Thursday night’s 3-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabers marked the 6th time the Sharks have been shutout this season. At 21-15-5 the Sharks are sitting at 6th in the conference and 3rd in their division. Both the conference and division are extremely tight, with little sign of that changing but that was to be expected as per my season preview (except for Dallas playing as well as they have).
Unsatisfied with the first half of the season, GM Doug Wilson paid a visit to the team prior to their practice on Friday and the message I took away was: Find consistency or changes will be made.
It’s obvious this team needs to improve defensively but the initiative to find consistency has to come from the team’s leaders. At times, the offensive struggles of Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau have mirrored the struggles of the team, which is where the saying, “your best players need to play like your best players” must come from.
With 10 of the team’s 13 games on the road in February, San Jose has to find their rhythm soon as the team does not have the luxury of going on a slide.
On a deeper note: Former Shark prospect Tom Cavanagh was found dead in a parking garage of a Providence, R.I. mall from an aparent suicide. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.
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Written by Alex Wasserstrom
Native Californian, former minor league pro, and current men's league superstar, Alex Wasserstrom is ProSportsBlogging.com's San Jose Sharks correspondent. Wanna talk puck? Shoot him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow him on Twitter (@Awassers).