And so it begins...
Unfortunately, with the beginning of a new season comes season predictions. Every year, hockey experts look at the teams, and after many many hours trying to figure out who goes where and who will win, they throw all the names into an empty Taco Bell cup and just pick them at random. Usually, the teams that are picked to win are the teamst that have the least success, and this year, it is apparently the Sharks turn.
4 of 7 Canadian Press writers, ESPN, Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Larry, the mascot at the local high school, and everyone's favorite talking mullet, Barry Melrose, picked the boys in teal to raise the Cup next June. A few times before we've seen this story, and unfortunately, every time that happens, the Sharks cannot live up to expectations, and the predictions go down as jinxes.
This year, there is no doubt that the Sharks have the talent to get the job done, but that has never really been the issue. Each of the past couple years eliminations have been difficult to swallow as each year the Sharks had a series lead, only to relinquish it to a squad that was better prepared mentally, and just a whole lot hungrier. With the bitter defeat at the hands of the Wings still fresh in their mouths, 07/08 is being seen as the Sharks year. Now they just gotta go realize their dream, and fulfill their destiny. And make Barry Melrose look like a jeanyuss (he's already on a two year winning streak).
GO SHARKS ('ello 'ockey)
The Sharks wrap up preseason tomorrow night when the Flames come to town (7:30pm). The teams played to a shootout last Tuesday in Calgary, with the Flames coming out on top. As both teams are playing their final preseason game, expect a lot of familiar faces ready and raring to go for the regular season.