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s15 - Sharks Sim Week 6 (®)

2020-05-22

Another week into the regular season, and another week closer to the end of the year. The Sharks are largely looking forward to this offseason, and the ones to follow, as they are hoping to get through this rebuild rather quickly. At almost the quarter mark of the regular season, the Sharks find themselves sitting 5th in the Pacific division, and 9th in the Western Conference overall. With this being said, being outscored 66-49 through the first 19 games of the season, the pace isnt expected to hold, and management feels a fallout is coming, sooner rather than later. Leading the way so far for the Sharks is 2 dmen, Mike Rathje (5G 14A +2) and Andrei Zyuzin (4G 11A -6), while some of their forwards are starting to figure it out. Kyle Calder (6G 11A -2), Pavol Demitra (8G 6A even), and Jonathan Cheechoo (5G 7A even) have been helping carry the load. They are still getting solid goaltending from Patrick Lalime (12GP 6-4-0 2.84GAA .917Save%), but also getting solid goaltending despite a high GAA from their veteran backup (8GP 2-5-1 4.01GAA .902Save%). Heres a look at this past weeks games:

 

Canadiens (GD 37) - The Sharks travel to Montreal for the first time this season, to face off against the worst team in the league. Montreal is looking at being just 4-14 so far, and the Sharks really needed to take advantage here, which they did in squeezing out a 3-2 victory. The Sharks outshot the Habs 29-28, and got Goals from Rathje (3rd), Cheechoo (3rd), and Calder (6th). Rathje and Calder also added an assist each. Veteran Hrivnik was solid, stopping 26 of 28. The Sharks went 3-for-9 on the PP this game, while giving up 1for2 on the PK. 

Lightning (GD 38) - In the last game of their 3 game road trip, the Sharks head down to Tampa to square off against another struggling Eastern Conference team. Again, they take advantage of their opportunities, and come home riding a 2 game winning streak, after beating the Lighting 5-3. The Sharks this game were outshot 30-20. The Sharks got goals this game from: Rathje (4th), Modin (1st of season), Cheechoo (4th), and 2 from Demitra (7th,8th). Rathje also nabbed 3 assists to give himself 4 points on the night, and Demitra also added an assist for his 3rd point of the game, moving him up to 599 career points. Jim Hrivnik would stop 27 of 30 shots. The Sharks went 1-for-2 on the PP, and Killed off 6-of-7 on the PK. 

Wolves (GD 40) - Back home for one game after their road trip, the Sharks were ready to go. They come home, to yet another sold out crowd, on the heels of stringing two wins together, and Demitra on the verge of 600 career points, the building was buzzing. Demitra made the home fans wait just 3:32 into the game to set off probably the biggest celebration of the season, as he nets his 600th point assisting on Mike Rathje's PP goal. The Shakrs would get goals from Rathje (5th), Maltais (1st), Cheechoo (5th), Wilkie (6th). Demitra would add another assist later in the game, Rathje would add an assist, and Calder would add 2 assists. The Sharks went up 4-0 by the end of the 2nd, but it was all downhill from there, as the Wolves answered with 4 of their own in the 3rd period. The game would end in a 4-4 tie, with the Sharks outshooting the Wolves 37-36. Hrivnik would stop 32 of 36. The Sharks went 3-for-7 on the PP, missing on a PP chance in OT, and killed off 2 of 3 PK. The Sharks also would lose Cheechoo to a knee injury tonight, but they expect him to be day-to-day. 

Canucks (GD 42) - There is nothing positive to write of this game. Heading back on the road, after a string of solid games and one of the few bright points of the season. The Sharks roll into Vancouver to faceoff against one of the top teams in not just the Division, but the entire league, and are shutout by a whopping score of 9-0. The Sharks are also outshot 62-21. Jim Hrivnik stood on his head this game, but there was seemingly nothing he could do, as it was  almsot like the Canucks were playing 5 on 0 the entire game. The Canucks got production from all throughout their lineup, and went 4-for-9 on the PP against the Sharks. 

What lies in the week ahead: Sharks management has been taking a look at their depth, and future pieces in recent days, evaluating where they will be heading coming up on the offseason. That being said, it will be business as usual, as the Sharks have 3 games in the coming week. They return home to face off against the Kings, before heading back on the road for another contest against the Wolves and Admirals. The Sharks lost Hrivnik to exhaustion this last week, and will be looking to bring up a backup from Seattle. The Sharks also lose Cheechoo for a few games, but expect him to be back soon. These games are a time for the team to get back on track, and you can expect the Sharks to be extra hungry after their most recent blowout. 

 

WC: 891