Sixteen wins separate the San Jose Sharks from winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Unfortunately, they’ve been in the same position every year for the past decade, and have not yet reached the Finals.
But with every year comes renewed hope. Hope that the Sharks can break through and put together sixteen solid games. Hope that the hockey Gods answer our prayers. Hope that the Sharks can win it all.
This year’s journey will begin with a first round matchup against the Los Angeles Kings in what should be a hard-fought, physical and grinding series. The Kings won the season series 3-1-1, but the playoffs are an entirely different animal.
Sharks’ coach Todd McLellan has been mixing-and-matching with the lines during practice, perhaps to confuse the Kings.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, here were the Sharks’ forward lines during Wednesday’s practice:
5 players (including Torres, and presumably Kennedy, Desjardins, Brown, and Kearns)
The defense should stay the same as it was during the final stretch of the regular season:
McLellan has yet to name a starting goaltender, but it is presumed to be Antti Niemi, who has playoff experience and already has a Stanley Cup.
Here are the probable lines for the Kings, based on their practice sessions as well:
LA: Drew Doughty (upper body) will play
Opening Face-Off: 7:30 PM PST
Location: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
TV: NBCSN, CBC, FSW, CSNCA
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