The nine game tennis road trip might have been the big one. This four game road trip is much more important. Two division rivals ahead of Team Teal in the standings, a team that just beat you, and a team that wants the 8th spot that you’re currently in.
While San Jose is 3-0 against Dallas this season, they haven’t played each other since February 2nd, right before Dallas caught on fire. The Stars are 7-1-2 in their last ten games, which has surged them to the top of the Pacific Division. At the same time, Team Teal is 2-7-1 and has them clinging to their playoff lives, while being tied with Los Angeles and Colorado.
BREAK EVEN FEVER?
It was about four seasons ago when then Sharks President Greg Jamison was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article in which he said, “our goal is to break even…” Sadly one more loss in regulation or overtime, and the Sharks will be doing exactly that. When you combine both forms of losses, San Jose’s record is 33-32. Scary to think that a team this good is nearly breaking even right now.
JEREMY ROENICK AT IT AGAIN
NHL Analyst and former San Jose Shark Jeremy Roenick was the center of Finatics attention with his most recent blog on NHL.com. He states that he is a fan of San Jose and it’s organization, but is scared at what is happening on the ice. Part of his criticism was once again towards Sharks forward Patrick Marleau.
Right now I’d be scared. I’d be mad. I’d be huffing like a raging bull right now. I’m not sure that Patrick Marleau can do that. I don’t know if he has it in him to bring this team into the playoffs. I’d like to see him get angry, show some passion.
You recall after a disappointing effort in last year’s Western Conference Semifinals against Detroit, Jeremy Roenick stated that Marleau had a “gutless” effort. It raged the organization and perhaps lit a fire on the team. Perhaps it did something to Patrick as well in Game 7.
If Marleau and the Sharks can react and light that fire that all of us fans know they have, watch out. As for JR, we may thank him in the long run. LET’S PUCKING DO THIS!
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