Upcoming Matchup: San Jose Sharks

Tonight the New Jersey Devils take on the San Jose Sharks at the Prudential Center. Now these two don’t usually see each other more than once or twice a year. In the two games last season, both teams won one game . However, both teams have made major changes since last season. The Sharks became a more defensive team with the acquisitions of Brent Burns, Jim Vandermeer and former Devil Colin White. The Devils became a younger team with the loss of Brian Rolston and Colin White.

I expect this game to be a very close game if the Devils can avoid the penalty box. The Sharks are a very good powerplay team. They thrive off of it. The Sharks can score from any where on the power play. One off the things they knew they needed to improve was the point on the powerplay hence the reason why Brent Burns is a Shark. Last season the only defensive threat on the powerplay was Dan Boyle. That is no more. Burns is going to be logging a lot of time on the powerplay.

The Devils can win this game with quick effective passing in the offensive zone. If they can control the puck in the offensive zone and play keep away from the Sharks. They can win if they can convert on some off all the time in the offensive zone.

Expect a fairly close game and fairly good number of chances for both sides. Please feel free to comment on the game as its going. Discuss and game on!