Thursday, May 1, 2014

Should the Sharks dismantle and round 2 picks

From where I sit it looks like there could be changes coming in San Jose...


With lots of emphasis on 'could'.  Let's be honest here, it's hard to critique the Sharks. They are a great team 3/4 of the time. They have only missed the playoffs 5 times in their history, the last miss was over a decade ago (2002-03). They are a great team, in the regular season at least. A run to the final is still elusive. San Jose appeared in back-to-back conference finals, but only managed a single win; being swept by Chicago in 2010 and losing to Vancouver in 5 in 2011. They consistently approach the 100 point plateau, but stumble inexplicably at the last hurdles. Is it time for a change, at least in some of the big names who managed to all but vanish in the last four games against the Kings? Perhaps it's a coaching issue. Also take into account they play in a tough division. The Pacific is not a walk in the park, just ask the Canucks. It's a sad sight, great fans having their hopes dashed year after year by a team who simply can't get it done.

As for the teams who actually made the second round...

I'm fairly satisfied with my first round record. Not only was I 5-for-8, but I actually got 3 of them bang on (Boston in 5, Rangers in 7 and Chicago in 6). So, here's my prognostications for round 2. Carey Price will out play Tukka Rask and the Bruins won't be able to stay out of the penalty box. Habs in 7. The Penguins were woefully exposed by the Blue Jackets, Rangers in 6. In the West, Chicago is simply too good and will shut down Minnesota in 5. While Anaheim and LA will go the distance. The Ducks goaltending isn't where it needs to be to make it to the conference finals, the Kings is. LA takes game 7 in overtime.

At least that's how I see it and I sit in the cheap seats.

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