If you’ve had to be around me in the last week or so, you might say I was a bit surly when discussing the Sharks’ current scoring woes. And so for that, I want to apologize to all of you, and bring you all a positive post in time for San Jose’s matchup against the Blues.
Well, that wasn’t good. No, that was way worse than not good. That was atrocious. The Sharks got beat by a Calgary team that is mediocre on its good nights.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch the entire game. I had to leave before the third period for my own hockey game (our team also only scored one goal). I’m also not one to call out players for their misgivings, but I’m fucking tired of this. There are common themes that continue to emerge game after game, and it’s time to call them out.
Come one, come all! Come see the “Most OK-est Show on Earth,” when the San Jose Sharks head to Calgary to take on the Flames. Fresh off a performance in Vancouver last night, the Traveling Sharks Circus Show received rave reviews from all in attendance.
“Pretty entertaining game there, especially at the end.”
– Cory Schneider, Goaltender
You heard it here, folks! Entertainment!
In case you haven’t heard, Todd McClellan’s seat as head coach has been getting warmer with each subsequent struggle. After the Sharks started out the season 7-0-0, expectations were high. Then when the Sharks took their season in the exact opposite direction, people were understandably worried. But the disappointments of this season are not McClellan’s fault.
Let me say that again. The disappointments from this season are not Todd McClellan’s fault.
Since coming on as head coach in 2008, he has led the Sharks to a President’s Trophy, turned Joe Thornton (along with Pavelski and Couture) into dangerous 2-way players, and gotten his team into the playoffs every season he’s been on board.
The offensive powerhouse Nashville Predators head into San Jose to take on a Sharks team with an explosive offense that is clicking on all cylinders.
All joking aside, the tight, defensive-minded Predators, a team that no one in the hockey world thinks of as a huge offensive threat, have scored at least four goals in three of their last six games. On the other side, the Sharks haven’t scored more than two goals in their last nine games, including zero against Nashville back on February 12. The last time the Sharks have scored four goals in a game? January 27, against Vancouver.
During the Sharks’ season-opening seven game winning streak, the Sharks scored at least four goals in five of those games. To say that it’s important for them to get back to their scoring ways is an understatement.
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:
I find it ironic that Detroit’s epic anthem that they blast in Joe Louis Arena to cheer on their Red Wings is actually sung by a band from the Bay Area. I’m sorry, boys, but Journey’s allegiances lie here (“Oh I want to be there, in my city, by the bay”).
Enough 80s rock, let’s talk hockey. The Detroit Red Wings are coming into town after losing 2-1 to the L.A. Kings in a game where our favorite Sharks announcers, Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda, called the game for NBC Sports Network. I thought the guys did well, and hope we don’t lose them. Sharks games wouldn’t be the same without them.