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Sharks want to ‘stockpile’ points before Olympics

Jan 29, 2014, 4:39 PM EDT

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Tonight in Edmonton and tomorrow in Calgary, the San Jose Sharks will play two of the worst teams in the NHL. After that, it’s four straight home games, followed by the 17-day Olympic break.

The Sharks should be favored in all six of those games, but head coach Todd McLellan is still wary.

“The issue that I’m sure a lot of teams will have is, let’s make sure we don’t go on the break early,” McLellan said, per CSN Bay Area. “Let’s make sure that we get to the finish line and stockpile as many points as possible. We’ve been good to this point. … We’re going to push hard, and we expect the players to respond, and then they can earn that time off.”

The Sharks are actually in a pretty unique spot. Nine points back of Anaheim and eight points ahead of Los Angeles in the Pacific Division, they couldn’t be much more solidified in second spot at this point in the season. It’s highly likely, though admittedly far from guaranteed, that second place is where they finish, meaning a first-round playoff match-up with the Kings (probable), Canucks (still possible), or Coyotes (you never know).

Chasing down the Ducks isn’t out of the question though. Not when you consider the Sharks have two games in hand and a less-than-harrowing schedule to finish the season.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Sharks need to focus on these games. They need to rebound tonight with a big win. Throw some hits and look alive. They looked dead for the first two periods on Monday. When this team plays a full 60 minute game, they usually come out with a win.

    Rack up these points and those who are not going to Sochi, rest up for when the break is over.

    • sjsharks86 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Luckily the Sharks have a few Olympic snubs, so those guys will get to rest up, and Patty, Pavs, Pickles & Nemo shouldn’t have a problem with the extra workload. It’ll also give Couture a couple more weeks to heal up, I expect him to play like a madman going into the playoffs

  2. joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Like I already said. Nothing more important at this time of the year than 2 points. Keep your cool, discipline, and resist the urge to inflict retribution. idk, but they may have been distracted by the Hertl/Brown incident, which could be the reason why they had a slow start vs the Kings. Messier, one of the best leaders of all time, once said, “discipline over emotion”. C’mon Sharks!

    • tronn25 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Who could forget the infamous Hertl/Brown incident of ’13. Not a single hour has gone by since 12/19 where I haven’t been haunted by that image burned into the back of my retinas. An incident of that magnitude could jar a team for months, neigh, years.

      I remember exactly where I was and who I was with when that franchise altering moment took place.

      I urge you all to share where you were and who you were with when it all went down. Never forget…

  3. muckleflugga - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    i’m sure calgary and edmonton will happily acquiesce to mcllelan’s fantasies …

    sharks fans should be aware calgary has strict anti-sissy bylaws prohibiting visiting nhl teams from flopping and diving and generally embarrassing the male gender with poofter-like play

    so what’s left for the splatter pant sharks …

    diving nationals are still months away

  4. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Still unable to find his ramblings funny. I hear through the grapevine that there is humor in them.. Hmm.. Maybe next time? :(

  5. muckleflugga - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    sjsharks66

    if your unimaginative and repetitious offerings, wrenched from static cliché templates worn thin by fans who’ve never actually played hockey … mattered … i’d care if you did or did not approve of my offerings … humorous or otherwise

    you, among several others herein, repeat the repeated ad nauseam … while raising the gorge of everyone who’ve played or play …

    this while presenting the emotional and intellectual security of a junior high wallflower

    grow up

  6. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Zzzzz….

  7. pfhockey - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Or they could stockpile as many wins as they can until off-season.

  8. muckleflugga - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    tronn25

    no hey … klaatu barada nikto … it was the day the earth stood still … there i was

    once upon a midnight dreary while i pondered weak and weary … through a glass darkly [ jamaican rum and coke ] … my notes from the kennedy king and lennon assassinations … deaths of elvis janice jimi and jimmy … cancellation of the partridge family

    the knee … ?

    wait … i’m sorry … unmanned so i was … sorry

    i can’t bear to speak of further … not until the sun rises

    if it will

    sniff

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