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Not So Fast - The San Jose Sharks Sliding Backwards

San Jose SharksIt’s not easy to blog when you’re team is losing.  Sure my definition of ‘losing’ isn’t the same as most, but when you’re 15th in the conference and showing serious signs of weakness it’s difficult to get excited.  The good news is that the Sharks are only 6 points back of the division lead, the bad news is they have to jump over 14 teams to do it.

The defense has been unable to hold a lead and the offense has been shut out.  It’s (US) Thanksgiving and we’re reaching a turning point.  Some theories say the team is getting used to trusting not just one new goal tender but two.  I’m not sure if I buy that theory because if it were true I’m sure head coach Todd McClellan would have settled in on one goalie a long time ago.  This would give the team the best chance to get used to that new goal tender.

Another theory is the new contracts.  I don’t play fantasy hockey but NHL Home Ice actually has shows focusing on the subject (mostly during the summer when it’s one slow hockey news day followed by another).  One of the host’s tenets is that he stays away from players that sign new contracts.   The Sharks signed Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski.  Given the character of these two players I absolutely don’t think they are suffering from any serious ‘contract hangovers’ (See Ilya Kovalchuk for the extreme example).  But given the parity in the NHL any loss of even the slightest edge could mean ‘the difference’, and since these guys are team leaders perhaps the dulling of said edge is rubbing off on the rest of the team.

I have tickets to the Detroit Red Wings on November 30th and the Chicago Blackhawks on the December 11th.  If the team cannot find a way to beat both of these opponents -at home no less - then I fear the worse.  It’s only a matter of time before that 6 point gap starts to grow along side the impatience of The Sharks Nation.

Otherwise I’ll be spending my Thanksgiving in Minnesota.  This is my first time (ever) spending the holiday in a place where you can actually play pond hockey.  If I’m lucky I’ll get to see some kind of junior or college hockey, or better yet some outdoor hockey.  Too bad I don’t know how to skate.

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3 comments for “Not So Fast - The San Jose Sharks Sliding Backwards”

  1. Agreed the Sharks have been terrible as of late. I think you are correct in stating that it isn’t an issue of two new goalies or contracts (and don’t forget, Thornton just signed an extension), but rather one of communication and work ethic. In their losses this season, and even in some of their wins, they have looked listless and slow on the ice. A Stanley Cup team that does not make.
    They play Chicago tonight. Hopefully that will kick them out of their funk, and unlike after they beat the Kings, they will go on a tear. Plus, I welcome any chance to beat Marty Turco, the most puck handliest goalie in the league.
    Prediction: Sharks win because they score more goals than the Blackhawks :-)

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | November 24, 2010, 6:15 pm
  2. And once again they prove their consistent inconsistency with a 5-2 victory over the dreaded ‘Hawks. By all accounts it was a good game, and now the question is, can they continue to do this. I don’t need them to win every game from here on out, but I would like it if they can put together a longer winning streak than 3, and if they can continue to score goals.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | November 25, 2010, 7:47 am
  3. I liked the physical nature of the game. However it feels like they’ve slipped back into that old habit of playing up/down to the competition, a habit they finally dropped the last two seasons. Luckily we have lots of time to shake all our bad habits. I appreciated what Drew Remenda said - that Niemi is the hardest working guy in practice ‘trying to get back into his Stanley Cup form’ - that bodes REALLY well for us.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | November 25, 2010, 11:04 am

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