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5 Things Sharks Must Do To Make Playoffs

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The San Jose Sharks set the wrong kind of team history last year.

For a third straight season, they missed the playoffs, a franchise first.

So how will San Jose avoid a fourth consecutive campaign not in the post-season?

These are five things the Sharks will need to make the playoffs.

Scoring Depth

Last year, the Sharks were the third-most anemic scoring group in the NHL with 2.57 goals per game.

They were tied for the fewest 15-plus goal scorers in the league – Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, and Nick Bonino – along with the cellar-dwelling Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Seattle Kraken.

That has to change for the Sharks to sniff the post-season. Only three playoff clubs last year – the New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Los Angeles Kings – weren’t in the top half of the NHL in scoring.

The Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche, by the way, featured nine 15-plus goal scorers.

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BryanMirkley6

It’s really a shame about knyzhov – he really could have helped the defensive depth. With burns gone, it’s going to be a different kind of adventure on the back end. My hope is that Quinn gets them to play such a simple system that the defensemen don’t need to stretch their puck moving abilities much, but that will place more pressure on the forwards to carry the puck in the neutral zone. If Gregor, Eklund, and Bordeleau can step up this year, they may have a chance at playing that type of system successfully, but as it stands they… Read more »

Alaskan_ice

If the goaltending can win some games, the guys will start to loosen up and not grip their sticks too hard. If the mistakes don’t lead to goals, we’ll win games and that heals everything.

Go Sharks!!

TedB

As long as the Albatross, Vlasik is on the ice playing his brand of so-called defense, the Sharks cannot win. No traps against the boards. No open ice checks to stop entries. Let ’em skate by then trip, hook, slash for a penalty or miss the puck with impotent stick flailing. Then, he’s out of position and the invading offense is virtually in an ALL SKATE. Vlasik needs be offed with cash to any sucker… taker. Or make him assistant to the assistant of Zamboni washing and greasing. Eat the cap and out-of-pocket loss and retire his jersey so no… Read more »

Bob D

Couldn’t have said it better. You could have written it five years ago

david barnard

i cautioned (1 of the few) about his extension over at Fear the Fin back then. not that DW or anyone of import was paying attention, lol! it was 1 of those cases where you hope to be proven wrong, but there was enough evidence of his decline for my amateur eyes to be wary of such a lengthy and expensive extension, which has subsequently born out. c’est la guerre!

also warned about overpaying Simek (base on half of a season’s debut performance) and it has now hamstrung the cap strapped Sharks for multiple seasons now.

Last edited 1 day ago by david barnard
Kenneth Epley

Peng, SJS must 1) vastly tighten leaky defense. 2) Learn a method to score more. SJS for last 5 years offense has been awful. 3) Goaltending is still about 2 years away. Just stabilize the position so unlike the Jones era the team isn’t out of the game in the first 5 minutes after puck drop.

david barnard

Bonino in particular needs a better start and repeat of his back half of last season in the first half. 11 of his 16 goals came in the second half of the season.

the Sharks have some guys (Lindblom, Kunin, Bonino, and Labanc) who have put up 15 goals in the past, so i suppose it can be done. the question about their secondary scoring will be IF they can actually assemble a third line that gels enough to score 45-ish goals. the last time they did it was the Jumbo-Labanc-Sorensen line of 2018-19, where all 3 players scored 15+goals.

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