3/23/10 - San Jose @ Minnesota - 7 PM CDT - VS (HD)
Get to know your opposing fanbase (San Jose Sharks Edition):
-San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area by population with just over one million people.
-Apparently the team's middle name is "Not so awesome."
-The Sharks have lost five games in a row, including a 5-1 loss to Edmonton on Sunday.
-Nothing makes people happier than cake.
-They have more faith in Derek Boogaard than the State of Hockey, as San Jose fans can envision #24 picking up a hat trick.
-The origin of the name Sharks comes from the large number of sharks living in the Pacific Ocean. It also beats being called the Blades.
-They make colorful nicknames for the referees.
-Would like to see two girls wearing (respectively) nothing but a Sharks and a Wild jersey go at it.
-Play at the HP Pavilion, also known as the "Shark Tank." It also looks a lot like the old Met Center but has to beat an arena called the "Cow Palace" (where the Sharks played in their infancy).
-See Backstrom getting a shutout or two.
-Come out to a giant shark head, which then may or may not eat opposing teams.
-Anti-snog, whatever the **** that means.
-Have been one of the most successful teams this decade, winning four Pacific Division championships and one Presidents Trophy.
-Great googly-moogly of fail.
-Mascot's name is S.J. Sharkie.
-Are doing many different things in order to will their team to win. Also apparently the Wild should be freaking out by now.
-Were formed by taking half the Minnesota North Stars' lineup in a complicated franchise matter that was made to save NHL hockey in Minneapolis and is most likely why they have been unable to win a Stanley Cup.
In Wild news, Backstrom is starting for the first time since suffering a groin injury right after the Olympic Break, Owen Nolan is questionable with the flu and Clayton Stoner will be out the rest of the year recovering from that hernia surgery.