On behalf of the staff of Pucknology, we hope you had a great holiday. We now rejoin Sharks hockey already in progress.
Team Teal comes back home off a successful 3-1-1 road trip, and with 28 points on the road, they are hands down the best road team in the league. However, they go to the place that has haunted them all year long… SAP Center at San Jose. Yes. The feared Shark Tank, is longer a feeding frenzy. The Sharks are now guppies in their home rink. Even the AHL Barracuda have more victories at the Shark Tank than the Sharks do. The four wins on home ice, the worst in the league. In fact, San Jose has yet to win back to back home games all season.
They begin the next two weeks in teal with the return of Joel Ward. Probably one of Doug Wilson’s best free agent moves, Ward has been the spark plug on the second line, when young, up-and-comers have struggled.
Expecting Martin Jones to start tonight against Colorado with this lineup I front of him:
Zubrus – Thornton – Ward
Nieto – Marleau – Ward
Donskoi – Tierney – Wingels
Karlsson – Hertl – Brown
Vlasic – Braun
Burns – Martin
Dillon – DeMelo
As for Colorado, sitting at 17-17-2, 36 points (the same with San Jose) with an extra regulation / overtime win, but have played two more games than the Sharks. The Avalanche sit just four points out of a Wild Card spot in a crazy competitive Central Division.
They come to Teal Town losing last night to Arizona, on the verge of history. Shark killer and longtime Calgary Flame, Jerome Iginla sits a goal away from 600 in his career.