OH, TO BE KING
Sharks have had a lot of success against L.A., but not in crucial games
SAN JOSE SHARKS fans would probably never admit it, but there has to be a lot of envy when looking in the direction of the Los Angeles Kings, who are managed by a former Sharks GM, coached by a former Sharks bench boss and have won two Stanley Cups in three years. The Kings also excel at doing something not previously executed in San Jose: raising their game to a higher level in the post-season.
The L.A. model is everything the Sharks desire. This rivalry hurts even more because San Jose let a 3-0 series lead over the Kings slip away in the opening round last spring. And Kings fans will never let Sharks fans forget that. To better compete against big,
burly L.A., the Sharks added ruffian John Scott in the off-season. But he’s just a reserve pawn in a big game of chess that has many, many moving parts.
For the Sharks to make some noise in the playoffs, they know they’ll have to beat fierce state rivals Los Angeles and/or Anaheim.
The two teams meet Oct. 8, Dec. 27, Jan. 21, Feb. 21 and April 11.