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  1. NHL -- 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: A lack of Olympians seems to be...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Having fewer players at the Olympics than other contenders has paid off for the San Jose Sharks, writes ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

    Story | Conversation | April 23, 2014
  2. Panthers-Sharks Preview

    Panthers-Sharks Preview

    Preview | March 17, 2014
  3. NHL - Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues among top projected poi...

    Timo Seppa

    At the midway mark of the NHL season, Timo Seppa of Hockey Prospectus goes through his projections for which teams will be playoff contenders at season's end. The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to do well, but there are some big surprises elsewhere.

    Story | Conversation | December 31, 2013
  4. Questions abound for Canucks after sweep

    Pierre LeBrun

    It was always going to be the "window" series, two of the Western Conference's long-standing contenders facing off in the first round, with the losers having to face questions about their immediate future. The San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks...

    Blog | May 08, 2013
  5. NHL - Are the San Jose Sharks contenders or not?

    Craig Custance

    Every season there comes a time when the Sharks look like world beaters ... and then the playoffs start and San Jose's season is cut short of a Cup. Can this year be any different? Craig Custance explores the question.

    Blog | Conversation | April 11, 2013
  6. Sharks roster needs a fresh coat of paint

    Pierre LeBrun

    The San Jose Sharks have played the second-most playoff games, behind only Detroit, since 2004, when a nine-year run as a contender began with a trip to the conference finals. Because that run hasn't produced a championship -- although three confe...

    Blog | March 18, 2013
  7. 2012 NHL Free Agency - Changes ahead for Penguins, Wings, other C...

    Craig Custance

    Despite a thin free-agent crop, several strong Cup contenders may undergo some drastic offseason changes. Craig Custance examines the potential upcoming moves for the Penguins, Wings, Canucks and Sharks.

    Blog | Conversation | June 26, 2012
  8. 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks on di...

    Pierre LeBrun

    Few paths are diverging more than those of these two first-round opponents. The young and upcoming Blues are showing they are legitimate contenders, while the Sharks are possibly staring down a window that's closing on them.

    Story | Conversation | April 21, 2012
  9. Avalanche-Sharks Preview

    Avalanche-Sharks Preview

    Preview | March 25, 2012
  10. Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron leads Selke Trophy candidat...

    Neil Greenberg

    ESPN Insider Neil Greenberg breaks down his top candidates for the Selke Trophy, writing that while there are numerous forwards worthy of consideration, any discussion has to begin with Boston's Patrice Bergeron.

    Story | Conversation | February 08, 2012
  11. Playoff Power Meter - Philadelphia Flyers' biggest problem comes ...

    Alvin Chang

    As the trade deadline nears, Alvin Chang examines every team's weaknesses in their Playoff Power Meter portfolio and sees which players mentioned in NHL Rumor Central could help make playoff teams into bona fide Cup contenders.

    Story | Conversation | February 07, 2012
  12. NHL draft - World Junior Championships - Examining NHL prospects ...

    Corey Pronman

    Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus examines the rosters of the top tournament contenders in the World Junior Championship. Team USA flaunts a number of NHL prospects, including the potential top pick in the 2013 draft.

    Blog | Conversation | December 20, 2011
  13. Three-goal second leads Panthers by Sharks

    Panthers 5, Sharks 3

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | December 03, 2011
  14. Sharks' early run just part of bigger goal

    Pierre LeBrun

    There are 1,230 games in the regular season, but they don't always measure up. But on Thursday night, two Stanley Cup contenders met at the Shark Tank in a game that could have gone either way and certainly provided full value to the paying public...

    Blog | November 04, 2011
  15. NHL - With Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne approaching fre...

    Craig Custance

    Craig Custance looks at the upcoming season for the Nashville Predators, one that will have major implications on the club's future. With three franchise players nearing free agency, Nashville must prove that it is a legitimate contender.

    Blog | Conversation | October 06, 2011
  16. NHL Preview 2011-12 - ESPN The Magazine - Washington Capitals, Va...

    Craig Custance

    The Caps and Sharks were among several Cup contenders who overhauled regular-season powerhouses to better position themselves for a title shot. ESPN The Mag's unique projections examine which of the NHL's teams most resembles the past six playoff champs.

    Story | Conversation | September 21, 2011