Randy's Thought of the Day - 10/30/2013

Wednesday, 10.30.2013 / 8:32 AM PT
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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It’s finally here. Tonight the Sharks face the Los Angeles Kings. Is it rivalry night on the west coast? You bet it is. Debate all you want but the Sharks top rival is LA and the Kings top rival is San Jose.

A dozen games into the season the Sharks sit atop the Pacific Division with 21 points. The Kings are 5 points back in fourth place. It’s too early to try and figure out what the landscape will look like in April but the early returns for both teams are good.

They might have looked a little flat last night in a 3-1 loss in Phoenix but the Kings have a good team again. They’re only 16 months removed from winning the Stanley Cup and last season got to the Western Conference Final for a second straight season. And oh yes, the Kings are the team that knocked the Sharks out of the playoffs last spring.

If you think that fact is lost on the Sharks players who skated off the ice at Staples Center following a 2-1 loss on May 28th you would be incorrect. Who knows if both the Sharks and Kings will make the playoffs this season? Who knows if they’ll meet again if they do both qualify? But if you are a Sharks player, coach or member of management you went into the past off-season thinking about what it would take to get past the Kings, didn’t you? How do you beat LA in a 7 game series? How do you win on LA ice, something the Sharks failed to do in last seasons second round series.

Those questions can’t be answered until a future playoff meeting, but the message sending starts tonight. The Sharks want to show that their early season improvement is for real. The Kings want to maintain the upper hand on their northern rivals.

It’s the biggest game of the season, so far. The Sharks want to beat LA.



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STANDINGS

PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
2 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
3 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
4 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
5 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
6 CGY 50 22 25 3 130 147 47
7 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 50 25 26 19 51
B. Burns 50 18 26 -10 44
J. Thornton 50 10 32 18 42
P. Marleau 50 15 17 -13 32
J. Ward 48 15 16 -7 31
M. Vlasic 47 7 20 13 27
T. Hertl 49 10 16 6 26
J. Donskoi 45 8 15 0 23
J. Braun 48 1 17 12 18
C. Tierney 48 6 10 -7 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Jones 24 14 3 .915 2.37
A. Stalock 3 5 1 .894 2.76
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