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Ducks at Sharks: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

Ducks at Sharks: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports The NHL is sluggishly waking up from its All-Star coma in St. Louis — or elsewhere, as both the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks are also coming off their bye week, so everybody on the ice should have a nice tan, and no, I’m not at all extremely jealous watching their Instagram stories (yes, I absolutely am). The Ducks took a small two-game winning streak into their off-week, but have hovered in the basement of the standings all season. The Sharks have been no better, coming off a three-game losing streak, over the span of which they only managed to score...
Jan 27, 2020
Sharks to use individual goal songs — Here’s our wishlist:

Sharks to use individual goal songs — Here’s our wishlist:

Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports We’ll get a taste of the actual playlist tonight, but here are some songs that we think are fitting. In case you missed it, Tomas Hertl announced earlier this month that when the boys get back from the All-Star Break there will be a new feature at Sharks’ games. Instead of 2Unlimited’s “Get Ready for This,” the song that normally plays when the Sharks score a goal, the players will now pick their own goal songs. We don’t know what each player will choose, but the idea of making a guess was just too good to pass up. Some of these suggestions are...
Jan 27, 2020
Ducks at Sharks Preview: Fate cries fowl

Ducks at Sharks Preview: Fate cries fowl

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports Hockey returns to the SAP Center as the Anaheim Ducks come to town. Tonight, the San Jose Sharks (21-25-4, 6th in Pacific) kick off the unofficial second half of their season against an old rival: the Anaheim Ducks (19-24-5, 7th in Pacific). This will be their third meeting of the year, and the first at the SAP Center. The clubs split the first two games in Anaheim, with the Ducks earning a 3-1 win in October and the Sharks claiming victory in a 5-3 contest a month later. Following tonight’s game, they’ll meet a final time in San Jose, as the Sharks close...
Jan 25, 2020
2020 NHL All-Star Game: Rosters, gamethread, and where to watch

2020 NHL All-Star Game: Rosters, gamethread, and where to watch

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ We’re here for Hertl and that’s it. In case you missed it yesterday, let’s take a quick second to re-live the only reason we care about this league event: our sweet smiley boy Tomas Hertl, wearing a Justin Bieber mask during the Accuracy Shooting Challenge: We’re all so proud. Tonight, however, is the All-Star Game itself. Here’s what to expect, rosters, and how you can tune in. Come join us at puck drop to chat in the comments. Format Four teams of All-Stars, separated by division, will compete against each other in a two-round tournament. Each game...
Jan 23, 2020
Peng: My PHWA 2019-20 Midseason Awards Ballot

Peng: My PHWA 2019-20 Midseason Awards Ballot

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ For the third straight year, the Professional Hockey Writers Association has asked its members to vote on Midseason Awards. This continues the revival of a tradition from the 1950s and 1960s. The PHWA selects seven NHL awards: The Hart, Lady Byng, Calder, Norris, Conn Smythe, Masterton and Selke. For this special occasion, we also voted on things like Defensive Defenseman, Comeback Player of the Year and some year-end awards that we don’t participate in. This mid-season ballot is unofficial, but makes for fun talking points. The final results are available on the...
Jan 23, 2020
Bernie Nicholls on Sharks’ struggles

Bernie Nicholls on Sharks’ struggles

The San Jose Sharks might be done, but Bernie Nicholls still can’t believe it. “For them to not even be in the playoffs, it’s mind-boggling for everybody,” the 475-goal scorer, who ended his illustrious NHL career in San Jose, said. The math, of course, isn’t in the Sharks’ favor. At the All-Star break, they’re 11 points out of a postseason spot, with five teams to leapfrog. This is an unusual position for a franchise that’s usually planning its playoff push at this point of the season. In fact, just four San Jose postseason teams have been out of the playoff picture at the...
Jan 23, 2020
Deep Blue Sea: Sharks singing Bye Week Blues

Deep Blue Sea: Sharks singing Bye Week Blues

Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports Can we please get some happiness up in this business? Though the bye week is slowly and surely coming to an end, the Sharks’ misery certainly isn’t. As I pulled together today’s news and notes, I was overwhelmed by how many different ways different reporters and bloggers found to talk about exactly how bad the Sharks are this year. In case you forgot in the last few Sharks-hockey-free days, they’re real bad. Gonna miss playoffs bad, in fact. I hate stewing in bad news, though. So here’s a quick topic for today: the Sharks will be introducing...
Jan 21, 2020
Pacific Division Round Up: Familiar face lands in Vegas

Pacific Division Round Up: Familiar face lands in Vegas

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports We are just as confused as you are. I’m sure you’ve heard about this enough, but we have to address the elephant in the room: in a strange turn of events, the San Jose Sharks’ old friend Pete DeBoer has crossed enemy lines. After the Vegas Golden Knights’ coach Gerard Gallant was unexpectedly canned, his replacement came in the form of the former Sharks coach. It is a weird move and will definitely take some getting used to for both fan bases and teams. Here’s how the division is shaping up as we head into the All-Star break. Anaheim Ducks...
Jan 21, 2020
Deep Blue Sea: Go Niners

Deep Blue Sea: Go Niners

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports In this house, we love and support Jimmy GQ. It’s the bye week in San Jose, but the sports world certainly isn’t on hold. Whatever witch cursed the Bay Area to only have one good sports team at a time decided that this year the Sharks had to sacrifice themselves — but in exchange, the San Francisco 49ers are the NFC Champions and are heading to the Super Bowl. Our sister site over at Niners Nation is doing an incredible job covering the lead up to the Super Bowl, so go give them a read while the Sharks are on a break. Erik Karlsson and Timo Meier...
Jan 18, 2020
Sharks at Canucks: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

Sharks at Canucks: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ The only thing standing between us and the bye week is this stupid team from Vancouver. The San Jose Sharks are wrapping up the road trip in Vancouver, facing off against a Canucks squad who has taken advantage of a weak Pacific Division to tread water somewhere around a playoff spot for much of the season so far. Coming into tonight is the curious case of Marcus Sorensen, who will be a healthy scratch from the line up. In his stead is rookie Joachim Blichfeld, who will slot into the top line alongside soon-to-be All-Star Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane. On the other...
Jan 18, 2020
Sharks at Canucks Preview: Brock, flag, and Beagle

Sharks at Canucks Preview: Brock, flag, and Beagle

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports The Sharks look to right the ship against an old rival in Vancouver. Tonight, the San Jose Sharks (21-24-4, 6th in Pacific) head to Vancouver, hoping to steal two points against Elias Pettersson and the dynamic Canucks (26-18-4, 3rd in Pacific). This will be the third of five meetings on the season for the west coast rivals, and the first in Vancouver — they split victories at San Jose’s SAP Center in their two prior games. The Sharks come into tonight’s game looking to avoid the creation of a new losing streak, as they attempt to bounce back...
Jan 17, 2020
Is it time for Joe Thornton to have his Ray Bourque moment?

Is it time for Joe Thornton to have his Ray Bourque moment?

Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via As the Sharks plan to “re-tool,” should they consider the unthinkable? The San Jose Sharks’ postseason chances are looking slimmer by the day. After last night’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the team sits nine points behind the Edmonton Oilers, who occupy the second Wild Card position in the Western Conference. The loss of Captain Logan Couture has added to the hole they’ve been trying to dig themselves out of since October. Our very good friend, Erik Fowle, broke down the points rate for the Sharks to even have a chance to make the...
Jan 16, 2020
Sharks at Avalanche: Lines, gamethread, where to watch

Sharks at Avalanche: Lines, gamethread, where to watch

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ Let’s just try to have a normal one, right folks? Martin Jones is back in net as the San Jose Sharks play some mile-high hockey in Denver tonight against the Colorado Avalanche. The last time these two teams met was during the 2019 postseason, where the Sharks beat out the Avalanche to advance to the Western Conference Final, on the backs of refereeing that I’m sure we’ll hear absolutely nothing about. That said, both teams likely feel as though they have something to prove: for San Jose, the legitimacy of their win and that the team has found its...
Jan 16, 2020
Sharks favorite among hockey fans to miss 2020 playoffs

Sharks favorite among hockey fans to miss 2020 playoffs

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Don’t shoot the messenger, but the opinion around the league is that the San Jose Sharks will not make the postseason this year, which would mark just the seventh time that the franchise has not competed for Lord Stanley’s Cup. Now, when I say “around the league,” what I really mean is “among SB Nation readers who participate in the FanPulse survey” — which could be you, if it isn’t already and you’re into that sort of thing. When asked about the sixteen teams that made playoffs last year and which one would miss the...
Jan 16, 2020
Report: Sharks plan to ‘sell, reset’ in anticipation of next season

Report: Sharks plan to ‘sell, reset’ in anticipation of next season

We’d like to translate this conversation, but we don’t really speak Wookiee, so we’ll just have to assume this is a handshake and not Burns ripping Wilson’s arm off. | John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports Looks like another retool is coming our way. In an unsurprising development, reports emanating from league insiders suggest that in the wake of Logan Couture’s injury, General Manager Doug Wilson and the rest of the Sharks brass have decided to punt on the season and regroup for next year. However, Sharks fans shouldn’t bank on a full-blown rebuild; in fact, Pierre Lebrun of The...