The Silver Bullet

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San Jose Sharks: Magic Number Countdown (45, 56)

The San Jose Sharks came out of the break in the same fashion they went in… winning. San Jose has rolled off five in a row and are looking to keep adding to that point total. Evgeni Nabokov is silencing the critics (and those who left him out of the all-star game), with a franchise-record shutout streak.

The Sharks are still on pace to break history in the NHL. Let’s look at the numbers right now.

Pacific Division: 45 points over the Dallas Stars.

This may seem weird considering the Stars are two points out of the top spot in the division, but they have 3 or 4 games in hand on Anaheim and Phoenix. This gives them an edge in division play. It doesn’t appear any team will contend with the Sharks for their second consecutive division crown. They maintain a 24 point lead over the second place teams. The Sharks need to win 23 of their 35 games to clinch the Pacific Division.

Playoff Magic Number: 41 points.

NHL HISTORY: The pursuit of 132:    56 points.

The Sharks have made a strong case for their push towards history, although Boston is still nipping at the heels. The Sharks do hold 2 games in hand over the Bruins who trail by just one point in the chase for the Presidents cup. San Jose has stormed out to an eight point lead in the conference over Detroit.

The Sharks need to win 28 of their remaining 35 games to break history.

-dan.

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January 31, 2009 - Posted by | danharris, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Sports, thesilverbullet

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