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Early-Season Sharks Factoids
10/27/13 - By Paul Krill -

Oh well. I was all set to write an "I told you so" blurb about Tomas Hertl, noting his recent scoring slump and how I said after his four-goal game against the Rangers that he would still have lots of point-less nights. So he goes and scores the first goal in Ottawa. Darn it.

* As of this juncture, .8 seconds has spelled the difference maker in the Sharks not having a point in each and every game. (They gave up a goal with that much time left in Boston, losing 2-1.)

* The Sharks are getting contributions from everybody - big-name players, not-so-big name players. From Logan Couture to James Sheppard to Tommy Wingels, everybody's contributing. Injuries to key players, including Raffi Torres, Dan Boyle and Brent Burns, have not kept the Sharks out of the win column. Lots of depth on this squad.

* We have to like how the Sharks just shut down the Canadiens at the end of this past Saturday's game, preventing the Habs from getting goalie Carey Price off the ice for an extra skater. Very impressive.

* Speculation has Marc-Edouard Vlasic being a strong contender for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team. While this would be a great achievement for him, I still get nervous when its Shark vs. Shark in the Olympics, with players scattered on different countries' teams. I'd hate to see an injury-causing, on--ice collision between Sharks playing on opposing Olympic teams.

* Nice to see goalie Alex Stalock go the distance against Ottawa and earn a win. I remember his first NHL appearance, on the night of Patrick Marleau's 1,000th-game celebration a couple seasons ago. Stalock was not expected to play that night but did anyway, playing in relief, and the Sharks won. Then he went back to the minors and suffered that awful nerve injury that could have ended his career. But here he is now, with a spot as Antti Niemi's backup.

* The Sharks have done a good job beating up on Vancouver, Calgary and a bunch of Eastern Conference teams (except the Bruins). How will they fare against the Blackhawks, Penguins, Ducks, Avalanche and others? We'll find out soon enough.

* As we watch the Sharks rack up the wins, we can only be patient. The season has a long, long, long way to go. Right now, this Sharks team looks just about unbeatable. But let's see what the team looks like in April, when the playoffs begin anew. A mere five-plus months away. We've had our hopes up before only to see seasons end in disappointment. Maybe this year will finally, at long last, be different.

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