NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks Aim for Stanley Cup

Florian WinklerContributor IMarch 28, 2008

With the season rapidly coming to an end, the San Jose Sharks look like serious Stanley Cup contenders, going 15-0-2 in their last 17 games.

The Sharks havent lost in regulation time since falling to New Jersey on Feb. 20. Incredible goaltending, goals from all lines, and strong defense has been the reason for the Sharks' late-season push to the top.

Evgeni Nabokov has really stepped up to the plate this year after San Jose traded Toskala to Toronto, posting an amazing 2.16 GAA and six shutouts. Nabokov has played a career high 74 games and will continue to play in net until the playoffs.

Newly signed backup goalie Brian Boucher has been sharp in all three games he played in, shutting out the Blues in his debut, and only allowing a goal in each of the other games. He has a GAA of 0.67 and a save percentage of 0.969.

San Jose's offence is very much centered around the all-star center, Joe Thornton, with his 26 goals and his league leading 65 assists. He is responsible for 44 percent of San Jose's goals.

The second-and-third-line scoring by San Jose will very much be a deciding factor in their playoff run. Other players who have scored as of late that are not on the top line include, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Devin Setoguchi, Curtis Brown, and Jeremy Roenick.

The San Jose Sharks aquired the 28-year old defenseman Brian Campbell on trade deadline day from Buffalo, adding real depth to the San Jose defense. San Jose went 13-0-2 with Campbell in the lineup and Campbell has two goals and an astonishing 12 assists in those 15 games. He is an incredible +7.

The Sharks have peaked at the right time to push their momentum into the playoffs, and with all the assests they possess, they have a very good chance of meeting Lord Stanley himself.