Right from the moment they joined the NHL in 1991, the San Jose Sharks were a success. No, not on the ice at first, but even that didn’t take long. The Sharks not only made the playoffs in their third NHL season in 1993-94, they won their first playoff series, dropping the top-seeded Detroit Red Wings.
The Sharks became a regular contender, but couldn’t seem to get over the hump and go to the Stanley Cup final. Three times they were vanquished in the Western Conference final before finally getting to the big dance in 2015-16, facing the Pittsburgh Penguins with the Stanley Cup on the line. Sadly, it didn’t come complete with a fairy-tale ending. The Sharks fell to the Penguins in a six-game final series.
The Sharks remain right there among the elite teams in both the Western Conference and the NHL. Center Joe Thornton is a Hall of Famer in waiting. One of the finest playmakers in NHL history, he rates among the NHL’s all-time assists leaders. Forward Joe Pavelski is a steady 30-goal scorer and Logan Couture and Evander Kane are also proven, offensive producers.
But it’s on defense where the Sharks truly shine. They suit up a pair of Norris Trophy winners on their back end in Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, and that bodes well for a playoff run. San Jose is the fourth team to have a pair of Norris Trophy winners in its lineup and three of the previous four squads won the Stanley Cup.
When it comes to wagering on the Sharks, San Jose is a punter’s dream, because the Sharks are such a consistent entity. They are always strong performers at the SAP Center, aka the Shark Tank, and they annually are among the NHL’s best performers when on the road.
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