The Sharks lost again, dropping one against Detroit 2-1 in another goddamn shootout. They are in a tailspin. It’s time to shake it up, and make some moves.
Editor’s Note: I wanted to make a Saturday Night Fever reference here, but then I’d have to wait until tomorrow. It’s probably for the best.
The best explanation of this game’s letdown comes from Fear The Fin’s game preview:
Let’s face it. The Sharks stink right now. They can’t get away shots, they can’t protect the puck, and they can’t out-skate anybody. Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, they’re having trouble scoring goals.
So who’s to blame? It’s human nature to want to blame someone; to point a finger and yell “IT’S YOUR FAULT!” as we struggle opening another bag of Doritos through our tears.
And I can’t take it anymore, I want a scapegoat, damn it. So who is it?
Without pure scorers like Dany Heatley, the Sharks struggle to get goals.
I miss Dany Heatley. There, I said it. Sure, he was overpaid and was slow at times, but you got to give it to the guy, he just knew how to put the puck into the fucking net.
Remember two seasons ago when Joe Pavelski played on the third line? Remember how awesome it was? The Sharks didn’t just have forward depth then, they had pure scoring depth. Or at the very least, they had a nice variety of skill sets. Marleau and Setoguchi gave Jumbo two dangerous options at all times, Heatley was a sniper on the second line, Torrey Mitchell had a ton of speed that could push the puck up on the third line. Granted, it didn’t hurt that Clowe had a career year playing alongside Couture and Heatley, and having Pavelski’s playmaking ability on the third unit between Mitchell and Kyle Wellwood.