San Jose Sharks: 20 Reasons This Team Is Destined to End Playoff Curse

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San Jose Sharks: 20 Reasons This Team Is Destined to End Playoff Curse
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San Jose Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi

The San Jose Sharks are celebrating their 20th anniversary season in the National Hockey League. The team has qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in 12 of those 20 years. Unfortunately for the fans who flock to the Shark Tank, their heroes have yet to win the Stanley Cup.

The club has won the Pacific Division five times in their history. The Sharks have one President's Trophy in the club's showcase and has finished in the top eight in the Western Conference 12 times during its 20 year existence. In those 12 playoff appearances, the Sharks have not made it out of the first round four times. They did not get past the second round six times and have played in the conference finals just twice, losing each time.

The Sharks have had the talent to go deeper in the playoffs and perhaps win a Stanley Cup or two, but due to a variety of reasons, fans are still waiting for a parade.

This season, the club has a good blend of veterans and youth, which has them leading the Pacific Division. San Jose is currently in a tie with the Detroit Red Wings for second place overall in the Western Conference. 

Here are 20 reasons why this could be the year the Sharks go from being perennial playoff flops to Stanley Cup Champions.

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