The San Jose Sharks stop by Gila River Arena in Arizona for the last time this season as they take on the Arizona Coyotes. The Sharks have fared well so far in their last two meetings against the Desert Dogs, and are 2-0 in the season series.
The boys in teal are currently on a 2-game winning streak and will look to make it 3 in a row against the Desert Dogs. One thing I’m interested to watch for is the special teams battle. The Sharks, as a whole, have not done a good job killing penalties recently, and rank 23rd in the League on the PK. Arizona ranks 14th in the League on the PP. However, the Desert Dogs do lead the League in most short-handed goals given up. The Sharks have 5 short-handed goals this year, their most recent short-handed goal scored against the Washington Capitals. This is something they can definitely use to their advantage. However, on their own PP, the Sharks have given up 6 short-handed goals, most recently a victim by the Boston Bruins. That’s something they have to watch out for.
There’s no question that the Sharks are going to be making the playoffs this year. The only questions are where, in the top 3, will they finish and — of course — who will they face in the playoffs? San Jose is currently only one point behind the second-place Anaheim Ducks, and with a win tonight, will temporarily pass the Ducks for second place in the division.
The Arizona Coyotes are a different story. They know they’re not making the playoffs this year, as they currently have 67 points and are 17 points out of the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. This is a team that’s gotten younger and is still learning, with prospects going through some growing pains. We’ll just have to see how this team does in the future, but it does looks pretty promising for them.
Game time is 7:00 PM, and as always, you can watch the game on CSNCA with Randy Hahn (@sharkvoice) and Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13) calling the game, and it will be on the Sharks flagship radio station at 98.5 KFOX with Dan Rusanowsky (@DanRusanowsky) and, possibly, David Maley (@males8)
Of course, as always, you can find your postgame reactions with Erik Kuhre (@puckguy14), AJ Strong (@aj_strong), Chris (@chrisjws), Ian Reid (@IReidPucknology), Erik Landi (@eriklandi), and others on Pucknology After Dark! Please do like, subscribe, and promote as they would certainly love it!
That said, let’s drop the puck.