The San Jose Sharks are the Bay’s hockey team, but they are not always paid attention to. Even though this season is not the most successful season the team has ever had, they currently sit in a playoff spot and are hoping to make it to the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons.
Even though they are going through a difficult stretch, veteran center Joe Thornton being out for the time being, and starter Martin Jones also missing some time, they have some young forwards like Tomas Hertl, Chris Tierney, Timo Meier, and Kevin Labanc picking up some of the slack from the forwards that are missing.
The Sharks have not been the high powered offense team that they used to be, losing some of their top goal scorers over the years including franchise forward Patrick Marleau to free agency. However, the Sharks have cracked down on their defense allowing the tenth least goals per game at 2.73 and have the fifth best penalty kill in the league at 83.4 percent.
And with the 2019 NHL All Star Game being hosted in San Jose, there is going to be an event hosting the NHL’s best here in January.
Many people have not been paying attention to the Sharks every though each year they have been a good team. One reason is because not many people know hockey. San Jose is not the most traditional hockey city, and it not like the bigger hockey cities like Montreal, Toronto, Boston, or Detroit.
Another reason is the Golden State Warriors. When looking at the Warriors lineup with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson; it is easy to see how many teams, not just the Sharks can be overshadowed by the high power force that is the Warriors.
No matter the reason why the Sharks are overshadowed, this might be the time to pay attention to them. Over the past month they have been scoring a lot scoring more goals than anyone in the NHL since Jan. 1 at 39 goals.
So just a thought, but if someone offers you to go to a Sharks game, take them up on that offer. I promise it will be a lot of fun, even if you don’t understand hockey.