It's the best time of year!
Posted by Ryan Porth
Previous Playoff Meeting:
2000 Western Conference Semifinals (DAL 4-1)
Tale of the Tape
Nabby and Turco were both big reasons why the Sharks and Stars advance to this round.
San Jose has more big guns than Dallas… its close, though.
I like Dallas’ team defense more. The Sharks’ unit was kind of helter skelter against Calgary.
Both teams are about even in each category.
Both Tippett and Wilson have trouble in the playoffs once they reach round two.
Dallas has many playoff savvy veterans…
RW Milan Michalek
Michalek picked up zero points against the Flames. I don’t know if he’s lost or what, but he needs to snap out of it to give the Sharks an extra jolt. His speed would is a mismatch for the Stars’ ‘D’.
C Brad Richards
Richards contributed some assists in the first round, but needs to find the back of the net for this team to be complete. He won the Conn Smythe in 2004; now it’s time for him to show why.
1st Round Heroes
C Joe Pavelski
C Mike Ribeiro
Players that need to step up
D Brian Campbell
D Matt Niskanen
Summary and prediction
Did this match-up really have to happen?? The only thing going between these two clubs is the fight fest they had on the last day of the regular season. The Stars made knocking off the defending champs fairly easy, while the Sharks made beating the Flames look anything but. They needed a second period explosion from Roenick and Pavelski to beat Calgary. Personally, I don’t like the Sharks… and the games is in Dallas just don’t translate on TV. Hopefully they prove me wrong by going at least six in this series. I think the Sharks have the upper hand with the home-ice, but the Stars won twice at the Pond in Anaheim. The series will come down to goaltending. Nabokov and Turco are both excellent goalies, but one will have to outdo the other for their team to go to the Western Finals. Do I have to pick a winner in this series?? I feel like whoever I pick won’t win. Such a boring match-up… hopefully they’ll provide better hockey than I expect. Oh yeah, San Jose moves on.
Sharks in 6
at 11:02 PM
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