For a while now, I’ve been talking about teams that need to start playing better. The theory is that you have to start playing your best hockey at the right time because you want to be playing this way as you enter the playoffs.
The San Jose Sharks are one of these teams. The Sharks have been one of those teams that always seems to be around near the top in the conference, but they haven’t been able to close the deal. The Sharks have been favored to win the Stanley Cup numerous times over the past decade but haven’t achieved this milestone yet. As a matter of fact, the Sharks haven’t even made the Finals.
This year, the Sharks have put themselves at the top once again. After Thursday’s 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, the Sharks are in sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division and are only two points behind the St. Louis Blues for the top spot in the conference.
This time, though, it’s not about just being at the top of the conference. The Sharks are playing some great hockey. In their last 10 games, they have a 8-1-1 record. This is tied with the Blues for the second-best record during that stretch. Only the Boston Bruins and their 10-0 record is better.
I’m not sure what will happen in the playoffs this year. Every year, there seems to be surprises that cause the fans to scratch their heads. I can say this though — don’t sleep on the Sharks this year going into the playoffs. This could be the year they finally get over the hump and hoist the Stanley Cup.