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POSTED ON Wednesday, 03.20.2013 / 5:19 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Jamie Breaks Down This Week's Topics

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.16.2013 / 12:48 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
Team Chemistry. It's what every hockey team looks for. I don't think anyone has the actual recipe and that's why teams tinker with lineups.

Drew and I were reminiscing on the flight home from St Louis about our 93/94 team. That team wasn't the biggest, fastest or most skilled but man did we battle, compete and play for each other, not to mention we got unreal goaltending from Arturs "The Wall" Irbe.

Drew was an assistant coach and a big part of that team. I was a 3rd line player and a big part of that team. And that's the thing, teams with character and chemistry get contributions from everyone and everyone buys in and knows their role.

We started that year 0-8-1. No one outside of the players and coaches thought we would do what we did by making the playoffs and upsetting the Red Wings.

The 2013 Sharks team is big, skilled and while they might not be the fastest team in the league they compete and are hard to play against. The coaching tandem of McLellan, Robinson, Johnson, Woodcroft and Heimlich is top notch.

Maybe this team has seen a pro-longed rough patch that will help them come together and develop a chemistry that leads to special things happening. I don't know but I am looking forward to watching how the second half of this truncated season plays out.

Drew and I can just cheer these guys on but we would both love to see this group get that special feeling - it doesn't happen often and its fun to reminisce about years later.

Go Sharks, BEAT LA!

Bakes
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.12.2013 / 12:51 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

Can you imagine the NFL season being 32 games in 68 days? That's the equivalent of this short season where teams are playing 48 intense, pressure filled games in 99 days.

Anyone who expects the players to be at their best for that many games in such a short time period with all the travel has never seen a game played at ice level --- or played in a short NHL season before. It's fast, it's physical and the bumps and bruises add up.

The Sharks have laid an egg twice this year - in Columbus and in Calgary, otherwise they have competed in every game. In Columbus they looked mentally unprepared to battle - it happens!. In Calgary they were working hard but they had no legs and couldn't get to the places their brains told them to go to, it happens! Playing the night before and traveling on game day is not an excuse, it's an explanation.

We are exactly at the halfway point of this truncated (love that word by the way) season. The Sharks are truly a half is glass full, glass is half empty team depending on how you want to analyze them.

Stingy defense with great goaltending or a team that can't score? The Sharks are currently in 7th place, 2 points out of 4th and 6 points away from 15th. The schedule gets even tougher the last month and a half and it will be a wild ride to the finish.

This short season sure beats the non-season in 2004/05. I can't wait to get the 2nd half of this season going and the opponent is perfect, the St. Louis Blues, the team who knocked the Sharks out of the playoffs last year.

Tonight should be a good game and then it's back to back with our SoCal rivals and the defending Stanley Cup Champions - what a great week for hockey.

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POSTED ON Friday, 03.08.2013 / 12:09 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
  • I like the new proposed re-alignment from the Sharks standpoint. In their division are 3 teams from Canada; Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. These cities are all hockey hotbeds and fun to visit, not to mention some good rivalries. Makes for a great road trip for any hockey fan looking to see Sharks hockey on the road.

  • The Sharks and Blues both have 26 points, with the Sharks having 1 game in hand. Makes for an awesome matchup on Saturday at 1pm at HP Pavilion. This will be an intense, physical game and I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Sharks respond after the loss in Calgary, not to mention these two teams meet again on Tuesday in St. Louis.

  • After the game the Sharks hit the road for Colorado where they play on Sunday and start a span of 7 games out of the next 8 on the road. We knew this tough schedule would be a grind and it is.

  • Hard to believe that we are almost as the halfway mark (24 games) for the season. Even more incredible is the fact Chicago has played 24 games, or half their season, and still has not lost in regulation.

  • Parity is great for the fans but the coaches are all scratching their heads trying to figure out how to get even the slightest edge to help them gain some ground in the standings.

Enjoy the games this weekend!

Bakes

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.04.2013 / 12:07 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

Maybe the reason the Sharks are struggling offensively is the team is in transition. I say that because this version of the Sharks has had a total team commitment to team defense. The goaltending has been great and pretty much every player is sacrificing in some way for the collective whole, from a defense first standpoint. Here are the facts:

Goals Against Per Game: 2.05 3rd NHL

Penalty Killing: 86.7% 4th NHL

Given up 2 or less goals in a game: 14x (8-2-4)

5-5 Goals Against: 25

Defense wins championships and this year the Sharks are playing as well defensively as I have seem in a long time. Remember the LA Kings struggled last year to score but built the foundation of team defense, solid PK and great goaltending during the regular season and their playoff ride was pretty decent to say the least.

Good test this week as the Sharks head to Canada to play back to back games against Vancouver and Calgary.

Eh!!!!!


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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.27.2013 / 12:14 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

The game just started, and the start was great
Havlat created the turnover, using his skate

Jumbo got the puck, he's like a big elf
He passes to Cooch, who scores top shelf

Niemi was stellar, as was the PK
The players were prepared, they worked hard all day

Burish and Sheppard, did great work down low
Galliardi was 1st star, and knew where to go

The home cooking was needed, it took away some stings
The 2 points are in the bank, now bring on the Wings

- A li'l poem from Bakes

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.22.2013 / 2:22 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Jamie Breaks Down This Week's Topics

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.22.2013 / 12:06 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

QUOTE
"We're either an efficient team that can be real effective, or we're inefficient and we lose games. So the next little bit will tell us what we really are." - Todd McLellan

FACT
The Blackhawks have beaten the Sharks twice this season, both in regulation.

FACT
The Blackhawks are the best team in the NHL with a record of 13-0-3 and can set the NHL record for the best start to a season if the Sharks don't win in regulation.

MEANING
This Blackhawks are motivated, and rested, because they too haven't played since Tuesday.

SO
Per McLellan's quote we'll get an idea of what the Sharks team is made of.

LOSE
And clearly the Hawks are a better team right now and there is much work to be done with time to do it.

WIN
You beat the top team in their rink when they were rested and motivated which makes a statement that the Sharks are a team to be reckoned with.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.18.2013 / 3:03 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Jamie Breaks Down This Week's Topics

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.18.2013 / 10:08 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

There are certain losses that sting more than others. Losing to Chicago on a Friday night at the Madhouse on Madison by a score of 4-1, in a game the captain fought the other team's captain, won the fight and drew 4 minutes of PP time that was squandered ... stings.

I thought frustration and a loss of confidence was evident for the first time this year. While the media plays on the 7 up, 7 down roller coaster the players have to focus on playing for each other and beat a Blues team that has also been inconsistent this year.

The media can talk about the losing the streak but the Sharks need to come together to beat the team that ousted them in the playoffs last year - the gritty tough St. Louis Blues. This is a great opportunity for the team to end the slump and regain their confidence.

And so it goes ...

Bakes

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HOME
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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