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San Jose Sharks: Magic Number Countdown (57, 63)

A dominating win for San Jose last night, a 7-1 final against the lowly Tampa Bay Lightning. The Sharks now have 69 points on the season, a total they didn’t reach until Feb 9th last season. Almost a month a head of last years 108 total point total. The Sharks may be looking ahead at the next three games at the tank, a stretch of games that will take Team teal to the all-star break.

First, Calgary visiting HP pavilion on Thursday. the Flames will enter the tank 3rd in the Western Conference, with a steady lead in the Northwest Division. The Sharks will be looking to avenge 5-2 loss in Alberta last week .

Then, Detroit comes to San Jose boasting the league’s third best record. The Sharks got embarrassed the last time they stopped in Detroit. The Red Wings slaughtered the NHL’s best team 6-0.

The final game against Vancouver next week doesn’t pose as much of a problem as the previous two, but there’s a good chance, The Sharks will need the two days off after Detroit to recoup, and Vancouver will be looking to get even after a 4-2 loss in British Columbia last Saturday.

Pacific Division: 57 points over Anaheim

The countdown continues to the Pacific Division Crown. With last night’s win over Tampa Bay, The Sharks now have a 20 point lead over second place Anaheim. The Sharks currently hold two games in hand as well.  Phoenix trails Anaheim by two points in the Pacific division.

The Sharks magic number to clinch a Western Conference Playoff spot is 56 points.

NHL HISTORY: 63 points

The Sharks pursuit of the NHL’s all-time best record in a season now sits at 69 points, 63 shy of the 76-77 Montreal Canadiens. San Jose currently sits still just one point above Boston in the Overall league standings and the elusive president’s trophy. The Sharks now need to win 32 games in 40 remaining tries to break a 32-year old record.

The San Jose Sharks will have their hands full this week with Calgary, Detroit and Vancouver, but will look to make it to the break still lossless in regulation this season.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet | Leave a comment