The San Jose Sharks made a number of moves at the trade deadline that would make you believe that the team is giving up on the 2013 NHL season. I have to say right now that even with those moves, I don’t think the Sharks are dead yet. There is still enough on the roster that the Sharks could still make the playoffs and at least win a first-round series.
San Jose has won six straight games and seven of their last eight. It sounds like a team that is streaking towards the playoffs instead of falling out of the playoff chase to me. I admit that this streak may not last forever and could end at any point, sending the Sharks straight down to the depths of the Western Conference standings.
I would take my chances though with Antti Niemi in net and players like Joe Thornton still on the ice. There are two winnable games the rest of this week for San Jose and if they can get into next week’s play in a position where they are eight points clear in the playoff chase, I think the Sharks make the playoffs.
The Sharks are in fifth place right now in the Western Conference standings and are just one point out of the fourth spot. The team is five points ahead of the teams in ninth place and two more wins this week could put San Jose in a great position with three weeks to go in the regular season. This isn’t the time to be pessimistic about the Sharks doing postseason damage.