We’re in the last full month of the regular season schedule for the NHL and while there’s still time for the Sharks to take the Pacific crown, that’s much easier said than done. Especially since the Ducks and Kings can’t just lose a few freakin’ games in regulation right now.
Standings at the time of this writing
It’s not impossible, but if LA and Anaheim could cool off a lot, that would be greeaattttt, thanks.
So, the biggest question on every Sharks fan’s mind right now is, ‘Would playing the Kings or Ducks in the playoffs be better?’. Or as I like to think of it, ‘Which is the lesser of the two evils?’.
Well, both are pretty bleak if you want the truth. Anaheim can actually score goals now and LA has been strong for most of the season. But, the Sharks have had more success against the Kings this season, record-wise.
San Jose is 2-1-1 against Los Angeles, and could have been 3-1 but they gave up a goal with like 12 seconds left or something, then lost in OT.
The Sharks are 1-3 when facing the Ducks, but all three losses were one-goal games, so take that how you will.
There’s also the mental factor. LA is a team that has been a thorn in San Joses side in the playoffs these past few years, so could that have an affect on affect on the Sharks? Possibly. The Ducks and Sharks have only played each other once in the playoffs and Anaheim won the series 4-2, back in 08′-09′. That the teams don’t have much of a playoff history. It’s a bit of a clean slate.
Overall, I’m going to have to go with Anaheim on this one. LA always amps up their game in the playoffs and with that reverse-sweep they pulled on the Sharks two seasons ago, I’ll take the Ducks, even though they went to the Conference Finals last year. San Jose has been scoring a decent amount of goals lately and I think their new additions from the trade deadline can strengthen the team enough to hold off Perry and Getzlaf.
Of course, in a perfect world, San Jose would steal the Pacific, then sit back and watch Anaheim and Los Angeles duke it out. They can wear each other down for a while.
Meanwhile, the Sharks would be like:
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