San Jose begins a back to back weekend tonight in Columbus as they near the end of their four game road trip. The Columbus Blue Jackets” href=”http://firethatcannon.com/”>Columbus Blue Jackets played last night and defeated the Phoenix Coyotes” href=”http://www.howlinhockey.com/”>Phoenix Coyotes in Todd Richards’ home coaching debut for the neon buggers. Richards was once the assistant coach of the Sharks in 2008-09, when the team won the President’s Trophy.
Columbus is hoping to right a ship that sunk so quickly. They currently sit 21 points out of a playoff spot and barring a miracle, they will miss the playoffs for the 10th time in their 11 year history. Changes are likely coming and rumors continue to swirl with Rick Nash and Jeff Carter.
For the Sharks, a bounce back game in Winnipeg. A 2-0 shutout of the Winnipeg Jets” href=”http://www.hockeyattheforks.com/”>Winnipeg Jets, things seem to be going well. In fact, San Jose has not lost in regulation since December 14th. (Stat courtesy of Sharks radio analyst Jamie Baker.)
So a cake walk against the worst team in the league? Refer to the last meeting about a week and a half ago. Columbus played hard, but San Jose hung on for a 2-1 win. You can’t play any team lightly, especially if you’re playing the team above you in the West tomorrow. If you give a poor effort tonight, how do you expect to win tomorrow?
UNIDORK NOTE: As your 14th favorite graphic designer and uniform dork, it is my duty to remind you that Columbus will be wearing their cannon third jersey tonight. A jersey which has been bad luck for the team. However, this columnist can’t help but notice how similar the striping is between the BJ’s third jersey and the road jersey of the Sharks.
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