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The Chum Bucket - WCF Edition
Fishing for answers one point at a time
5/15/10 - By Mike Lee -

  • I don't think a break could have been any longer. Let's hope the Sharks didn't rust over during that six days off.

  • Vancouver seems so long ago. Canadian gold medalists now become mortal enemies.

  • Everyone keeps talking abut Dustin Byfuglien for some reason. Patrick Kane is the guy the Sharks need to contain. The less-than fleet-footed Sharks defense will have their hands full.

  • Kane has scored once every 5 shots in the playoffs. Don't let him shoot.

  • Speaking of Kane, remember to tip your cabbies well this week.

  • On paper, the Sharks 3rd and 4th lines blow Chicago's out of the water. Let's hope this series comes down to the 3rd and 4th lines.

  • It'll be interesting to see how Chicago netminder Antti Niemi deals with the Sharks offense, seeing that he's never played them before. Cristobal Huet was in net for Chicago for all four games between the two teams this season.

  • On the goaltender front, Evgeni Nabokov brings a different style than Pekka Rinne and Roberto Luongo, the two goalies that Chicago faced in rounds one and two. Nabokov isn't as tall as either of those two goaltenders. Does that mean more agility? Let's hope so.

  • Chicago's 16th ranked power play during the regular season, ranks 7th in the playoffs behind Philadelphia and 5 teams that are no longer in the hunt. San Jose ranks 10th, which is the lowest of the remaining four teams in the hunt for a Cup.

  • For those of you finally over the nightmare that was that 7-2 loss to the Hawks back in November, Chicago has scored three short-handed goals in the playoffs. San Jose has none during the 2nd season.

  • The Sharks have been providing no shortage of bulletin board material…for the Boston Bruins. When asked if he watched the Bruins game 7 loss on Friday night, former Bruins captain Joe Thornton gave the quote circulating the news wire. "Well, I turned it on about halfway in the first. It was 3-0. I thought, Oh, Game 2 is going to be at 6:00, not 7. Halfway in the second, I turned it back on, 3-3. I was like, Wow, poor guys. But who cares Right, who cares?

  • The absolute lamest title for an article on the Sharks this season: "San Jose seeking a Sharkshank Redemption" Thanks Vancouver Sun for that literary gem.

  • Dangerous stat of the day: Jonathan Toews has a nine-game playoff scoring streak.

  • I'm still a little stunned at Dan Rusanowsky's call that ended Game 5 of the Detroit series. "The Sharks have stuck a stake into the vampire that is the Detroit Red Wings!" Wow!

  • One of the Sharks upcoming opponents has had a lot on his mind during the playoffs. Read about Troy Brouwer's story here.

  • My prediction for the series? I don't make predictions any more...and I can't change them once their in writing!


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