Following a 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild and the trading of fan-favorite Douglas Murray for draft picks, many questioned whether the San Jose Sharks were going to begin managing its roster for the future instead of the present — and this was a perfectly fair assumption. Now fast-forward to tonight’s home contest against the Detroit Red Wings where the narrative may be changing.
Since the Murray trade the Sharks have responded with 5-3 and 4-0 wins over the division-leading Anaheim Ducks in a home-and-home, making this squad mighty hard to tear up by the April 3 trade deadline. While the Sharks haven’t exactly responded verbally much about this trade in front of the media, they have spoken volumes with their play and obviously don’t mind addressing that subject matter.
“We feel like our game’s been getting better and better,” captain Joe Thornton said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “We feel we’re getting our confidence back.”
San Jose (36 points) now sits at third in the Pacific Division and tied for the seventh-seed in the Western Conference.
“We’ve beaten a team that’s got a lot of points and is kind of running away with the division,” Sharks forward Ryane Clowe said, via NHL.com. “To beat a solid team like Anaheim and now to be able to start the home stand off that way and build on the last game is something we desperately needed, to put a couple games together and get that momentum going a little bit and put up some more goals.”
The Sharks will seek to continue rounding into the form of a contender when they battle Detroit at 7:30 p.m. Pacific.