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Sharks playing the role of underdogs versus Kings

Apr 17, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

Brad Stuart, Justin Williams AP

The San Jose Sharks don’t care that so many people are picking them to lose to the Los Angeles Kings.

“Why are they picking L.A.? Because they won the Cup two years ago and beat us last year, I guess,” d-man Marc-Edouard Vlasic said, accurately, per “People can pick who they want. We don’t care. It’s an evenly matched series. Last year went to seven [games], and this year I would expect the same. I don’t mind if everybody picks L.A. I’m here to win. We want to prove to ourselves that we can beat all the best teams.”

In reality, not “everybody” is picking the Kings. PHT staffers are split on the series, and online bookmaker Bovada actually made the higher-seeded Sharks, holders of home-ice advantage, a -145 favorite.

Last year, the home side won all seven games of the teams’ second-round series. This past regular season, San Jose’s 29-7-5 home record was the best in the West.

Still, there remains a feeling — one based largely on the club’s history of postseason disappointments — that the Sharks don’t have what it takes to go all the way.

Defenseman Dan Boyle has heard that theory many times from reporters.

“The only way to shut you guys up is to win it,” he said.

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  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Sharks need to dig deep. Play hard in front of Niemi, since he is struggling. Also need to roll all 4 lines in waves. One after another with offensive chances. They HAVE to overwhelm or “break” if you will, Quick. Highly doubt they will “break” him. He is a solid goaltender and honestly he is my main concern.

    Let’s go Sharks! Picked you to win in 5. Far stretch, but we all have dreams. Lol

    • sharksman - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      if we are going to dream, lets say sweep lol Go Sharks !

  2. patthehockeyfan - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    If the Sharks don’t care that “so many people are picking them to lose” to LA, then, why are they talking about it?

    Nothing directed at them or you, sjsharks66, personally. But, once you have the thought in your mind, it eventually shows in your play.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    They were probably asked by the media, “what do you think when people say you are the underdogs?”.

  4. sharksman - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Go Sharks ! Home Ice is the Advantage !
    I love Boyle saying the only way to shut them up is to win
    I love it because its true
    Lets get it done !

  5. wtfkwp - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Go Kings Go!

  6. pantherpro - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    LA is weak. Sharks much better fans since day one. It’s time for Jumbo to lift Cup

    • pirovash88 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      It’s time for you to write in complete and comprehensive sentences.

    • wtfkwp - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      LMFAO at the idiocy.

    • skr213 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      As a Sharks fan, I’ll kindly ask you to refrain from speaking in favor of the Sharks from now on.

  7. statsdolie - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    As long as the sharks don’t get frustrated by quick I don’t see how they lose this series.

  8. mcflower29 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    bullsh1t the sharks are “the underdogs,” bottom line they are a higher seed than the kings. if the sharks win the series, they are expected to given their seeding status; if they lose, shame on them.

    • wtfkwp - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      If a Shark fan should know anything, it’s that the postseason isn’t the same as the regular season.

      • skr213 - Apr 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        We do. We. Do.

  9. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    I can’t believe that clown blomfeld hasn’t posted on this subject yet with his stale old act and sentiments.

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