What’s wrong with the San Jose Sharks?

If you would have said the Sharks would be tied fifth for most goals against in the NHL, ranked 16th among all teams, two games above .500 and tied for third place (by a hair) in the Pacific. I would have questioned your ability to speak hockey. 

Who would have thought the San Jose Sharks a team with a blue line consisting of Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Marc-Eduard Vlasic, Brian Dillion and Jokiam Ryan to name a few with a goaltender of Martin Jones. Would be one of the worst teams defensively. The Sharks have allowed 88 goals in 27 games, allow 3.19 goals per game. Aside from that the Sharks rank middle of the pack in terms of goals for (82), goals for per game (3.04) and 11th in power play percentage at 22.7 percent. 

What could be the Sharks issue(s)?

For starters November was not their month, of their 14 games they managed to lose 8 of them. Loses coming to teams that should be wins, but dropping games to Edmonton, St. Louis two times have made it tough for the Sharks to gain much confidence. As well in the month of November the Shark were shutout three times (twice by St. Louis) and only scored three or more in nine of the 14 games, the NHL now a days you are going to need to score more than three goals on a lot of nights. 

The Sharks top scorers have not be living up to standards so far. Evander Kane, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, Joonas Donskoi all have eight goals or less on the year. On top of that Kane has just 16 points in 27 games, Donskoi has 12 in 27 games. They have a slew of forwards but it seems to be a consistency issue for the Sharks forwards. Aside from their top six having some issues finding the back of the net consistently. Erik Karlsson has not been what he was expected to be. The issue of Burns and Karlsson sharing time seems to be proving true at the moment. With Burns production, Karlsson’s has dipped a ton. On the year Karlsson has 15 points in 27 games with just two goals. 

No panic yet for San Jose 

It for sure was not a great month or start for San Jose per say but things will get better. In the month of December they have 7 home games of their 15 December games. They play a couple of mediocre teams like Arizona, Carolina, New Jersey, Chicago, Los Angeles, games that should be wins. Based off “strength of schedule” the Sharks do not have a tough December ahead and with a month and a half until the All-Star break this is a crucial month for San Jose. One that can make or break this team. 

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