The San Jose Sharks are again highly ranked as they vie for a first trip to win Lord Stanley's Cup.
Can the Sharks proceed through the preliminary rounds to advance to a Finals, something they've never accomplished?
Their No. 1 line has been touted for numerous campaigns.
Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley have huge career numbers. They are proven veterans.
What is different?
How about the second, third even fourth line.
Who can argue with the prowess that has been exhibited by recent acquisitions Kyle Wellwood, Ben "More Than" Eager and Ian White, a blueliner.
Ryan Clowe has been outstanding chipping in with plenty of helpers and an occasional straight left.
Logan Couture is a garbageman, not unlike a great past scorer, Phil Esposito.
Benn Ferriero has shown some scoring punch when not being "Ferried" between Worcester and the parent club.
The great Pavelski has been steady and consistent.
Antti Niemi is a "Niemisis" to anyone who dares approach his crease.
Is it a "Sharktank Redemption?"
Can this edition of the Sharks finally visit a special realm?
In the Bay Area, fans are accustomed to franchise mediocrity. There should be few complaints regarding this team. It's G.M., Doug Wilson and company that have been brilliant in their acquisitions and draft choices.
I just wonder if the balmy weather of San Jose is in opposition to a true hockey home, or even the Sharks' original venue, the fog enshrouded Cow Palace.
I must pay kudos to Sharks fans, however. They are among the very best.
The boys get pretty jacked up when playing at home.
I am hopeful that this is a "Sharktank Redemption", not just a tank.