The Sharks are known for entering the playoffs as a top seed but bowing under the pressure of expectations.
This time around, the Sharks scrapped for a playoff spot and go into the postseason with a different mentality. But one team in this series still has those expectations.
Though the Blues were a surprise team this season, they wound up battling for the Presidents' Trophy until their final game. Now they will battle for their playoff lives against the Sharks, and this time, they will be the high seed to exit early.
Anchored by captain center Joe Thornton, the Sharks will skate away from the Blues with a series victory in seven games.