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Let the Battle Rage On: Get Nasty with the Blackhawks!!

Posted By John Morales On Jan 27 2010 @ 2:00 am In San Jose Sharks | 1 Comment

Hello fellow Sharks and NHL fans,

This is the first of MANY discussions about the San Jose Sharks this season, so please feel free and join in! Just one rule: Keep it clean!!

Thursday night is going to be another challenge for the San Jose Sharks with the Blackhawks coming into town. The last time we hosted the Hawks…well…we all know how that one ended!! The Sharks need to play more of the “angry” Sharks game we've been seeing on the ice the last five games. Of corse you have the usual list of guys willing to drop the gloves like Jody Shelly and Brad Staubitz but guys like Dan Boyle, Devin Setoguchi and Tory Mitchell have all been playing a “rougher” game. And I for one like it!! When the Sharks step up for a battle and throws their weight around, the Sharks become a lot harder of a team to stop. So for me, this is an important key for this coming Thursday night.

Now let's talk a little about the play of Tory Mitchell. I know I just mentioned his angry play as a good thing and I think it is BUT what has happened to the overall play and production of this guy? In 27 games this year, Mitchell has one goal, one assist and a plus minus rating of one. Mitchell also seems like he's been losing a lot of races to loose pucks and lost his overall speed advantage. Now in the last five games, Mitchell has averaged about 9 minutes of ice time with four shots on goal in those five games. In the last three games Mitchell's face off precent hasn't been all that great coming in as follows:

Buffalo – 37%
Anaheim – 40%
LA – 25%

Now with the fourth line amounting for almost nothing (except for fighting), Tory Mitchell should be a healthy scratch and the Sharks should bring up a player like Logan Couture or Jamie McGinn. Both players are tearing up the AHL, Couture with 18 goals, 26 assists and 44 points in 32 games. Couture and McGinn might bring some jump and production to  what I like to call the “Ghost Line.”

We'll haft to wait and see what unfolds Thursday night BUT the Sharks faithful are hoping for another blowout and more salutes from Team Teal.

Welcome to Chumming the Waters!

- John Morales.

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