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The San Jose Sharks have now won four of their last five games, after picking up a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils last night.
After beating the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators at home, the Sharks fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs, before rebounding to beat the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and then the Devils yesterday.
They’ve limited their opponents to just 10 goals over the five games and while the penalty kill has been key, killing off 10 of 11 penalties during the stretch, James Reimer also deserves a ton of credit. He’s taken over as the team’s starter at this point, posting a .934 save percentage this season. Given the numbers that we’ve seen from pretty much every other goalie over the past few years, between Devan Dubnyk, Martin Jones, and even Adin Hill this season, Reimer’s performance has been outstanding.
Offensively, Timo Meier has continued his excellent start to the year, now with 11 goals and 22 points in 17 games this season. Logan Couture has been great as well, but the team is also finding goals from less likely sources, as Alexander Barabanov continues to be a very good addition and even Noah Gregor chipped in with a goal and an assist last night.
Through 22 games, the Sharks hold a very solid 12-9-1 record and sit tied for eighth in the Western Conference, based on points percentage. After their slide where they won just four of 13 games, I wasn’t overly optimistic about the teams chances and while it’s still very early, it seems as though they’re hanging around the playoff picture.
The Sharks will try to keep their roll going against the New York Islanders tomorrow, who are riding an eight-game losing streak and have had their last two games postponed due to COVID concerns.
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