Apr 16, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi (31) and left wing T.J. Galiardi (21) and center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrate with teammates after defeating the Los Angeles Kings in a shootout at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Why the Sharks Need Home Ice Advantage

The NHL season is coming to a close, and the Sharks aren’t quite guaranteed a postseason berth, but are tied at 53 points with the Kings for 4th place. This is a close race because of such a short season, but the Sharks need home ice advantage. Usually in hockey, the arena doesn’t matter too much, but for the Sharks, seemingly, it means everything. The Kings own the tie-breaker, but the Sharks have been on the prowl and are looking to take back their spot as one of the superpowers.

Remember 3 years ago when the Sharks were 1st place in the Western Conference? Yeah, not too many people do. I’ll tell you what, however, if the Sharks get 4th place, they’re going to the conference finals. The Blackhawks may not be the most ideal team to play in the finals, but the Sharks can easily get past the Ducks, who they’ve swept this season already. It’s going to be a tough task for the Sharks, but they’ve struggled majorly on the road this year, and almost had a flawless home stand against some quality teams.

Feeding off the energy of the crowd is much better than silencing the crowd, if you ask me. At home, guys like Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, and Patrick Marleau love to please their home crowd. I can imagine that there’s nothing better than hearing the sound of that low pitched horn go off whenever you score a wraparound goal to tie the game up. The best, however, is scoring the overtime winner. There’s no feeling better than that to have 15,000 people cheering for you.

With the addition of Raffi Torres, a guy who, to say the least, delivers some good hits, the crowd will be very energized. Still, however, the Sharks have a lot of work to do before they can grab home ice advantage. It’s going to be a tough task, but the rewards are great. This could actually be the year the Sharks get another shot at the cup. What do you think?

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