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Le Beau Jeu
SJ rocks Montreal 5-0 in Quebec
by Mike Lee
When you make an appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals, expectations get raised. When you make the Cup Finals and you're the Montreal Canadiens, those expectations go through the roof. In the hallowed halls of Bell Centre, the Canadiens have parleyed their Cup appearance against the Tampa Bay Lightning by starting the 2021-22 season by dropping four straight games. San Jose kicked off a five game roadtrip with a big 5-0 win in le belle province.
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Monday Odds & Ends
Tidbits from the week
by Mike Lee
We're only one game into the new NHL season and there's a boatload to cover. I'm going to try something new this season and do a weekly column on just a hodge-podge of topics. Nothing in particular, just observations of all things Sharks and the NHL. We'll see how it goes. Think of it as a bullet list of water cooler topics, but cooler.
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All was right for an evening
Sharks open 2021-22 with a come-from-behind win
by Mike Lee
For an evening, all was right in the world. No pandemic, no empty arena, Sharks play comeback hockey and win on opening night. The past two seasons have been unkind to hockey in San Jose, but Saturday night was like jumping into a time machine and traveling back to the salad days of Sharks hockey. San Jose overcame a two goal deficit, to upend the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center with a 4-3 comeback victory.
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Sharks youth movement starts on the blueline
Santeri Hataaka one of four rookies poised to debut for SJ
by Mike Lee
28 of the NHL’s 32 teams have opened their 2021-22 campaigns with games which started on Tuesday evening. The San Jose Sharks are one of four teams that have to wait until Saturday to officially start their season. For the four rookies who have been named to the Sharks opening night roster, it’s been more than a waiting game. They’re officially roster players, but until their names get inked onto a game lineup, they're simply names on a list. They may or may not be included on San Jose’s list of players who officially participate in Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center. One of those rookies is defenseman Santeri Hatakka, a 20-year-old from Riihimaki, Finland, who is hoping his name is on the lineup sheet.
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Long Overdue
Addressing mental health and addiction issues in the NHL
by Ryan Hall
Things are changing in the NHL. Not only is the league skewing younger, faster, and more data driven. It is also adopting a far more humane character, one that – frankly – has been long overdue. For years fans and media alike have joked about the rote, robotic answers that players give during the ubiquitous “between period interview”. We can all quote the usual platitudes about ‘giving their best’, ‘those other guys are a talented team’, and ‘working real hard out there’. While that’s good for a laugh, it hardly creates a sense of authenticy.
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Sharks announce roster
Youngsters highlight the new look
by Mike Lee
The Sharks 2021-22 Opening Night roster is set. San Jose named 13 forwards, 7 defensemen and two goaltenders to the official roster that excludes Evander Kane, who is listed as a "non-roster player, pending completion of the NHL's investigation." The biggest surprises included forwards Jonathan Dahlen, William Eklund and Jasper Weatherby, along with defeneman Santeri Hatakka.
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The X Factors
Sharks’ rookies could change the equation for the struggling South Bay franchise
by Paul Krill
After back-to-back non-playoff seasons, not much is expected from the Sharks in the upcoming 2021-22 season. (DRatings, for example, gives the Sharks a .6 percent chance of winning it all this season. Not 6 percent, that’s .6 percent.) There could be reasons for optimism, though, given a growing crop of quality young players, anchored by William Eklund, Ryan Merkley, and Jonathan Dahlen, who would be in their rookie seasons if they make the squad.
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Nothing
Looking forward to the upcoming season
by Ryan Hall
Well, here we are the cusp of another NHL campaign. Can anyone even remember the last ‘normal’ season? For those who may need a refresher, when we last saw the league in a semblance of normal it was March of 2020. The Toronto Maple Leafs had just lost a game to a Zamboni driver. Marc-Andre Fleury looked like a lifer in Las Vegas. And the San Jose Sharks were putrid.
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Get ready for a long season
Not much has changed in San Jose
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kickoff their 2021-22 NHL campaign in a little more than a week and from the looks of it, that will be the start of a very long season. San Jose did little to improve on a roster that that lost 14 more games than they won the prior season. There was no marquee free agent signing during the offseason. No blockbuster trade. Nada. Zilch. It has all the makings of a repeat of the last two seasons. Any success will be lauded as a great achievement. If the Sharks do what everyone expects, and mop up in the Pacific Division basement, then they will have simply accomplished what everyone expected.
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Midseason musings
Sharks season shapes up as a disappointment
by Paul Krill
Well, the season is a bit more than halfway over, with Monday’s pleasant 2-1 win over the Kings snapping a four-game losing streak. Probably the most obvious thing that can be said about the season so far, with the Sharks’ record at 12-14-4, is that this is the ideal season for fans not to be allowed in the building.

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Sharks pluck Ducks again
SJ wins three in a row for the first time this season
by Mike Lee
The wins have been far and few between for the San Jose Sharks this season, so any chance to string together three wins in a row is big news. Granted, two of those three came against a depleted Anaheim Ducks hockey team, but the Sharks aren't going to get picky. The Sharks followed up their big 6-0 win over Anaheim 24 hours earlier, with a 3-1 victory at Honda Center to take all four points in their quick stop in Southern California.

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Finally a big win
Road trip starts with a 6-0 Duck hunt
by Mike Lee
Big wins have been nonexistent for the Sharks this season, so as they kicked off a 4-game road trip it was a refreshing change of pace to punch an opponent in the mouth. They did just that by beating the host Anaheim Ducks 6-0 at the Honda Center on Friday night. Six different skaters scored for the Sharks and Devyn Dubnyk made 34 saves to earn his 33rd career shutout.

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A loss is a loss, regardless of why
Plenty of blame to go around in 3-2 OT loss in St Louis
by Mike Lee
Good teams find ways to win. Bad teams find ways to lose. The 2020-21 version of the San Jose Sharks isn't making any run for the Stanley cup this year, but they found a way to cough up a win against a better team. The Sharks were 40 seconds from their 3rd win in regulation, before surrendering a tying goal to the Blues. A terrible call in the overtime handed the Blues the win, when David Perron scored a power play goal to help St Louis steal the two points with a 3-2 win.

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 SHARK SNAPSHOT
Western Division W L OTL Pts
(1) Minnesota 2 0 0 4
(2) Edmonton 2 0 0 4
(3) Seattle 1 1 1 3
(4) Vancouver 1 1 1 3
(5) St Louis 1 0 0 2
(6) San Jose 1 0 0 2
(7) Los Angeles 1 1 0 2
(8) Anaheim 1 1 0 2
SJ Home 1 0 0 2
SJ Road 0 0 0 0

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Hertl 1 1 1 2 2
Weatherby 1 1 1 2 0
Cogliano 1 1 0 1 0
Balcers 1 1 0 1 0
Burns 1 0 1 1 0

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Hill 1 0 0 .870 3.00
Reimer 0 0 0 .--- -.--

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 2/5 40.0% 6th
Penalty Kill 3/3 100.0% 1st

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RECENT TRANSACTIONS
2/27 Recalled G Aaron Dell from San Jose (AHL)

2/27 Acquired G James Reimer and F Jeremy Morin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for G Alex Stalock, F Ben Smith and conditional 4th round draft selection (2018).

2/24 Acquired F Nick Spaling and D Roman Polak from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for F Raffi Torres, a 2nd round draft selection (2016) and a 2nd round draft selection (2017).

10/26 Assigned D Mirco Mueller to San Jose (AHL)

10/26 Assigned F John McCarthy to San Jose (AHL)

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RECENT MILESTONES
10/19/21 Jonathan Dahlen - 1st NHL Goal (@ MTL)

10/19/21 Jonathan Dahlen - 1st NHL Point (@ MTL)

10/16/21 Jasper Weatherby - 1st NHL Game (vs WPG)

10/16/21 Jasper Weatherby - 1st NHL Point (vs WPG)

10/16/21 Jasper Weatherby - 1st NHL Goal (vs WPG)

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