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San Jose Sharks: 5 Bold Predictions for 2014-15 Season

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5 Bold Predictions for the San Jose Sharks in 2014-15

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The San Jose Sharks are looking to rebound from an embarrassing finish to 2013-14 that saw them lose a seven-game series to the Los Angeles Kings after winning the first three games. Here are five bold Sharks-related predictions for 2014-15.

5. Sharks Sweep Regular Season Series vs. Kings

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5. Sharks Sweep Regular Season Series vs. Kings

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The Sharks looked dominant in a 4-0 shutout of the Kings on the opening night of the season, and appear to have the goods to maintain that edge over Los Angeles all season long. The Sharks' players have watched their team get trashed in the media all summer long, and even their misguided general manager decided to join in on the verbal lashing. Motivation certainly won't be lacking.

4. Joe Thornton Puts Up 85+ Points

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4. Joe Thornton Puts Up 85+ Points

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Joe Thornton has aged incredibly gracefully and has retained many of the skills that made him one of the league's top-five players a decade ago. With the talent he'll have on his wings, 85 points is more than attainable.

3. Antti Niemi Regains His 2012-13 Form

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3. Antti Niemi Regains His 2012-13 Form

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Antti Niemi had a terrible 2013-14 season, but a long summer to regain his focus and confidence should be enough to get the Finn back to the near elite level he was at in 2012-13.

2. Joe Pavelski Scores Less Than 30 Goals

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2. Joe Pavelski Scores Less Than 30 Goals

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After 41 goals and an utterly unsustainable 18.2% shooting percentage in 2013-14, it's fairly easy to envision Joe Pavelski experiencing a steep regression in numbers this season.

1. Sharks Reach the Western Conference Final

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1. Sharks Reach the Western Conference Final

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The Sharks will slay some of their Pacific Division demons — including their nemesis Kings — en route to a Western Conference Final showdown against either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Minnesota Wild.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.