Recap – The San Jose Sharks still send the Boston Bruins thank you cards for dealing them center Joe Thornton back in 2005. Thornton has been dominant in the Western Conference and continues to lead the Sharks to another great season. The alternate team captain is 2nd in the league in assists with 42 and just makes all the players around him better. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been a workhorse in net playing 2800 of 2905 minutes this season, good for 2nd most in the league. He also has 5 shutout victories under his belt so far this year. The team has an incredible road record of (16-4-2), and always are a tough game.
2nd Half – The Sharks philosophy is simple, win by playing great defense. Nabokov is the cornerstone in the plan but the team buys into the defensive mindset. Having allowed only 118 goals through 48 games, the Sharks boast the third lowest GAA in the NHL. They need to figure out a way to play a little better at home, but besides that they look great.
Team Name: San Jose Sharks (26-15-7)
Pacific Division Standing: 3rd place
Conference Standing: 4th place
Final Predictions – 2nd in the Pacific Division, 4th in the Western Conference