San Jose Sharks Host The Arizona Coyotes
The San Jose Sharks will look to even up their season series with the Arizona Coyotes when they face off in a one-night home-stand before they return to the road for their final eastern road swing of the season. The Coyotes have dealt the Sharks defeats in two of their three meetings this season, in fact, five of their meager 38 points have come against the Sharks this year. The Coyotes season started with the youth movement in full effect but Dylan Strome just was not ready for prime time and Max Domi channeled his father’s game one too many times injuring himself in a fight helping to derail what some thought was going to be a promising season. (Sorry @hockey_jerk). With the season going as far off the rails as it has the Coyotes have been mired in trade rumors for players like Radim Vrbata, Martin Hanzal and even Shane Doan who has only known the Jets/Coyotes franchise. Also, because when it rains it pours the Coyotes also had their deal to build a new arena with Arizona State University scuttled putting their future in the Phoenix area back in jeopardy. There just isn’t much to be excited about right now as a Coyotes fan.
For the Sharks, it’s the complete opposite hoping to ride a soft February schedule to pad their division lead over the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers. The team is the healthiest it’s been in months with Dylan DeMelo and Joonas Donskoi making up the injured player list. To top it off the Sharks saw Patrick Marleau score his 500th career goal in Vancouver which could potentially make for a very interesting offseason in San Jose. The enemy for the Sharks in this game is going to be complacency, they cannot take this team that has beaten them twice and lost in overtime lightly or the Coyotes will extract a few more and arguably too many points from the Sharks this season. In unrelated news today is the first day goaltenders will be mandated to wear the new skinner pants by the league.
|San Jose Sharks||Arizona Coyotes||Advantage|
|33-17-2, 68 pts.||Record||16-28-6, 38 pts.|
|1st. Pacific||Div. Standing||7th. Pacific|
|8-2-0||Last 10 Games||4-6-0||Sharks|