Finishing out our playoff round 2 preview of the Sharks, we're going to look at their offensive attack.
#12 / Center / San Jose Sharks
Sep 15, 1979
Captain Constantly Surprised/Disgusted
There's no denying the scoring depth the Sharks have. Patrick Marleau scored a career high in goals this year with 44 tallies, 4th in the NHL. Since taking the "C" off the sweater, Marleau has been on fire and it helps that he's got a great feed man on his line in Joe Thornton. Jumbo Joe delivered 69 assists this season as part of the Sharks' incredibly dangerous top line of Marleau-Thornton-Dany Heatley. Heatley wasn't far behind Marleau in goals scored as he tallied 39 in the regular season.
The secondary scoring from the Sharks comes from guys like Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, and Ryan Clowe. In the first round against the Avalanche, the secondary guys were the biggest contributors for the Sharks. Pavelski netted 5 goals in the 6 game series while Setoguchi added 2 and Clowe with one. The top line of Marleau-Thornton-Heatley combined for a total of one goal.
The biggest question in the series so far in my mind will be if the top line of the Sharks wakes up. If they don't and they are shut down by the defensive pairings of Lidstrom and Rafalski along with strong defensive forwards like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, the Sharks will need to call on the secondary scorers. If they do wake up, that is a terrifying beast to have to face. San Jose's offense can score some serious goals but Colorado wasn't exactly the toughest of tests. Watch to see how they adapt to an even tougher defensive team, especially when they wont have the puck as much as they did against Colorado.
How to beat them: Hound them. Detroit's shut down the top lines of teams in the past and with a very deep team defensively they could possibly shut down or at least slow down the top two lines of the Sharks. If the Sharks have to really on third line and fourth line players against the Wings, it won't be pretty for them.
Who to watch: the secondary guys like Pavelski, Setoguchi, and Clowe.