The Sharks have made a race of the Pacific Division by going 7-2-1 over their past 10 games.
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
The San Jose Sharks hope to gain some additional ground in the race for the Pacific Division title, as they shoot for a third straight win in Tuesday's home test against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Prior to the Olympic break in February, Anaheim seemed poised to run away with the Pacific crown but the Sharks have made a race of it by going 7-2-1 over their past 10 games. The Sharks enter Tuesday just four points behind the idle Ducks for first place.
After beginning a four-game homestand with an overtime loss against Carolina, the Sharks have recorded consecutive wins over Pittsburgh and Montreal. The victories over the Penguins and Canadiens have pushed San Jose's excellent home record to 24-4-4 this season.
GMs mull necessary changes to OT format
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Each year all 30 of the NHL's general managers get together in March to discuss ways they can help improve the game.
The hot topic at this year's meeting of the minds in Boca Raton, Fla., involves the league's regular-season overtime format. At the heart of that debate, of course, lies the shootout, a controversial experiment that has outgrown its usefulness, if it ever had any to begin with.
If you're like me, then this is issue is a no-brainer. Just get rid of the shootout, bring back the tie and use the neuralyzer from the "Men in Black" movies to wipe everyone's memory clean of this misguided attempt to make the game more fan-friendly.