January 8, 2011 by Post Team
Tom Cavanagh, Tonight marks the official start of the second half of the season for the Sharks. Although their 21-15-5 records through the first 41 games of the season are respectable, it is not quite what most people expected the group assembled. But what is more disturbing is their inconsistency, how one night, they may well beat a top team in the league, and the next day they blow a lead of two goals in the third period. Again.
Sharks, Doug Wilson, Director General met with the team yesterday, as reported by David Pollak. While meeting in mid-season would have occurred regardless of the state of the team’s defeat by shutout Thursday in Buffalo helped set the tone for the meeting.
“There were others who said they did a great job at this stage of the season,” McLellan said, “and then there were others who said much more is expected of of them. ”
It is quite obvious that some of the “great job” players are – both Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe come immediately to mind – and some really need to strengthen – Patrick Marleau is great here. The drop off between these two extremes, although I would not be surprised if most of the trends team late Patrick Marleau things.
While the Sharks do not seem to respond to comments Clowe earlier this week, possibly meeting with the boss will finally get the consistency they need. As Clowe said yesterday, “First and foremost, the 10 or 15 games are coming out of this engine and we’ll get. If this does not happen, Doug has choices to make. “And at this stage, few players should be considered untouchable.
As in every game this season, tonight’s game is important. Nashville is a point ahead of the Sharks in the standings with one game less played. The Sharks have lost tonight regulation; they could eventually be pushed out of playoff position. They win in regulation; they could be in second place.
Predators come in tonight’s game on a series of four wins, with victories over Minnesota, Columbus, Anaheim and Los Angeles. They beat each team by a margin of three goals, and even managed to beat our brothers in Southern California on games back-to-back. In a word, they are hot.
The last time these two teams met this season, the Sharks had a lead of a goal coming into the third period, ending up trailing at the end of the third after the Predators scored two goals in 44 seconds. On the official site of the Nashville Predators, he was voted second best game (s) of the season. Forgive me for being selfish, but I’d rather not have any game Sharks be a favorite game for opposing fans.
I expect Antti Niemi to start tonight based on Antero Niittymaki had a difficult start on Thursday, but remember to check the work for the starter Corners real. With the games back-to-back this weekend, it’s almost guaranteed that the two goalkeepers to see action.
On a more serious note, news emerged yesterday that the former Sharks prospect Tom Cavanagh was found dead in his car in a mall parking lot Thursday. He was 28. Drafted by the Sharks in the 6th round of the 2001 Entry Draft Lobby, he played 18 games with the Sharks during two seasons. He scored his only goal in the NHL on March 28, 2009 against the Phoenix Coyotes. Cavanagh condolences to the family of all of us here in fear of the End.
Prediction: 4-2 Sharks. Goals scored by Logan Couture, Kent Huskins, Devin Setoguchi and Jamie McGinn. It happened to score a goal at some point, right?
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