Five Reasons Why The San Jose Sharks Will Beat Detroit
Jimmy Howard's save percentage slipped to .919 in the playoffs from .924 regular season
while allowing 2.24 goals per game. Nabby, on the other hand, has been great in the
playoffs, with a .926 SV% and 1.76 GAA.
The Sharks had a hard time scoring on Anderson in the last series at times, but that is
only because the Avalanche were getting in front of every shot it seemed, and Anderson
was standing on his head. Goals will come much easier in this series for the Sharks.
In a battle between two teams that throw a lot of pucks on net, goaltending could very
well prove to be the deciding factor.
San Jose's second line accounted for 22 points, nine of the team's 19 goals, and three of
the four game winners against the Avalanche.
Clowe-one goal, seven assists
Setoguchi-two goals, four assists
Pavelski (beast)-five goals, three assists (and over 70% on faceoffs)
Our first line has struggled, with only Marleau netting a goal, but they can't stay quiet
Detroit has 11 Stanley Cups under their belts, but the Sharks? Zero. This is our year, and
the team is hungry.
A great example of that hunger is when Boyle messed up in game three and deflected the
game-winning goal in. He had that fire in his eyes in game four and scored just 72
seconds in. We have already faced some adversity in the first round, and overcame it. The
Sharks want it more than the Redwings. We are Mr. T to their Rocky Balboa in Rocky 3
(the first fight).
McLellan is a brilliant coach who knows the Red Wings system, having been their power
play coach as recent as 2007-2008. He has recognized that the first line is struggling, and
might switch them up like he did in game five by putting Heatley with Malhotra and
Couture. That proved to be a great decision, as we went on to win that game 5-0 with
Couture netting two goals.
The Sharks are well-rested, while Detroit is coming off a seven game series that ended on
Tuesday. The first game is crucial for the Sharks, and I believe we can outskate the
fatigued Wings and steal it. This series has seven games written all over it, so whoever
takes the first game is at a huge advantage to win the whole thing.