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Playoff bubble watch — San Jose Sharks edition

Mar 28, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

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With the NHL playoff race getting down to the wire, we’ll be providing regular updates on each bubble team’s postseason push.

Bubble team: San Jose Sharks

Where they stand: 3rd in the West (first in the Pacific Division), two points clear of ninth-place Los Angeles

Games remaining: 6

SportsClubStats.com says: 79.1% chance of making the playoffs

Why they’ll get in:

A renewed confidence. The Sharks are 6-2-1 since a miserable month-and-a-bit of poor play. Monday they smoked Colorado, 5-1, for their third straight victory – a win that lifted them into first in the Pacific Division. This is unfamiliar territory for San Jose, a team that’s used to clinching a playoff spot well before the final game of the season. But lately the players seem to be responding.

Why they won’t:

Four of their last six games are on the road, where the Sharks are a mediocre 15-15-7. In fact, San Jose has just two road victories in its last 12 tries. And while most of those losses came during the aforementioned “miserable month-and-a-bit of poor play,” it was miserable in part because of all games away from the Tank.

Quotable:

“Lately we’ve been having fun playing, guys are smiling.  Not that we weren’t before but maybe we were a little more uptight when we were losing, and didn’t want to make a mistake. Guys are going out there playing more free and things are working out.” – Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Biggest game coming up:

Thursday at the Coyotes

  1. pantherpro - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Sharks will win Cup! Bigger parade than Giants!

  2. letsgosjsharks - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    We got dis!!!!

  3. danphipps01 - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Yeah! Joe Thornton will find his clutch button and lead the Sharks to Lord Stanley’s with grit and determinahahahahahahahahahaha I’m sorry I can’t quite get it out without laughing.

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