San Jose Sharks: 10 Players That Need a Better Second Half

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San Jose Sharks: 10 Players That Need a Better Second Half
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The San Jose Sharks can't be too upset with their first half.

47 games in last year, the Sharks were 23-19-5. 47 games in this year, they are 27-14-6.

Last season, the Sharks did a complete 180 during their final 35 games, becoming one of the NHL's toughest teams to play in the second half. 

This year, such a turnaround won't be necessary. If the Sharks keep playing the way they have all season they will cruise into the playoffs and likely lock up a fifth straight Pacific Division title.

However, San Jose has bigger plans.

After being the second-best in the west two years running, this year's Sharks will be satisfied with nothing less than a Stanley Cup. In order to make it that far, San Jose needs three things: A high seed, continued excellence from first-half standouts and improvement from first-half underachievers.

Guys like Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic have gotten the Sharks into great position. Therefore, it is up to the following ten players to crank up their respective games this second half if San Jose is to make good on their potential.

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