San Jose Sharks: Is It Safe To Peak?

Stamati HoriatesCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2008

Three seasons ago, it was a loss to Calgary in game six of the Western Conference Finals.

In the next season, the Sharks were the highest remaining seed in the Western Conference before the eighth seeded Oilers came out of nowhere to eliminate everyone en route to a Stanley Cup bid.  

Last year, it was at the hands of Detroit.

Now, currently in the midst of a 16-game point streak, could this finally be the year of the Shark?

With young leaders and highly skilled talents on the team like Joe Thornton, Jonathon Cheechoo, and Patrick Marleau, it seems this San Jose team is in prime position to contend for that ever so elusive championship it has been searching for. 

The addition of Brian Campbell on defense and the tough but lovable Jeremy Roenick help make this a well rounded and unique bunch.

Evgeni Nabokov, with six shutouts and 43 wins (tops in the league), is enjoying his finest season ever, somehow managing to keep his GAA a meager 2.16.

The San Jose Sharks as a unit have been excelling through their deep mix of young stars and veteran leadership.  The defense is stout, the offense electric, and the goaltending at times has been downright impenetrable.

However, as many coaches say, in sports it is never about the team that plays its best during the season.  The only way to win a championship is for a team to save its best for the playoff run. 

So, to answer the question: Will this be the year of the Shark?

Please, let them know I said it is now safe to peak.