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Preview/Lines #20: Quinn Says Sharks Have Learned to Believe in Each Other

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A month ago, the San Jose Sharks were licking their wounds.

The day after the New York Islanders had run roughshod over them 5-2 at UBS Arena on Oct. 19, the “fragile” 0-5-0 Sharks gathered for practice at Chelsea Piers, at a crossroads in their season.

They were preparing to take on David Quinn’s old team, the New York Rangers, the next night.

“I believe in this group, we as coaches. I said that to them,” Quinn said after that practice. “I said hopefully you guys think you’re as good as we think you are.”

Quinn Believes in Sharks, But Does Team Believe in Each Other?

What a difference a month makes. Coincidentally, the Sharks are playing the Rangers again tonight, this time at SAP Center.

San Jose is 6-5-3 since the Chelsea Piers practice, including their first win of the season the next night at Madison Square Garden.

So do the Sharks believe in each other now?

“Without question. You can see it throughout our games, you can feel it. It was a high level of frustration after the other night [against Detroit] because I think our guys have raised the bar. The bar has been raised with what our expectations are,” Quinn said about Thursday night’s 7-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. “Mike [Grier] has done a good job of building up a roster to be a little bit deeper. I think there was a lot of uncertainty when the season started. And now that we’ve got a much better feel of who we are, what we can be, guys expect to win.”

Of course, you can’t forget 0-5-0, and Quinn doesn’t: “We’ve played a lot of the top teams. We haven’t ducked anybody, really. It’s been a pretty good schedule we’ve played.

“Here we are, after a 0-5-0 start, 6-10-3 and feel like we’ve played better than that. But end of the day, you are what you are.

“Our record is what it is. It’s just not good enough.”

But Quinn believes these Sharks are headed to .500 and beyond: “We don’t have far to go to get over that hump.

“We’ve touched on that, and as we showed throughout [our recent 3-1-0] road trip, we understand what we need to do.”

Let’s see if the Sharks really do “get it” tonight against the Rangers.

San Jose Sharks (6-10-3)

Quinn says that James Reimer will start once again, and it’s the same line-up. These were the lines on Thursday night:

Also, here’s the latest on Radim Simek, who looks on track to be back soon:

New York Rangers (8-6-4)

Igor Shesterkin starts.

Where to Watch

The San Jose Sharks will take on the New York Rangers at 7:30 PM PST at SAP Center. Watch it live on NBC Sports California. Listen to it on the Sharks Audio Network.

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Alaskan_ice

Hard to argue with Quinn, these last handful of games have shown that belief. It won’t equal out to wins every game but the “compete “ is not lacking.

Go Sharks!!

Rothgar

Every time I see the NYR & that big stud D-man K’Andre Miller, I heave a big sigh of regret that the SJS passed on him to pick a pipsqueek like Ryan Merkley. Merks can barely make in the A while Miller will be a Top-4 D for a long time. Thanks DW jr.!

david barnard

after that trade with TBL for Lundkvist they now have had 2 D from the top 30 players taken in the 2018 entry draft!

Last edited 9 days ago by david barnard
Fin Coe

“Belief” is nice and all, but this team is about what it projected to be before the season starts, aka If/When everything goes right, they’re a competitive NHL team, but there are so many vulnerabilities, if even one of EK65, Meier, Hertl or Reimer gets injured or falters, the whole thing falls apart. I hope they win tonight, I love watching them play a good game, but I just don’t see how they can make this work long enough and well enough for anyone to see them as Buyers at the Deadline.

KE

Logan save your time asking for an explanation you are the Sharks and playing a Gallant team – a 5 min major will never happen again.

Y’all have to take care of things the old way.

david barnard

Sharks get shelled in 1st. great response game so far by Reimer, keeping them in the game.

david barnard

Hedi’s right, too many Sharks standing around watching the NYR’s try to score on Reimer.

KE

Ok voodoo Hahn we know the Rangers PP is good

david barnard

Sharks don’t have a shot on goal yet in 3rd, with 12:38 left.

david barnard

Vlasic gets first shot on goal (from the blue line) at 8:39 of the 3rd. Sharks got nothing, hoping to make it to OT on the back of Reimer and a prayer.

KE

Reimer is a praying man. 🙂

david barnard

i know pal;)

KE

🙂

KE

Well at the 20 game mark fans have observed that Sharks cannot win games on home ice.
But there are more choices of food and drink and there are lights on the seats and a very large Jumbotron

KE

Thankfully it wasn’t Goodie that had the winning goal

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