quest for the Cup. The experience of their vets will be valuable down the stretch, but the youthful energy of players like Logan Couture will prove valuable later in the playoffs.
Why The Sharks Will Not Win The Stanley Cup:
Every year the Sharks breeze through the regular season and every year they flatten out in the playoffs. Even if they Sharks seem to have a different attitude this season, it will be tough to shake the reputation of choking in the post season. The Sharks will have to prove that they are a different team this year. San Jose has an outstanding 28-7-5 record at home, however they are 21-14-4 on the road. While that is by no means a bad record, it does indicate they could have some difficulties on the road during the playoffs.