Sharks Heading Towards Possible First Round Disaster

The San Jose Sharks lost to the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 last night.

No big deal, right? It was, after all, only a regular season game and the Western Conference's best team still posts an impressive 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games.

Here's the issue: The Sharks are now 0-3 this year against the injury-depleted Red Wings. If the playoffs started tomorrow, this is what we would see as part of the brackets:

Yep, that's right: the Sharks would face the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs, a fate normally reserved for 8th seeds who don't normally stand much of a chance and are content about just sneaking in the playoffs.

Ouch.

We all know about the Sharks' recent playoffs success (or lack thereof) and how the Wings always seem to step it up in the postseason.

This is a disaster waiting to happen. After another incredible regular season performance, the new Dany Heatley-powered Sharks could face the perennial champions Red Wings in the first round. If that's not a test of character, I don't know what is.

Because make no mistake, the Red Wings, if they manage to get in, are still the team to beat in the playoffs in the West.

And they'll be healthy then. Watch out.