Different teams respond to being .500 in different ways. The Pens came into the Pond hungry, arguably rabid, to pull themselves out of the unacceptable muck of a borderline .500 record. The Ducks, meanwhile, are ecstatic to be .500, talking about turning the team around and operating with a brash confidence. If someone knows when we're having the .500 Parade, please forward me the details.
The Sharks are more like the Pens in their view of the 50/50 record. They've flirted with it a few times this year, coming back from taking three points in Stockholm only to register back to back losses stateside. And after back to back wins over the Devils and Ducks, San Jose went on a Midwest road swing where they were shut out for 120 minutes.
The Ducks will fly into HP Pavilion tonight feeling, perhaps, more positive than any .500 team ought to feel. Meanwhile, the perennial favorite Sharks and their .542 are, perhaps, wondering if they've yet to clear the European cobwebs and will still be without the suspended Joe Thornton. Are they having a Captain Hammer moment? Maybe. I think it behooves the Ducks to show them what pain feels like.