The Sharks will kick off the 2014-15 season with a nationally televised game on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday night against Los Angeles.
A pair of NBC analysts, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones, weighed in on the Sharks’ season outlook.
Roenick: “They didn’t do anything in the offseason to improve their team. When you don’t win, it’s always going to come down to your leaders. You’ve got to score goals in big situations. Until that happens, guys are going to be questioned.
"Joe Thornton is going to be questioned. Patrick Marleau is going to be questioned. Joe and Patty are running into that time in their careers when their legacy is going to be that they were great players in the regular season, but when the playoffs came around, they couldn’t figure it out.”
Jones: “They’re going to be really good. If they don’t lose Marc-Edouard Vlasic in that first-round series last season, they don’t lose four straight to the L.A. Kings.
"They have to come to the realization that with Vlasic in the lineup, they were a better team than L.A., and we’re not talking about the disastrous collapse, if Vlasic doesn’t get hurt. I’m not worried about San Jose. If I was in the Western Conference and in their division, I would be worried about playing against them.”
Jones’ bullish outlook on San Jose is no surprise. He told CSNBayArea.com early in the offseason that the Sharks were his pick to win the Stanley Cup.