SAN JOSE SHARKS
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Regular Season Record: 51-20-11, 113 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: Never
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Dan Boyle, Rob Blake, Kent Huskins, Niclas Wallin
A reason to cheer for the Sharks: There may be no team in the NHL that needs a lengthy playoff run more than the Sharks. After past playoff failures, many fans are leery of jumping on the Sharks bandwagon; however the addition of proven playoff performers and an injection of confidence in four of their top players thanks to a gold medal at the Olympics, this may finally be the year that the Sharks breakthrough and reach their potential.
What They Bring To The Table: With a potent arsenal at their disposal and a good balance of power and speed on defence, on paper the Sharks appear to be the favourite to bring home the hardware. If history has told us anything it’s that championships are never won on paper and that the Sharks tend to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when the stakes are the highest. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov enjoyed yet another solid regular season, however Sharks management had to be worried at how he blew up in the Olympics. That was not a good omen for the Sharks title hopes. The Sharks are at their best on special teams, with both the power play and penalty kill inside the top five in the league. In fact if you look at the team there really is no reason to believe that they are not the best team in the West, however until they are able to show that they are different from the team that has melted down the past few years in the playoffs, the jury will still be out.