Not to say the Sharks couldn’t immediately fall into another slump starting Saturday in Vancouver, but the play over the last two games has shown to me real promise.Less east-west drop passes and stickhandling, more north-south drives to the net and grit in the corners. Certainly the biggest downside of last night’s game was Rob Blake’s early exit.
Also nice to see the ice-time has settled out a little, defense-wise. Mike and Doug talk about the ‘little things’ the Sharks did right in the game against Minnesota, and try and identify what went wrong during the precipitous slide.
I was just looking at the Vancouver box score from last week, and Huskins had over 22 minutes of ice time to Wallin’s 14. The Dudes also give a fantasy league update, take some listener email, and check in with some of the Sharks prospects in various amateur and minor leagues, many of whom are going to the playoffs.
Now that the Sharks are firmly in WTF-land, it’s time to prognosticate on their postseason chances.
The Sharks, even as bad as they’ve been playing, are still (barring the craziest thing I’ve ever seen) assured a spot in the postseason.
Let’s go to the chart: Nine teams in four years was a little more than I was expecting.
Six of the nine lost in the first round, which sounds like a lot, but keep in mind 50% of the teams that make it to the playoffs lose in the first round.
Mike and Doug break it down, talk about the injuries to Thornton and Vlasic (and Clowe), and give an update on the playoff picture.
Although the Sharks didn’t play, last night was a great night for San Jose.
And Chicago’s once-impenetrable armor is now looking like Swiss cheese. Look for the podcast to be posted tonight sometime after the game. And another: that wasn’t the real Sharks they played tonight. If he sits out a few games, it’s not the end of the world.