It would look like the San Jose Sharks are comfortably going to make the playoffs. It leads me to think about what needs to happen in the postseason for San Jose to make a deep run. There has been a lot of talk about the play of Antti Niemi in goal and rightfully so with how he has led the Sharks back into playoff contention.
I think the biggest player to watch out for would be Joe Thornton going forward.
Thornton has 39 points in 45 games including 32 assists. He is a player who moves the puck to his teammates so they can score instead of doing it himself. I like that kind of player but I have to think that this team needs a few more goals from their captain. Thornton has averaged nearly a point a game over his career and has more than double the number of assists to goals scored.
San Jose isn’t an offensive juggernaut though, being in the bottom ten for goals per game in the NHL this season.
San Jose is just two points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference with just three games to go. The two teams will face each other on Saturday night in the final game of the regular season. It could easily come down to that game to decide who gets home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
It could also be the game where Thornton becomes a goal scorer himself and leads San Jose to victory. There is going to be a lot of pressure on him when this postseason begins.