Now seems like an odd time to write an article about why Sharks fans should be optimistic about the upcoming playoffs.
The Sharks are coming off their worst loss of the season to a division rival who stands to miss the playoffs, and are in the throes of a three-game losing skid which saw them miss an opportunity to sweep the Anaheim Ducks and exact a small measure of revenge for their playoff embarrassment last year.
Still, the last time this team got embarrassed like they did in Dallas, they rebounded to win three in a row. They also have not lost three in a row in regulation all year, so odds seem in favor of a turnaround before the playoffs.
It can’t get any worse than last night and the drubbing could be just the wake-up call this veteran team needs.
Despite their recent struggles and highly publicized “inconsistency”, the Sharks have shown several signs overall this season that this squad is different than teams in years past. Can this mean this could be “the year”? Might long-suffering San Jose hockey fans see their beloved teal-clad team finally reach the zenith they have longed for?
Only time will tell, but here are three reasons to be optimistic: