So what’s wrong with the San Jose Sharks?
They have fallen from the ranks of Stanley Cup contenders. At the moment, they are fighting just to make the playoffs.
“We're not winning games,” coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News. “That's what's wrong. It's as simple as that.”
OK then. Here are some additional details on this team's stunning collapse:
- On the most recent road trip the Sharks staggered to a 2-6-1 mark.
- The Sharks have sputtered offensively, scoring three or fewer goals in each of their last 10 games.
- They scored just four times in the recent four-game homestand. Their power play went 0-for-8.
- Their top five scorers -- Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle -- combined for just three assists on the homestand.
McLellan returned to the bench after recovering from a concussion suffered in a freak accident on the bench. But at this point, it’s not about coaching for the Sharks. It's about what is happening (or not happening) on the ice.
“We've met enough,” McLellan said. “I've met with individuals, met with groups, met with everyone that needs to be met with. They know how to do it. They just have to do it.”
Rogers Sportsnet columnist Mark Spector wondered if the Sharks’ opportunity to win a Stanley Cup has come and gone.
“Certain fans are going to look at it a certain way. 'There's a window. They might have missed that window.' I don't look at it that way at all,” Boyle told him. “No, I don't think our ship has sailed at all. This is our time; we just have to correct ourselves here.
“A month ago we were sitting comfortably at the top of our division. Everybody goes through a rough patch, but you've got to try and keep the lows short, and ride the highs. Right now we're on way too long a skid here. But, no. I don't think the ship has sailed.”
We shall see. The Sharks head back to the road in hopes of making up some ground in the hyper-competitive Western Conference.