Welcome to the FINAL DAY of Sharks Week!
We’ve been running contest posts every day this week. What does the winner get? You probably already know but we’re going to tell you again anyway…
TWO OF THE TICKETS ABOVE. YES, “PENTHOUSE SUITE” MEANS LUXURY SUITE. YES, THAT MEANS A LUXURY SUITE WITH LEATHER CHAIRS, FOOD AND DRINKS INCLUDED. NO, THE FACE VALUE ON THE TICKET WAS NOT PHOTOSHOPPED IN. I’M TERRIBLE AT PHOTOSHOP AND I’LL STOP YELLING NOW.
We’ll give out SIX PAIRS OF TICKETS tomorrow, so time is running out. Enter, or spend the evening of Saturday, March 30 doing something much less cool.
- Monday: The Sharks’ most hated rivals
- Tuesday: Your favorite part about seeing a Sharks game at The Tank
- Wednesday: Your favorite Shark of all time
Today we’ll talk about this year’s squad. Comments on all posts close tonight at midnight, so make sure you comment on all four for your best chance to win!
How far will the Sharks advance this season?
By Ruthless Sports Guy
It’s been a rough season for the Sharks. After flying out of the gates 7-0-0, San Jose has come crashing back to earth more brutally than any of us expected. Their high-flying early offense, head-manned by an unstoppable Patrick Marleau, has averaged 1.81 goals per game since the winning streak ended. Their power play is scoring on only 18.3% of their opportunities, good enough to be only 14th in the league. Their defense has been suspect at best, while admittedly their best pieces have been Antti Niemi and the league’s 3rd ranked penalty kill.
Perhaps we’re finally seeing the window slam shut on the Sharks’ Stanley Cup hopes, but with so much talent still on the roster it’s hard to count them out completely. While the core of the team is on the older side, their veteran stars are still performing at a high level. Dan Boyle is not only the Sharks’ heartbeat, he’s also 38th in the entire league for time on ice (23:21). Joe Thornton and Marleau are both top-50 in points. As for their younger stars, Joe Pavelski is still on his annual cold streak no thanks to Logan Couture, who stole a goal from his linemate last night. Couture continues to be one of the best three-zone players in the NHL. He scored two huge goals in San Jose’s win over the Oilers last night and added another in the shootout.
The point is, the Sharks still have talent on the roster; it’s just going largely untapped. Is San Jose up to snuff with the Chicago Blackhawks? Not even close, but there are 19 games left in the season. The turnaround would have to be substantial, but with 32 points and sitting at 8th in the West, they definitely have the potential to stick around and sneak into the dance.
My prediction: San Jose will squeak into the playoffs as the 7th seed. With 48 points (12 ahead of the 3rd seed Minnesota Wild), the Anaheim Ducks will hang on to the number two spot despite a late slide back towards average. The Sharks will have to face the Ducks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, and they’ll upset Anaheim in six games. Unfortunately, the Semifinals are as far as the Sharks will make it. A rough rebuilding process will follow.
So now as I ask you: How far will the Sharks will advance this year?
And if you care to elaborate…
— What do they need to do to get there?
— What changes need to be made in order to effectively turn it around? Head coach? GM? Captaincy? More line shuffling? Or nothing at all?
Today’s your last chance to get your name in the hat to win one of the six pairs of luxury box tickets, so here’s your chance to not only fix the Sharks, but win some awesome seats as well!