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  • SharkCircle 12:17 am on April 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2015 nhl playoff predictions, NHL playoff preview, NHL playoffs,   

    2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Preview and Predictions 

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  • SharkCircle 10:37 am on June 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Chicago Blackhawks size, , , NHL playoffs, Patrice Bergeron, Patrick Kane criticism, Stanley Cup Finals   

    The Truth About Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and the Chicago Blackhawks roster-makeup 

    Over the course of this season, whenever the Chicago Blackhawks have stumbled, I have seen many Blackhawks fans blame Patrick Kane, some even floating the idea that maybe the team needs to move on without him in the future. Never was this sentiment more evident among Blackhawks fans than when their team fell behind three games to one against the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semi-finals. Blame turned to adulation, however, when the Blackhawks came back to beat the Red Wings in seven games, and then took out the Los Angeles Kings in five in the Conference Fninals on the back of Kane’s overtime-winning hat trick goal in the final game.

    But now that the Blackhawks have fallen behind to the Boston Bruins after three games of the Stanley Cup Final, criticism is once again being aimed at Patrick Kane, and this time Jonathan “one-goal-in-twenty-games” Toews is drawing a fair share of the fans’ ire too. So this is a long comment I started writing to one of the Chicago Blackhawks bloggers who has been echoing these same sentiments of many Blackhawks fans, but instead I’ve decided to post it here on Shark Circle.

    Here’s my opinion on the play of Kane of Toews and the criticism being aimed at them. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

    • Cpk 9:00 am on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Wow this was a terrible piece! What a fucking moron writer


    • Paul 6:27 am on May 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      CPK is the “fucking moron”. This is a solid piece of writing that has provided some food for thought. I’m reading it about two years too late, but most of it is still relevant to me. I’m a Hawks’ fan, btw. This year’s Bruins are the even more talented Ducks. The Western Conference Finals are tied 1-1 as I write this. The teams are evenly matched, but the thinness on defense for the Hawks, primarily due to the injury to Roszival and the foolish decision to not keep Leddy, probably gives the Ducks a slight edge. The will to win and the Hawks’ experience counterbalances that making this series a hard one to call, therefore I will remain mum. I could do the typical thing and make a prediction based on what I WANT to happen, but that would be little more than wishful thinking.


  • SharkCircle 3:19 pm on May 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Chicago Blackhawks analysis, Chicago Blackhawks news, Hossa, Hossa playoffs, , Marian Hossa long stick, Marian Hossa Playoff Struggles, Marian Hossa stick, Marian Hossa stick length, Marian Hossa's stick, , NHL playoffs, , Stanley Cup, Toews   

    A Look At Why Marian Hossa Struggles In The Playoffs 

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    When Raffi Torres’ brutal hit in game-three of the western conference quarter finals knocked Marian Hossa out for the rest of the series, there is no question the Chicago Blackhawks missed his speed and defensive strength on the way to being eliminated in six games. However, when it comes to creating offense and scoring goals, let’s face it, Hossa was not doing much before the hit, either.

    In fact, few players have seen their production fall as much in the playoffs in recent years as Hossa has. It might surprise you that since joining the Blackhawks in 2009, Hossa has scored only 5 goals in 33 playoff games, good for a 12-goal pace over a full 82 game regular season. That would be mediocre production for a third-liner, let alone someone like Hossa who gets top power-play time. Even Hossa’s 6 goals in 23 games in 2008-2009 with the Red Wings were relatively poor.

    The question is why has Hossa struggled to produce in the playoffs? CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 7:45 pm on April 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , NHL Dirty hits, NHL playoffs, , NHL Playoffs thoughts, NHL random thoughts, ,   

    NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Impressions, Round One 

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    It’s been a crazy first round of Stanley Cup Playoffs action. Here I will offer some thoughts on the events that have stuck out the most to me.

    Is winning everything? The players seem to think so. As a Sharks fan, I have seen more diving and embellishing to draw penalties over the past few seasons than any hockey fan on the planet, or for that matter, soccer fan. It made me lose some respect for my team because I saw it happening night after night to gain an advantage and win important games, while almost all their opponents simply refused to stoop to their level.

    Even in the playoffs, when it may have cost the Detroit Red Wings their series against the Sharks in 2009-2010, Lidstrom, Datsyuk and company refused to stoop, refused to start diving back and evening out the huge power-play disparity. In the end, the Wings predictably lost the series, but succeeded in gaining my respect, while the Sharks lost some of it, but won the series, a tradeoff they seemed more than happy with. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 8:15 pm on April 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: NHL playoffs, , , Predators Red Wings playoff preview, San Jose Sharks playoff predictions, western conference playoffs analysis, Western Conference Playoffs predictions   

    NHL Playoffs Western Conference Predictions: First Round 

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    (1)Vancouver Canucks vs. (8)Los Angeles Kings. Vancouver Canucks win in six games.

    The LA Kings’ unique forward mix of cerebral two-way stalwarts, physical power-forwards, and skilled playmakers will cause the Canucks some problems on the forecheck, possibly out-possessing the Canucks for stretches over the series, but in the end, the Canucks superior ability to turn their possession into actual goals will win out. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 6:33 pm on April 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eastern Conference predictions, Flyers Penguins Predictions, , NHL playoffs, Penguins Flyers analysis, playoffs predictions,   

    NHL Playoffs Eastern Conferences First Round Predictions 

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    (1)New York Rangers vs. (8)Ottawa Senators. New York Rangers win in six games.

    Although I like the Ottawa Senators attack and team-speed throughout their lineup, I think the Rangers are deeper at every position, more physical, and better defensively. It’s not like the Senators have no chance here, but I have to go with the more complete team in this one. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 12:35 am on April 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , NHL playoffs, Playoff Matchups, , ,   

    Sizing Up The San Jose Sharks Potential Playoff Opponents: Vancouver Canucks 

    With the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche losing last night, the San Jose Sharks clinched a berth in the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The only question that remains now us whether the Sharks will win their division and clinch home-ice advantage in the first round, and who they will play.

    There are four possibilities at this point: the Vancouver Canucks, St Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings, and Chicago Blackhawks. Let’s take a look at what each of these match-ups could mean for the Sharks.


    When the Canucks are healthy and running on all cylinders, they are the most complete team in the Western Conference. The past two seasons they have the best record against the Sharks of any team in the Western Conference, regular season and/or playoffs. They are the fastest team top to bottom in the Western Conference, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, but unlike the Blackhawks, their speed does not come at the expense of size, grit, or defensive structure. While the Sharks are still a bigger team than the Canucks, the difference is not as drastic, and their size advantage has not been great enough the past two seasons to make up for all the Canucks’ advantages. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

  • SharkCircle 8:23 pm on March 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    What To Make Of These San Jose Sharks? 

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    In recent years, the San Jose Sharks have been one of the hardest teams in hockey to figure out and pin down. At times when you watch them play, they somehow appear to be both underachieving and overachieving at the same time. Many fans and hockey pundits alike are still trying to figure out which it is. Truth be told, it’s probably both. That doesn’t make sense, you say? Welcome to Sharks hockey. It’s just hard to know what to make of the Sharks, which leads to the same questions every year. How good are these Sharks, really? How should we feel about them? CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST

    • Inverse fandom 5:43 pm on March 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I like your liberal use of paragraphs, LOL. Seriously you have a great blog with stacks of facts, figures and figurin. Yes Captain Crosscheck here, and I would like to continue the discourse we began a few weeks ago. You obviously watch a ton of hockey, are knowledgeable and prolific. As a fan since the beginning I feel I’m qualified to say that they don’t have what it takes to win this year. I am NOT a basher, just pragmatic. I write what I see and with the parity in our division we don’t have the extra oomph to win the division or if we get in as a seven or eight we go nowhere. Blind loyalty is nice but doesn’t work for me. After watching the NO POINT roadtrip I can see the flaws even better. We got outworked against Phoenix after the first and seemed to give up and pout for the rest of the game. Against the Ducks, Hiller was in our heads circa 2009. How do we fix this talented but flawed team? I await your learned response…


      • SharkCircle 4:16 am on April 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, sorry it took awhile to respond to your comment. Captain Crosscheck? Have you commented here before or are you from twitter? I’ve been tweeting with a lot of people and I don’t always look at the name, I just hit reply, so that’s probably just why I’m blanking on it.

        Haha yeah, I know the blogs go long sometimes. It’s just my style of, not necessarily writing, but when it comes to hockey, I just think about it in a way where every idea I’m talking about usually has “sub-ideas” attached to it, and I’m talking about a lot of related ideas all at once. So it’s difficult to write about ideas like that in clean, simple paragraphs when the ideas aren’t simple. I’m trying to look at things from all angles and give readers a full-pictured analysis, and sometimes that means long blogs. I believe the people reading my site are more hardcore hockey fans who want that type of thing than casual fans, although I welcome everybody and try to explain things for everyone.

        As for your opinion, I agree to the extent that the Sharks are not the best team in the NHL, or their conference, or really even second best. I think if they play fair games against some of these teams, they will lose. But if it’s like the Detroit series two years ago, where the Sharks got like fifty powerplays per game, they have a good enough powerplay that if the referees decide to win the game for them, it will work more often than not.

        I just never count out the Sharks anymore because they’re such a weird team. Clearly they’re not the best team at this whole “playing hockey” thing, but there are these games where they are winning every single faceoff, getting every single powerplay, and just sort of manipulating the game, if you know what I mean, to tilt the outcome in their favor. And if I were a Canucks fan or Blues fan or Blackhawks fan or Red Wings fan, whoever the Sharks are about to play here, that’s what would worry me the most about this team. What if they dive a lot, and the referees allow them and reward them? What if they draw all the powerplays? What if they win 65% of the faceoffs for the series? These are huge advantages that can allow even an inferior team to win the series.


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