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Sharks Win In Overtime To Take Pacific Division Lead

The Sharks found themselves in the perfect position this afternoon. They were one point behind the Flames for the first spot in the division. As Saturday’s early slate of games got started the Sharks were the last one of the two to end at 7 PM(EST).

The Sharks took on the St. Louis Blues another team looking to gain some traction in the Central division and making a run for the playoffs. The Sharks and Blues have played two times before their final meeting of the regular season. The Blues took the first one 4-0, Sharks won the second one 4-0. But the last time these tow played was November 17th, 2018. Fast forward three and a half months. The Sharks were at 88 points heading into Saturdays game and ended up leaving with 90 points and the Pacific division.

The game started a little slow with no action in the first 10 minutes. Patrick Maroon of the Blues scored his 5th goal (power play). Five and a half minutes later the Sharks found themselves on the power play in which Timo Meier found his 25th of the season and tied the game all up at one. Moments to go (26.7 seconds) in the 1st period Meier scored his 2nd of the game and career high 26th goal of the season. Meier started the break out followed up by Logan Couture play in the neutral zone and after the Sharks gained offensive zone pressure and completed a cycle, Meier went to the net and found a perfectly placed puck on his stick sent by Couture to make the game 2-1.

With literal seconds to go in the 2nd period the Blues tied the game at two off a Brayden Schenn (13) power play goal. Schenn gathered the puck on the wall, drove the net and meant to pass the puck across the crease to Tyler Bozak but Sharks defenseman intercepted it but just left it there. In which Schenn picked it up and back handed it home for a 2-2 game.

In the third period the Sharks were clearly frustrated and not happy with the Blues 2 seconds to spare second period goal. The Sharks peppered Jake Allen with 15 shots in the 3rd period but Allen turned away all 15, stopping 30 of 33 shots in Saturday’s game. Both sides could not find the back of the net, the Blues only managed 4 shots in the third period and 19 all game.

The game went to 3 v 3 overtime. The Sharks re-gathered in the neutral zone, Hertl started with the puck, Kevin Labanc and Logan Couture swung to gather speed. Labanc went middle, Couture went wide, Lebanc dished it to Couture and drove the net for a pass back and the game-winning goal(12).

The power play was a huge key in this game as both teams converted on their power play chances and a major reason the game went to overtime. The Blues went 2/3 on the man advantage, the Sharks 1/2. The Blues won the face-off circle 60 percent to 40 percent, Blues out hit the Sharks 19 to 14, Blues had less giveaways 10 to 12 and more takeaways 14 to 12. But the Sharks dominated in shots 33 to 19 without Allen’s stellar third period it could have been a 5-2 game.

The Sharks now have control of first place in the Pacific division. With 12 games remaining the Sharks have a chance to avoid the former Stanley Cup appearing Golden Knights and play a weaker first round opponent. The Sharks have the Wild, Jets, Florida, Nashville, Vegas(2), Kings, Anaheim, Detroit, Chicago, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Colorado to finish the season. Based off their schedule they are at a great advantage here as long as they beat Vegas and Calgary when they play them in March they should remain in first place.

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NHL Trade Deadline Deals: Nyquist to SJS, Montour to Buffalo, Kinkaid to Columbus

To keep this short and concise due to the amount of trades that can happen. I will do a bigger over view after the deadline is over for now. Just the details.

Columbus made another trade this time for New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid.

Columbus received Keith Kinkaid and devils received a 2022 5th round pick.

The Sharks made a great deal for a premier passer, veteran and top-six forward. Gustav Nyquist was sent to San Jose for a 2nd and 3rd round pick.

The Sabres made a surprising deal that caught some of us off guard for Ducks young defenseman, Brandon Montour. Buffalo picked up Montour and Ducks received a 1st rounder (San Jose 1st round from Kane deal) and prospect Brandon Guhle.

Detroit Red Wings set steep price for Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard

We all saw this coming. The Red Wings were close to moving Howard last season but did not and almost, or at least entertained the idea of moving Howard early in the year but did not, obviously. The Red Wings have set a price for Jimmy Howard and Gustav Nyquist and it is a first round pick. The Red Wings want a first round pick for each player, to clear any confusion. I am not sure the Red Wings will get that unless they go as a package deal but if they split up I don’t think any team would be interested in giving a first round pick for Jimmy Howard.

Jimmy Howard has spent the last 13.5 years with Detroit, he has played in 494 games posting a 2.51 goals against and .915 save percentage. Nyquist has spent the last 7.5 years with Detroit playing in 468 games collecting 120 goals, 168 assists for 288 points (.62 points per game). Nyquist is definitely the bigger trade piece here as he has 29-years-old, a 0.62 point per game player, has playoff experience, can literally play with anyone it seems like and is also having a great year. Howard is 35-years-old nearing the end of his career and while he is having a decent year this year Howard at 35 is just not appealing to many teams.

The top suitors for Nyquist would be a contending team perhaps San Jose and Pittsburgh but I’ve also seen Edmonton, Buffalo, Anaheim on the list as well. These are some of the names I’ve seen be kicked around. Jimmy Howard I have not heard much news on him besides the confusion from fans about how he got picked for the All-Star game this year. Anyways the price is remaining high for these two and the Red Wings said they are going to keep the price high and hope someone bites closer to the deadline.

Discussing Erik Karlsson’s his time in San Jose so far, will he stay with the Sharks?

One of the most trickiest question heading out of this NHL season will feature Erik Karlsson and his future. Well, this same exact question mattered last year as well. Then he was finally traded to San Jose from Ottawa, but that might not be the end of whole saga.

Erik Karlsson has found his stride with the Sharks after early struggles, one would say. After being miserable in his first few games at the Bay, Karlsson is looking more like Karlsson again. In 37 games this year Swedish defenseman recorded two goals and 24 assists for 26 points including a 8-game point streak featuring 10 assists.

What about his future? Dan Rosen from nhl.com does not think Karlsson will be in San Jose at the beginning of the 2019-2020 NHL season. It is clear that the Sharks are all in this year. They were in the same situation last season, but after adding guy like Erik Karlsson, that´s definitely a huge kind of boost a team can get.

Tough time for Karlsson to focus on hockey

Whatever happens during current year, Erik Karlsson will be unrestricted free agent next July. If he does not resign with the Sharks, may the sweepstakes begin. And those one would be huge. Someone would surely overpay for such a brilliant defenseman. It is very important to see whether Karlsson will win the Stanley Cup or not next June. If he will, he can choose anybody who will offer him the largest amount of money. Otherwise he has to take Cup contenders in his considerations.

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After challenging summer with moving from Ottawa, probably another one is ahead for Erik Karlsson. The pressure mounted on him is momentarily enormous. A 28-years old guy from Landsbro in Sweden is a cool one to easily handle all of this. Two-time Norris Trophy winner is far away from adding his third award this season, but that might be the question for upcoming seasons.

San Jose on the other hand will try to keep him within their roster. Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Erik Karlsson, all of these important guys will become UFAs and many important young weapons like Timo Meier, who is having an outstanding campaign, or Kevin Labanc, will be RFAs pending extensions too. Is sure looks like Karlsson´s spell in San Jose will be just a short one. But hey, nothing is sure in this league.

Best NHL plays of Tuesday night; Sharks win over Nashville, Red Wings first two-goals, Oilers win over Montreal

This was a pretty exciting night, some upsets, some high scoring games and some games we all expected. This will be a new edition, and this does not mean “top plays” as in top goals, or passes it means the top plays as in what lead to the goal. I will break down about 3-4 games and highlight how that goal happened and the important aspect/teaching point. 

Game 1: Predators vs Sharks; 5-4 Sharks won. This was a crazy game from start to finish. The Sharks opened up with three first period goals and the Predators score 4 unanswered goals after that. The one play I will be highlighting is the fourth goal for the Predators and Sharks. The 4th goal for Nashville came off the stick of Rocco Grimaldi, all he did was outwork the defense man get inside position on him and bury his chance. Hard work, desire for the puck, is all you need to be successful. Fourth goal for San Jose came off the stick of Joe Pavelski but the play started with Joe Thornton taking a hit to make a play, Burns filling in, making a questionable pass, Sharks forward staying with the puck and instead of Pavelski going hard to the net he stays in the soft area in the high slot, bangs it home. 

Game 2: Canadiens vs Oilers; Oilers won 5-2. I am going to highlight two Oilers goals here and their first two, for one reason puck movement and simplicity. You probably here time and time again, do not force passes and use the perimeter, open the ice and get the defense man to open up and move. The Oilers did exactly that on their first goal. It started with a good fore check/terrible play by Canadiens defenseman. #91 for the Oilers came in hard forced a turnover, held it for a second, created space, Draisaitl popped behind the net, McDavid slid to the hash marks on the other side of the goal, Benning foot inside the blue in the middle of the ice, it was bang-bang, #91 to Draisaitl to McDavid to Benning for a goal. Simple, open the ice and create space. Goal #2 for the Oilers is my favorite, McDavid is so good at this, not forcing anything to the middle staying wide and creating offense that way. A lot of kids and players nowadays like to come down on a defenseman and go to the middle thinking they will beat him that way, all defenseman are programmed to push you wide and ride you into the boards, McDavid does exactly that, goes wide and uses his speed to blow by the hit. All young players out there, you have a slower defenseman on the ice, use your speed and go wide, just like McDavid’s play and the Oilers second goal. 

Game 3: Coyotes vs Red Wings: Red Wings won 5-1. This was a game the Coyotes probably expected to win. They have been playing pretty decent hockey this season, a lot better than years past but the Red Wings scored three quick goals and it was game from there. The Red Wings first two goals will be highlighted though. The Red Wings first goal is like a dream come true watching it, it was so slick and perfect. Pass from the defenseman to the forward swinging through the neutral zone, one touch pass to the supporting forward there with him, back to the forward with speed up ice and the Red Wings Anthony Mantha, used his speed, pushed the defenseman back, Frans Neilsen, forward two pushes the defenseman back to the goal, leaving Mantha on a 1 v 1 vs a forward, all he does is keep his feet moving, shooting off his stride cross the body of the goalie. Goal #2 is a coaches dream, Red Wings on the power play, puck gets moved from the right side to the left side, shot from the point Justin Abdelkader slides right in front of the net, takes the goalies eyes away and shot beats the goalie clean. Red Wings up 2-0. Watch up until 2:00 minutes to see the highlights. 

The Impact of Pacioretty to Vegas, Karlsson to San Jose

What has happened over the last few days in the hockey world, Erik Karlsson finally got traded, Max Pacioretty is out of Montreal, Oliver Ekman Larsson and Justin Williams were named captains, Henrik Zetterberg’s career is over. It has been a whirl wind of emotions for hockey fans lately. 

Patches lands in Vegas, flying high (literally)

First off the Pacioretty trade. Marc Bergevin has to be up to something to dismantle this Canadiens team. First Subban, now Pacioretty what is he up to? Anyways, the Canadiens received Tomas TatarNick Suzuki and a 2019 2nd round pick for Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty has now been enjoying his time in Vegas as he should, being that he has left that dumpster fire of a team in Montreal to join the former Western Conference champs and Stanley Cup contenders. The Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights with this trade now have Pacioretty paired with Paul Statsny and Alex Tuch, how can this not work out. How can Pacioretty not be happy? Look, he gets the pressure of the Montreal media off his back, he is not the center of attention in Vegas, the “C” is now more so he does not have that added pressure and he is a second liner… To close the case here take a look at some of the things Max Pacioretty has already been up to in Vegas since the trade… 

Let’s just say Pacioretty did not mind the move to Vegas too much it seems. But what does this do for the Golden Knights? Well they add a veteran 30-goal scorer and with this move Pacioretty may be due for 35+ this year, just saying. It adds some more fire power to an already electric Vegas offense, you have Marchessault, Smith, Karlsson on top of Pacioretty that is a solid mix to some scoring and play making forwards. Either way this puts Vegas right where they should be a top contender for the Western Conference again and inch closer to the Stanley Cup…

Karlsson is OUT of OTTAWA! 

Goodbye Ottawa and Eugene Melnyk, what a clown that owner is. First off the whole thing that went down over the summer with Hoffman and Karlsson and Melnyk barely said anything and all he did was get ripped off in a trade for Hoffman. Then the whole mid-year controversy between Karlsson and Melnyk where Karlsson did not even feel comfortable being around is own owner. Terrible. Anyways, he is out of another Atlantic dumpster fire and heading to a Pacific division team. What does this do for the Sharks, well. First the Sharks did not have to trade any core guys, they gave up two solid prospects and a few draft picks but to not really downgrade your roster a ton and a receive the best defenseman in the league is a win. The Sharks gave up Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Rudolfs Balcers, Josh Norris, 2019 2nd round pick, 2020 1st round pick, 2021 2nd round pick(turns into a first if San Jose gets to Stanley Cup this year). So the fact the Senators gave up their best defenseman and received just one defenseman in return is brutal. 

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Anyways, the impact this has on San Jose is immediate you have guys like Joe Thornton who have been around the game for a decade coming out and saying this is “f***ing incredible” for the Sharks. Now you have, Brent Burns a Norris trophy winner, Erik Karlsson and Marc Edouard Vlasic an unbelievable top three, to add in Brenden Dillon and Justin Braun. This blue line is loaded with all types of weapons, shut down d, offensive power, you name it this blue line has it. It also gives reassurance to Brent Burns and the Sharks forwards as well, Burns has been that puck moving guy on that back end for a while now anytime you get someone else who can do it helps out. Sharks forwards will be receiving break out passes galore with Burns, Vlasic and Karlsson coming their way. Not to mention a power play one consisting of Karlsson-Burns-Kane-Pavelski-Couture, my god… need we say more? It really make San Jose automatic Cup contenders and now battling for that pacific division with the other team on this article, Vegas. 

 

John Tavares contract news, Red Wings sign Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach, Kovalchuk WATCH, Craig Anderson out in Ottawa…

Yeah big headline, little text. Sue me. 

John Tavares is going to be staying in New York, per Mike Commodore it is rumored that Tavares and the Islanders are essentially all settled on a deal that could look like 8 years upwards of 10 mil. New York Islander fans your prayers have been answered, your lord and savior is staying!

Red Wings hire Bylsma as assistant coach 

Red Wings have signed Dan Bylsma as their assistant coach. Bylsma spent 6 seasons in Pittsburgh winning the Stanley Cup in his first year with the Penguins and going onto to lead the Penguins to a 2nd place finish or better every year with the club. After Pittsburgh and Blysma split in 2014, Bylsma went to Buffalo for a short two years where he combined for a 68-73-23 record. Bylsma won the Jack Adams in 2010-11. The Red Wings for sure added a great veteran and different mindset to their coaching staff now.

Kovy WATCH 

Ilya Kovalchuk will be meeting with the four finalists to sign him Friday, of those four teams they are the Bruins, Kings, Sharks and Golden Knights.

Anderson out in Ottawa? 

The Senators have come out and said they will be looking for trade partners to get rid of Craig Anderson, the 37-year-old goaltender had one of the worst years in his 16-year career. The only issue with Anderson is his 2 years and 4.75 AAV left on his contract. Not many teams will want to eat that or even half of that for a 37-year-old goaltender.