The last few games have seen a very different San Jose Sharks team on the ice. San Jose has won four straight games to end the month of March and will continue their seven-game homestand on Monday night. I knew that this was a very important stretch of the season and the Sharks are proving that there is still some life left in this team. Saturday’s win came in a shootout, but with the team now at 17-11-6 on the season and in better shape for the playoffs, things may be changing around San Jose.
There has been talk that Ryane Clowe could be traded in the near future, and if that happens it shows team is looking to the future. I don’t think that’s the right move now that the team has won four straight. The Sharks are proving that they could be a team that makes noise in the playoffs, and keeping Clowe around to be a physical force would be helpful. San Jose will play seven of their final 11 games on the road after this long stretch at home, and really needs to come out for at least two or three more wins at home.
The presence of Clowe on the ice may allow the Sharks to continue this strong stretch of games. I know I wouldn’t want to be the team that has to face San Jose when the playoffs begin. There is just too much quality offensive talent on San Jose’s roster. I know that changes are coming to this team but it could be changes that doom the chances for deep playoff success in San Jose.