Black sweaters return for playoffs

Black sweaters return for playoffs
April 29, 2013, 11:00 am
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Over the last two playoff runs, the Sharks are 10-13 in black but went going 5-1-2 during the 2013 season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SAN JOSE - For the third straight season, the Sharks will wear their black third sweaters for all home playoff games.

The Sharks are just 10-13 in the playoffs in the last two seasons when wearing black, but are 25-7-4 in them the past three regular seasons.

They wore them in eight home games in 2013, going 5-1-2.

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The Sharks will take emergency goalie Alex Stalock to Vancouver, as well as forwards Matt Pelech and Bracken Kearns. Stalock joined the team prior to its game in Phoenix on April 24 and was on the season-ending two-game road trip.

Pelech played in two scoreless games for the Sharks this season, while Kearns played in one game in Vancouver on March 5.

In two games in relief of Antti Niemi, Stalock was 0-0-1 and allowed two goals on 13 shots in 42 minutes.

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The Sharks are 16/1 odds to win their first Stanley Cup, according to the latest odds at Bovada.lv. Vancouver is slightly better at 14/1, while the Eastern Conference’s Washington Capitals are also 16/1.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have the best odds at 7/2, while Chicago is just behind at 15/4 odds.

The biggest long shot to win is the New York Islanders, listed at 40/1.