A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens about London and Paris set during the time of the French Revolution. It followed those two cities and what they went through during those tough times, and the very same story could really apply to San Jose and Washington.
The upcoming game versus the Washington Capitals is in many ways like looking in the mirror for the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks have won six of their last seven and have put together a streak in the middle of a brutal road trip. Their play has shot them up the standings from 11th to 5th in the Western Conference, where parity is truly a fickle thing. With a 28-19-6 record good for 62 points, the Sharks are back in the thick of things and gaining momentum.
The Sharks blanked the Bruins for their sixth win, having dispatched their second Vezina candidate in as many games. The Sharks know all too well that team fortunes can change on a weekly basis in the crazy Western Conference this year. Their special teams, 5 on 5 play, and defense have been powering their game and they know they have to keep the pressure on.
The Capitals have won their second straight with a bold win over their rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals are also 5th in the standings with a 29-15-10 record good for 68 points.
The Sharks and Capitals are both gaining some traction after struggling through the first half of the season. And the two teams have been playing well enough to spring new hope to their perspective fanbases.
With the age old adage of rest vs rust in mind, these two teams are getting hot at the right time something that they’ve not always been known for. Whether coming into the playoffs rested, or hitting your stride is the winning recipe, we’ll know a lot more about both teams after Tuesday.