Disrespected or Realistic?

Dec 10, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) and San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (44) battle for the puck during the second period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

I received a message from a Sharks fan yesterday who was quite upset that the NHL Network panel believes the Sharks will be knocked out in the first round. I was a little baffled as to why he felt so disrespected by an honest assessment of the situation by NHL panelists but realized he may not be the only fan out there thinking “Why would you say that about our beloved team teal?!” Ok fans, I’m sorry if you feel disrespected by the panel, but let’s get real about the situation. The performance of the team this season has been hit or miss and the boys (self-admittedly) had to battle their way into the playoffs.

Does this mean they don’t stand a chance? Not necesarily. I’ve learned as a Sharks fan this season that you can never count these guys out, they will always surprise you in some way…but with as inconsistent as the Sharks have been, especially in comparison to the St. Louis Blues who have had nothing short of a great season, I for one am not going to be placing any bets on our boys. I know how sacreligious that sounds to some die-hard fans…but I wouldn’t bet your life savings on the Sharks making it past this quarterfinals round against the Blues. Some of you may think I’m being biased because Jamie Langenbrunner is from my home town and I am obligated (as any decent hockey fan would be), to cheer for the home town player, but I assure you, that is not the case.

I truly hope that the Sharks we’ve seen over the past few weeks are the Sharks we see against St. Louis, but I’m just not convinced it’s going to be enough to get them past the boys in blue. I hate to say it, but I’m with the NHL panel…call it disrespect if you want to, I’m just going to call it being realistic. I do however believe in miracles, and I for sure believe that if a team can pull it off in a clutch situation, our Sharks are the ones to do it!

~ALH

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  • Kingshark49

    The Blues are favored for a reason, and a good reason at that. What fans need to realize is that the Sharks struggled for much of the second half and even if the had one the Pacific Division, seeded third and drew Chicago, there would be still some great intrepedation from the “experts” to pick that Sharks and I for one would understand it. I bleed teal as well as any Sharks fan out there, but I am also a realist. The Sharks are going to have to play their best hockey of the year to beat St Louis and get to the next round. If that doesn’t happen, you have to give the Blues their due as they are a helluva hockey team thanks largely to Ken Hitchcock and 25 players who are committed. If I was an impartial pannelist on NHL.com or TSN.ca, I’d probably pick the Blues in six too. That said, I’m pulling for the Sharks get the upset. I feel it’s a good thing here that the Sharks are the underdog. As I’ve always said, the underdog is the one who is playing with the “house money”. The only question is can the Sharks be good stewards of that house money? We shall see…

  • Kingshark49

    The Blues are favored for a reason, and a good reason at that. What fans need to realize is that the Sharks struggled for much of the second half and even if they had one the Pacific Division, seeded third and drew Chicago, there would be still some great intrepedation from the “experts” to pick that Sharks and I for one would understand it. I bleed teal as well as any Sharks fan out there, but I am also a realist. The Sharks are going to have to play their best hockey of the year to beat St Louis and get to the next round. If that doesn’t happen, you have to give the Blues their due as they are a helluva hockey team thanks largely to Ken Hitchcock and 25 players who are committed. If I was an impartial pannelist on NHL.com or TSN.ca, I’d probably pick the Blues in six too. That said, I’m pulling for the Sharks get the upset. I feel it’s a good thing here that the Sharks are the underdog. As I’ve always said, the underdog is the one who is playing with the “house money”. The only question is can the Sharks be good stewards of that house money? We shall see…

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