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San Jose Sharks’ Skid Growing Out of Control: Fan Opinion
When the San Jose Sharks came bursting out of the gates after the All-Star break, I really thought they would have an opportunity to continue playing that impressive style of hockey. A 6-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars were the results of the first two games after the All-Star break. Since that point however, the Sharks are 2-6-1 and have lost four straight games after their loss on February 21.
In all, the Sharks' skid is becoming more and more of a habit rather than just another losing streak. You can see it in the way they skate, their energy level, and even by the apparent lack of urgency in the players. There seems to be an air of complacency that is surrounding the Sharks, but they certainly shouldn't be complacent with a losing streak that is jeopardizing the defense of their Pacific Division crown and possibly their playoff hopes.
If the Sharks continue their losing ways on the road, the Phoenix Coyotes, who are currently tied in points with the Sharks, could very well take over first place in the division and also put some space between the two teams. After the Sharks return from their road trip there are only 21 games left in the season. That means if the Sharks were to fall behind, then there won't be many opportunities for them to regain much ground.
While the amount of games overall may not be in the Sharks' favor, the Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings - the two teams competing with the Sharks for the division crown - each have three more games against the Sharks. Despite any mounting factors, the Sharks' skid can still be turned around and they can still return from their road trip in decent shape.
Overall, the Phoenix Coyotes are 8-1-1 in their last ten games while the Sharks are 3-6-1. Oddly enough, this reminds me of the 2011 MLB NL West race when the San Francisco Giants essentially went into free fall and the Arizona Diamondbacks surged at the right time to overtake the NL West lead - going on to win the crown in the end. Those pesky Arizona teams getting hot at the right time sure is messing with some Bay Area sports teams.
As for the Sharks however, it's going to take a big dose of reality to bring them back from the position they've put themselves in. There is no reason the team can't bounce back and stay strong atop the Pacific Division. The only thing that can and will hold the Sharks back is themselves. Hopefully some determination and a glance inward will reveal the best way for this team to right its sinking ship.
The Sharks face the Toronto Maple Leafs in their next matchup on February 23.
David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where they post fresh content daily and present sports blogs and sports opinions - all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.
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