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NHL on NBCSN: Tales of perfection — Sharks, Blues collide

Oct 15, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT

Tomas Hertl #48 of the San Jose Sharks in aciton during the preseason NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on September 27, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 2-1.
(September 26, 2013 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 campaign tonight when the St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks at the Scottrade Center at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game online.

There have been some teams that have shocked the hockey world with their hot starts. The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks aren’t two of them. The fact that they’re a combined 9-0-0 going into tonight’s match is both impressive and noteworthy, but these are two teams that were highly regarded even before the season began.

If the Blues could be summed up in one word, it would be balanced. They don’t have the best offense in the league, but they have a variety of different scoring threats to go along with a skilled and deep defense. Last season their goaltending was an area of some concern because of Jaroslav Halak‘s injury problems, but he’s healthy now and off to a superb start with a 1.75 GAA and .934 save percentage.

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The Sharks can also count goaltending as a strength with Antti Niemi playing between the pipes most nights. However, their potential edge over the Blues comes from their offense. San Jose’s normal weapons such as Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, and Joe Thornton are all clicking, but the hockey world hasn’t been fixated on any of them.

That’s because Tomas Hertl has been stealing the show. The 19-year-old has played in just five NHL games, but he’s already scored seven goals and eight points. He was also named the first star of the week, scored a stunning and controversial goal, and was unfortunately also involved in some scary collisions. He should still be find to play tonight, according to CSN Bay Area.

On the other side, St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen has been one of the hottest players in the league. He’s never recorded more than 51 points in a single season, but Steen has four goals and eight points over the course of a four-game point streak.

At 4-0-0, this is the best opening the St. Louis Blues have ever enjoyed, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. By contrast, the Sharks started off 7-0-0 last season. San Jose also lost its following seven contests, highlighting the fact that this is only the beginning of what should be an interest season for both of these clubs.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Game of the year (so far), can’t wait !

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      How is it not? Bias a holes

  2. bleedingteal4life - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Typos galore

  3. jhuck92 - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I can tell this is gonna be a good game. It’s going to have the feel of a playoff game, for sure.

  4. blomfeld - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM


    While there’s no question that your Blues and Sharks are both excellent teams who are off to solid starts respectively, it’s nonetheless important that you folks avoid getting too far ahead of yourselves ‘up there’ in the clouds. For the fact is that even ‘badly’ damaged coupled with ‘woefully’ depleted ranks last spring, we Kings still managed to prevail over both of your teams. And this year we’re now on the march again, completely healthy, bristling with firepower up front, while icing a back end that’s a virtual ‘Siegfried Line’ with Quick, Doughty, Greene and friends ! :)

    So ‘cheers’ to you Blues, Sharks and other excellent WC teams. But do be aware that we Kings are coming for you and ‘no’ quarter will be granted !

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *** Updated NHL ‘Team’ Power Rankings ***

    1) .996 – LA Kings
    2) .984 – Chicago Blackhawks
    3) .967 – San Jose Sharks
    4) .955 – St Louis Blues
    5) .942 – Pittsburgh Penguins

    28) .135 – Florida Panthers
    29) .093 – Alexander Ovechkin
    30) .086 – Philadelphia Flyers

    source: Bloomberg Sports News

    ps King’s fans … it’s important that we leave the Sunshine State with 4 points tonight eh ?

    • skr213 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Oh I’m sorry, was this an article about the Kings? No. So leave it up to someone from narcissistic LA to insert themselves into something that has nothing to do with them.

      • coyotes89 - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        It’s the Hollywood mentality I think. Lol. Sharks and blues are playing well. You have to respect that. And the coyotes are tied with the kings in games. So that means I can be useless and arrogant to right? Hey LA it’s not always just about you.

    • blues1988 - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      this is the same dbag that always post annoying and irrelevant you tube videos during the post season, this guy sucks.

    • paperlions - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Ah yes, when your team is 4-2 with a +2 goal diff but you want to think they are the best team in the league anyway, resort to something meaningful… “power rankings”.

    • hustleandflomax - Oct 15, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Here’s some more attention that you apparently crave so bad.

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