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Karlsson undergoes surgery
Defenseman to be re-evaluated in mid-March
by Mike Lee
The Sharks provided clarity on the state of defenseman Erik Karlsson, who underwent surgery at Kaiser Permanente in San Jose to repair a muscle tear in his left forearm. The defensemen missed last Saturday's game against Tampa Bay after suffering or aggravating the injury in the Sharks loss at Seattle on January 20th.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 1/23
by LGS Staff
The Colorado Avalanche are suddenly the NHL's hottest team, but are they good enough to sit atop our Power Rankings. The NHL standings are starting to take shape as the contenders and pretenders are solidifying their spots in the NHL's heirarchy. Find out who moves up and who moves down in this week's NHL Power Rankings.
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The Timo Meier Illusion
Great game by Great Player Masked Sharks' Shortcomings
by Paul Krill
Once, about two or three years ago, I recognized Timo Meier in the lobby of the downtown Hilton Hotel and approached him for a few seconds. He was a very friendly, humble guy; the game of hockey couldn't ask for a better ambassador than somebody like Timo. For me, this made Timo's five-goal game on MLK Day on January 17 even more special - pretty much every shot he threw at the net went in, and his game that day may never be matched by a Shark again.
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San Jose gets zapped by Lightning
Tampa Bay puts a 7 spot on overmatched Sharks
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off a 5-game span against Eastern Conference power house opponents on Saturday, with a date against the Tampa Bay Lightning at SAP Center. It was the only game on home ice, but it if was a preview of what their next four games are going to look like, the Sharks may want to call in sick. Tampa ran roughshod on the overmatched Sharks, pummeling them 7-1 in a laugher.
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Sharks expand woes against Seattle
SJ drops second straight to expansion Kraken
by Mike Lee
Entering play on Thursday night, the Seattle Kraken had only 11 victories in 38 games. One of those was a 3-1 win over San Jose on December 14th. They doubled up their win total on the Sharks with a 3-2 victory at Climate Pledge Arena. San Jose squandered a flurry of power play chances in the 3rd period to drop a crucial 2 points in a game they should have easily won.
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Ten Game Report Card
Games 31-40 (12/28 thru 1/17)
by Mike Lee
We take a look at the Sharks in ten game increments and provide grades over that span. This report covers games 31 thru 40, which were played from December 28th thru January 17th. In that span the Sharks went 6-3-1, which included wins over a slew of mid-pack and basement dwellers, including a pair of wins over the Philadelphia Flyers and a historic win over the Los Angeles Kings.
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NHL reschedules 4 Sharks games
February dates replace Olympic break
by Mike Lee
The NHL announced schedule changes for four Sharks games on Tuesday. Three of the games were originally scheduled for last December, but were postponed as a result of the COVID restrictions that were implemented by the Canadian Government in response to the Omnicron variant.
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Meier Likes the Kings on MLK Day
Sharks forward bags franchise record 5 goals
by Mike Lee
Some days the puck just finds the net. Timo Meier couldn't miss on Monday afternoon. The Sharks forward set a franchise record by scoring 5 times in a 6-2 Sharks win over the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center. Meier recorded a hat trick in the opening period and had his 5th before the 2nd intermission. Only Drew Doughty's hustle prevented a 6th tally as Meier was denied on a 3rd period breakaway.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 1/16
by LGS Staff
The Panthers still reign supreme, but we have a new basement champion. Watch out for the Pens, Bruins and Kings who all look like teams to reckon with as they have monster weeks. Some teams have to slip as a result. Find out who moves up and who moves down in this week's NHL Power Rankings.
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Squandered chances cost Sharks
Penguins take 2-1 overtime decision
by Mike Lee
The good news is the Sharks didn't give up six 1st period goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night like they did in Pennsylvania two weeks ago. The bad news is they squandered 4 power play chances and a 41-shot night, dropping a 2-1 decision in overtime to the Penguins at SAP Center.
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Shesterkin stymies Sharks
37 save shutout for Rangers netminder
by Mike Lee
Igor Shesterkin is a name the Sharks will have no problem not seeing on a lineup card for a while. The New York Rangers goaltender has faced the Sharks twice this season and has denied San Jose from doing any scoring his appearances. The Russian netminder made 37 saves on Thursday night at SAP Center to shutout San Jose in a 3-0 game.
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Tako Tuesday at SAP
Sharks knock off Red Wings on Couture's OT winner
by Mike Lee
Exactly a week ago, the Sharks took a gut punch from the Detroit Red Wings. On Tuesday night, the Sharks exacted a little revenge by scoring in overtime to help the California teams sweep the Red Wings on their current California swing. Logan Couture swept home the game winner in an odd sequence that took a video review to confirm.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 1/9
by LGS Staff
The Panthers jump back into the top spot and the Coyotes continue to hold down the basement. Everything in between is a crap shoot. See if the Leafs or Pnes make a jump. How can a team go 7-2-1 and lose spots in the rankings. Find out in this week's NHL Power Rankings.
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Too much Toe-Mash
Hertl's natural hat-trick saves Sharks
by Mike Lee
Falling behind by 2 goals in the 3rd period has been a death sentence for the Sharks. Wrapping up a 4-game road trip with a stop in Philadelphia, San Jose was faced with the hard reality of a 2-goal deficit. Tomas Hertl had other plans. The Sharks forward scored a pair of goals in the period to get the game to overtime, then scored the game winner 24 ticks into the extra frame to help San Jose split the road trip with a 2-2-0 record.
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Sharks get back to winning
Three 1st period goals pace Sharks in Buffalo
by Mike Lee
The Sharks limped into Buffalo on Thursday night, to take on the Sabres in their third stop of their current 4-game road trip. San Jose arrived on time, jumping out to a 3-goal lead, before hanging on to win 3-2 and take 2 important points. Adin Hill made 37 saves to help the Sharks fend off a furious comeback attempt by the Sabres who scored a power play goal with 1:45 left in regulation to make it a single goal deficit.
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Shorthanded Sharks get shortied
Red Wings smack Sharks 6-2
by Mike Lee
After giving up 8 goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, the Sharks were looking to clamp down on their next opponent. That didn't happen. San Jose followed up their Pennsylvania gut punch with a disastrous performance in Detroit, falling 6-2 at Little Caeser's Arena. The loss was magnified by a pair of short-handed goals that San Jose surrendered in a 37 second span.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 1/2
by LGS Staff
The league started to get back on the ice, but not everyone decided to show up. The Hurricanes hold on to the top spot in our rankings, but there's nothing but disruption at the top. Vegas, Nashville and Pittsburgh all make big leaps toward the top in this week's NHL Power Rankings.
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Sharks late to the New Years party
Six 1st period goals kills SJ, late comeback bid denied
by Mike Lee
The Sharks have been notoriously slow starters when playing in matinee games. They set a new low water mark as they kicked off a 4-game road trip with a stop in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. The Sharks allowed the Penguins to score 6 goals in the 1st period en route to 8-5 win. The Sharks fought back to pull within a goal in the 3rd period, but Pittsburgh capitalized on a late power play and empty net goal to knock off San Jose.
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Sharks survive hapless Coyotes
SJ relies on the shootout to beat Arizona
by Mike Lee
After having their last three games postponed by COVID and the Christmas break, the Sharks returned to action on Tuesday night, but they may have preferred that this one be deferred as well. Facing off against the league's worst team, San Jose overcame a 7-goal performance by the visiting Arizona Coyotes, winning 8-7 in the shootout. It wasn't a very inspiring return to work, after their brief hiatus, but allowing that many goals to the league's door mat has to be a concern for the Sharks, who are scrambling to claw back into a playoff spot.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 12/26
by LGS Staff
How did the COVID/Christmas break effect the rankings this week? Some teams welcome the pause, and others will have to re-start their hot performances. One team will have 7 games to make-up which will play into the standings later this season. Check out this week's rankings.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 12/19
by LGS Staff
There's a new team sitting atop the Rankings, and the East dominates the top 6 spots in our view. Calgary, New Jersey and Detroit take a dive this week, while Vancouver continues to inch upwards since Bruce Beaudreau took over. Agree or disagree with this week's NHL Power Rankings.
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12/21 and 12/23 games postponed
No Vancouver or Edmonton this week
by Mike Lee
The NHL announced that the Sharks games on December 21st (vs Vancouver) and 23rd (vs Edmonton) have been postponed. Apparently travel restrictions related to teams crossing the U.S. - Canadian border due to COVID and the Omicron variant spiking are now interfering with games between American and Canadian teams.
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Ten Game Report Card
Games 21-30 (11/28 thru 12/16)
by Mike Lee
We take a look at the Sharks in ten game increments and provide grades over that span. This report covers games 21 thru 30, which were played from November 28th thru December 16th. In that span the Sharks went 5-5-0, which included a second big win over Calgary and victories over lower ranked teams, Chicago, New Jersey, Dallas and the New York Islanders.
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Up and down Sharks, down again
Vancouver wins 6th-straight, Sharks drop 2nd in a row
by Mike Lee
The Vancouver Canucks felt their team was underperforming, so they fired head coach Travis green and replaced him with Bruce Beaudreau. The Canucks have responded with 6 consecutive wins, including a 5-2 victory over the Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Sharks dropped their third game on their current 7-game home stand, allowing the Canucks to draw with a point of San Jose in the Pacific Division standings.
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Sharks drop 3-1 decision to Kraken
Hard to tell who the expansion team was
by Mike Lee
The Sharks welcomed another expansion team to the NHL by playing like an expansion team, then rolling over and gifting the Seattle Kraken their 10th win of the season. San Jose tripped over themselves for three periods before falling to the Kraken 3-1 at the SAP Center. The Sharks did nothing offensively for 58 minutes, but when they finally got on the board, it was too late. They would fall to a lineup of castoffs, dropping their 14th game of the season.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 12/12
by LGS Staff
The Hurricanes come screaming back. The Oilers plummet. The Red Wings quickly returning to irrelevance. Who's moving up and down. Who deserves their ranking this week? Check out the ranks and tell us what you think.
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Reimer returns to lead SJ
Netminder makes 34 saves in close 2-1 win over Dallas
by Mike Lee
James Reimer made his first start in six games after battling an illness that kept him out of the lineup since November 30th. Reimer made 34 saves to lead his team to a 2-1 win over the Dallas Stars at SAP Center on Saturday night. Reimer celebrated his 400th career NHL game, and was the difference maker in a nail biter on home ice.
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Slow start too much to overcome
SJ falls 5-2 after staging late comeback bid
by Mike Lee
The Sharks dispatched the top team in the Pacific Division in the Calgary flames on Tuesday. They would not be so lucky on Thursday as the Central Division and Western Conference leading Minnesota Wild suppressed a 3rd period comeback attempt by the Sharks to win 5-2 at SAP Center. The Sharks scored a pair of goals in the final period to cut into a 3-0 Wild lead, before surrendering a pair of empty net goals late to drop their 13th loss of the season.
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Hertl's hat trick powers unlikely win
Sharks overcome 1st place Flames with big 2nd period
by Mike Lee
History did not favor the Sharks as they returned home from their recent 5-game road trip on Tuesday night. In two their prior trips, both of the 5-game variety, the Sharks returned home and laid eggs, losing 4-0 games to the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals. A minute into their contest with the first place Calgary Flames, it looked like history may repeat itself. Instead, the Sharks dug deep in the middle period and scored three big goals, then held on for a wild 5-3 win at SAP Center.
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Another One Bites the Dust
Who really cares?
by Ryan Hall
Well, with the firing of Alain Vigneault by the Philadelphia Flyers that makes 4 coaches who have been 'relieved of their duties' so far this season. Barely a quarter of the way through the season and already on a record setting pace. Forget about McDavid and Draisaitl and Ovechkin, the real race is to see who can purge the most staff members.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 12/5
by LGS Staff
A couple of teams have big weeks and make major moves in the rankings. Carolina isn't one of them. One team does enough to get their head coach fired, and guess what happened to them in the rankings. There's lots of movement in this this week's NHL Power Rankings.
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Great trip sputters into average trip
Rough 3rd period dooms Sharks in Columbus
by Mike Lee
Wrapping up their third 5-game road trip of the season, the Sharks turned what could have been a great trip into an average one with their second consecutive loss. After taking the first three games on their east coast swing, San Jose dropped a 1-0 decision to the New York Rangers on Friday, then followed it up with a 6-4 loss to the host Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.
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No gas in the tank at MSG
Sharks drop tough 1-0 decision to the Rangers
by Mike Lee
Playing on the tail end of back-to-back games, the Sharks limped into Madison Square Garden on Friday night, and dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the New York Rangers. Adin Hill made 26 saves, but a 1st period power play goal would be enough to help the Rangers win a 5th consecutive game. The Rangers leaned on two goaltenders to shutout the weary Sharks, who just didn't have the jump to beat New York.
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Game goes long on Long Island
Erik Karlsson helps Sharks to 3rd straight win
by Mike Lee
The New York Islanders played only their 5th home of the season on Thursday night, hosting the San Jose Sharks at the brand new UBS Arena on Long Island. Entering play they had lost 8 straight games, and were coming off a COVID contamination that forced the postponement of two games and shuttered their practice facility for four days. They finished the night with a 9 consecutive loss after Erik Karlsson scored in overtime to help propel the Sharks 2-1.
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Ten Game Report Card
Games 11-20 (11/6 thru 11/26)
by Mike Lee
We take a look at the Sharks in ten game increments and provide grades over that span. This report covers games 11 thru 20, which were played form November 6th thru the 26th. In that span the Sharks went 4-5-1, which included big wins over Calgary and Minnesota. Both of those opponents have been near the top of the Western Conference standings and were formidable opponents for the Sharks. They also knocked off Carolina, who had the best record in the league at the time.
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Big 2nd period propels SJ in Jersey
Meier and Gregor combine for 3 of 5 goals
by Mike Lee
The east coast swing continued in New Jersey on Tuesday night for the Sharks who were trying to build on a nice victory over the Chicago Blackhawks 48 hours earlier. They responded with a 2nd period outburst that propelled them to a big 4-2 win over the host Devils at the Prudential Center. Timo Meier, Noah Gregor and Alexander Barabanov all had 2-point nights to lead San Jose.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 11/28
by LGS Staff
This week's rankings are wild...or delusional. Is there a difference? Carolina reached the summit last week then promptly dropped games to San Jose and Seattle. Who sits atop the rankings this week. Come see.
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Reimer shuts out Hawks
29 save performance helps Sharks get back in the win column
by Mike Lee
The first three road trips of the season for the San Jose Sharks have all been of the 5- game variety, including the start of the current trip which began with a stop in the Windy City on Sunday night. The Sharks clamped down on the Chicago Blackhawks, aided by a big 29 save performance by James Reimer. The Sharks used a pair of goals to knock off Chicago 2-0 at the United Center to grab a much needed two points in the standings.
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A night of firsts for several Sharks
SJ scores a trio of 3rd period goals to beat Ottawa 6-3
by Mike Lee
After beating the best team in the NHL on Monday night, the Sharks got a crack at statistically the worst in the Ottawa Senators on Thanksgiving eve. With only 9 points in the standings, Ottawa sits at the bottom of the NHL standings (although they have played 3 fewer games than the Arizona Coyotes). San Jose had to work for 2 points, but three 3rd period goals help propel them to a 6-3 win at SAP Center.
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Barabanov unlikely hero in OT win
Sharks beat red hot Hurricanes 2-1
by Mike Lee
Alexander Barabanov doesn't get a lot a press playing for the San Jose Sharks, but he's scored 3 goals in his last 7 games, including the unlikely game winner against the red hot Carolina Hurricanes at SAP Center on Monday night. The Hurricanes entered play having lost only twice in their first 16 games, including wins over Vegas, Anaheim and Los Angeles last week. Barabanov was the story of the night after almost getting knocked out of the game. He potted a goal in overtime to get San Jose back into the win column for the first time in almost a week.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 11/21
by LGS Staff
There's a new team sitting atop the rankings this week. The Ducks make a move and the Red Wings come back down to earth after a hot couple of weeks. See where we rank each team from 1 to 32 in this week's Power Rankings.
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Never Mind
Sharks brilliant, hopeful start a thing of the past
by Paul Krill
After the Sharks’ sterling 4-0 start to the season, they have since gone 4-8-1, meaning they’ve won a bit less than one-third of their games after those first four. They are spiraling on a clear trajectory toward a third consecutive season out of the playoffs.
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Washington caps California sweep with win in SJ
Connor Sheary and Alex Ovechkin both score a pair of goals to lead Caps
by Mike Lee
The Sharks kicked off a 4-game home stand at SAP Center on Saturday night and showed the near sellout crowd that they have some work to do if they want to make any serious run at a playoff appearance this coming spring. The visiting Washington Capitals completed their California sweep with a resounding 4-0 victory over the Sharks.
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Sharks feeling blue after trip ends with loss
Motivated St Louis runs over Sharks 4-1
by Mike Lee
The second 5-game road trip of the season is done. Unlike the first go around, the Sharks dropped the majority of game played, which was capped with a dismal 4-1 loss to the St Louis Blues in Missouri on Thursday night. The Sharks failed to capitalize on early momentum, and ended up getting out-classed by a team motivated to win.
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Shots over the bow wake up Sharks
SJ takes note of Boughner's comments, win 4-1
by Mike Lee
The schedule makers didn't make things easy on San Jose when they put together the current 5-game road trip and the Sharks have struggled early, but they managed to beat a tough Minnesota Wild team on Tuesday night in Minneapolis. The Sharks scored in all three periods and received quality goaltending from James Reimer, resulting in a big4-1 win for San Jose.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 11/14
by LGS Staff
The Southeast has been a hotbed for hockey this season, but did the Hurricanes do enough to grab the top spot in this week's LGS NHL Power Rankings? Nashville joins the party of hot teams in the south. Maybe the Flames should move back to Atlanta?
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The Malfeasant 7 return to Sharks lineup
Avalanche pummel Sharks 6-2
by Mike Lee
The cavalry arrived for the Sharks in Colorado on Saturday night, but they turned out to be more F-Troop than saving grace as San Jose dropped a 6-2 decision to the host Avalanche at Ball Arena. Mirroring their start in Winnipeg, the Sharks grabbed an early lead, then someone pulled the rug out from under them as Colorado would score 4 times before San Jose could respond. The 7 players who spent the last 6 games on the NHL's COVID protocol list were a combined -7 and spent most of the night trying to find their legs.
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Sharks stall against Jets
Winnipeg salvages a win in season series
by Mike Lee
The short-handed Sharks looked like a team that ran out of gas in Winnipeg as San Jose dropped a tough 4-1 decision in Saskatchewan on Thursday night. The youngsters who have been cast into the NHL spotlight because of the Sharks COVID protocol situation were outgunned as the Jets avoided a sweep in the season series between the two teams. San Jose had taken the first two games between the teams, and Thursday night's match up was the last time they would face each other in the regular season.
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King of the Hill
Sharks open 5-game trip with big win in Calgary
by Mike Lee
San Jose opened another 5-game road trip on Tuesday night, and like their season opening trip in early October, the Sharks got off to another unexpected start. Facing one of the hottest teams in the NHL in the Calgary Flames, the Sharks played exceptional defense and got timely goaltending from Adin Hill en route to a 4-1 win over the Flames. Hill made 37 saves, including 18 stops in a pivotal 2nd period.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 11/8
by LGS Staff
The Panthers continue to hold the top spot in our rankings. The Washington Capitals see the biggest fall this week. See who is making the moves and who is pretending.
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Sharks youngsters learn a lesson in loss to Devils
SJ blows 3rd period lead, then falls 3-2 in the shootout
by Mike Lee
The Sharks wrapped up their 3-game home stand with a disappointing shootout loss to the visiting New Jersey Devils at SAP Center on Saturday night. Like the St Louis Blues on Thursday night, the Devils faced San Jose a day after dropping a game in Los Angeles. For the second straight time, it was the Sharks that looked like the team with the tired legs, allowing the opposition to beat them at home.
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Sharks return Eklund to Sweden
SJ giving their 1st round draft pick time to mature
by Mike Lee
The Sharks made their first notable roster move of the season on Friday, when they reassigned centerman William Eklund to Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League. Had the Sharks allowed Eklund to play in a 10th NHL game, it would have triggered his three year entry-level contract.
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Inexperience shows
St Louis jumps on mistakes to take 5-3 win at SAP
by Mike Lee
Some things are givens with the San Jose Sharks. They never play well in matinee starts or against goaltenders making their NHL debuts. Joel Hofer got the call in net for the visiting St Louis Blues, who lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the shootout 24 hours earlier. Hofer would get past a shaky opening period to help the Blues knock off San Jose 5-3 at SAP Center.
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Where Do We Go from Here?
League needs to do better in addressing Kyle Beach issue
by Ryan Hall
A couple weeks ago I wrote an article praising the NHL for becoming a safe space to discuss Mental Health. That piece lauded the league for taking a bold, progressive stance and embracing one of the largest health crises of our time. I was hopeful and optimistic that this was the start of a new, more humane National Hockey League.
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Sharks infirmary roster continues to deliver
SJ downs Buffalo 5-3 on Hertl's big night
by Mike Lee
Building on their 2-1 overtime win over Winnipeg on Saturday night, the Sharks returned to action with their AHL heavy roster as the team continues to deal with a wave of players who remain on the NHL's COVID protocol list. Tomas Hertl scored a pair of goal and added an assist to lead the Sharks to a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres at SAP Center. Goaltender James Reimer made 25 saves to earn his 3rd victory in four starts for San Jose.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
for the Week Ending 11/1
by LGS Staff
The Panthers and Blackhawks both have terrible weeks, but they bookend the Power Rankings this week. See who is making the moves and who is pretending.
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Late arrival costly
Sharks drop third straight after loss to Canadiens
by Mike Lee
Over their 31 year history some things have become staples with the San Jose Sharks. Losing their game after long road trips is one of them. Returning home for their first gae after completing a 5-game road trip, the Sharks laid an egg against arguably the worst team in the Eastern Conference on Thursday night. The Montreal Canadiens had dropped 6 of their first 7 games this season, including a lopsided 5-0 loss to San Jose 9 days ago. The Canadiens returned the favor with a 4-0 victory at SAP Center as the Sharks played in only their second home game of the season.
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Flat finish to road trip
Sharks fall 3-1 in Nashville, dropping second straight
by Mike Lee
Early in the season, the Sharks are trying to establish their identity and figure out what kind of hockey club they're going to be this season. Wrapping up a 5-game road trip, the Sharks sputtered, dropping a second consecutive game in a 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee on Tuesday night. San Jose fell behind early and couldn't find the spark required to beat the Predators.
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LGS NHL Power Rankings
For the Week of 10/25
by LGS Staff
The staff writers at LetsGoSharks.com rank each NHL team from 1 to 32, and give up the skinny on why. We'll publish our ranking each Monday. Get the low down on who's in it to win it, and who's just pretending.
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Sharks fall short in Beantown
Late surge not enough in 4-3 loss
by Mike Lee
All good things must eventually come to an end. On Sunday, it was the Sharks fantastic season start that fizzled in a morning matinee with the Boston Bruins at TD Garden Arena. A flat opening snowballed into a deficit the Sharks couldn't overcome. Trailing 4-1 in the 3rd period, the Sharks fought back, but would fall 4-3 as San Jose loses for the first time this season.
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Sharks don't wilt against Leafs
Unlikely win streak extended to 4 games
by Mike Lee
The past two seasons, the Sharks cough up the lead in the 3rd period. So far this season, these aren't the same Sharks. After grabbing leads, and surrendering them in a back and both squabble with the host Toronto Maple Leafs, the Sharks finally played some lock down hockey and kept their surprising winning streak to start the season alive on Friday night. Playing their third game in four nights, the Sharks got timely scoring from their key veterans, and enough goaltending to stun the Maple Leafs 5-3 in a weekday matinee in Ontario.
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Sharks continue to build
Power play continues to pay dividends for SJ
by Mike Lee
Those long season opening road trips have always been a great opportunity for teams to gel. When the roster has seen as many changes as the Sharks this past off season, the time together has been almost crucial. Building on their surprising start early in the season, the Sharks are using their current trip to figure each other out, as well as build confidence as a team. That confidence was on full display in Ottawa on Thursday night, as the Sharks rolled to their third consecutive win to start the season with a 2-1 victory in Ontario.
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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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 SHARK SNAPSHOT
Western Conference W L OTL Pts
(1) Colorado 29 8 3 61
(2) St Louis 25 12 5 55
(3) Nashville 26 14 3 55
(4) Minnesota 25 10 3 53
(5) Vegas 25 15 2 52
(6) Anaheim 21 16 7 49
(7) Los Angeles 21 16 6 48
(8) Calgary 19 12 6 44
(10) San Jose 21 19 2 44
SJ Home 11 9 2 22
SJ Road 10 10 0 20

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LEADERS
Scoring Gm G A Pts PIM
Meier 37 21 25 46 4
Hertl 42 21 16 37 10
Couture 38 13 18 31 10
Burns 42 4 23 27 24
Karlsson 33 8 18 26 14

Goaltending W L OTL Sv% GAA
Reimer 12 8 1 .914 2.83
Hill 9 11 1 .901 2.78

Special Teams # Eff% Rnk
Power Play 19/109 17.4% 22nd
Penalty Kill 18/105 82.9% 9th

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
1/21 Assigned G Zach Sawchenko to San Jose (AHL)

1/21 Assigned RW Joachim Blichfeld to San Jose (AHL)

1/20 Recalled F Adam Raska from Taxi Squad

1/19 Recalled RW Joachim Blichfeld from Taxi Squad

1/19 Assigned RW Joachim Blichfeld to Taxi Squad

1/18 Assigned F Adam Raska to Taxi Squad

1/15 Assigned G Zach Sawchenko to Taxi Squad

1/15 Recalled F Adam Raska from Taxi Squad

1/14 Assigned F Adam Raska to Taxi Squad

1/14 Assigned F Nick Merkley to San Jose (AHL)

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RECENT MILESTONES
1/21/21 Ryan Merkley - 1st NHL Assist (vs TB)

1/17/22 Erik Karlsson- 500th NHL Assist (vs LA)

1/13/22 Andrew Cogliano- 1100th NHL Game (vs NYR)

1/11/22 Adam Raska - 1st NHL Game (vs DET)

1/2/22 Zach Sawchenko - 1st NHL Game (@ PIT)

1/2/22 Logan Couture - 800th NHL Game (@ PIT)

12/28/21 Jeffrey Viel - 1st NHL Goal (vs ARI)

12/28/21 Jayden Halbgewachs - 1st NHL Point (vs ARI)

12/28/21 Jayden Halbgewachs - 1st NHL Assist (vs ARI)

12/28/21 Brent Burns - 1200th NHL Game (vs ARI)

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