San Jose Sharks aren’t slacking, but they still can’t buy a win
When the Buffalo Sabres got shut out by the Toronto Maple Leafs after being held to only ten shots on goal, no one was particularly surprised.
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Usually, teams that shoot more score more — and teams that score more tend to, well, win more.
Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case in the past four games for the San Jose Sharks… who have outshot their opponents in all four games, yet lost every single one of them.
They outshot the Buffalo Sabres 30-14 and outshot the Arizona Coyotes 43-26, yet walked away from both games with only a single overtime point. Then, Wednesday night, a 32-19 shot advantage resulted in a 2-0 shutout… for the Calgary Flames.
According to NBC’s Pro Hockey Talk, alternate captain Joe Pavelski expressed his frustrations that effort wasn’t translating into results — but frustrations can only do so much when you outshoot your opponent at home, and they still beat you.
The Sharks, who fell in a catastrophic four-game collapse to the eventual Stanley Cup champions during the playoffs this last season, were placing all their hopes on this season being the one that the California team finally brought home their first Stanley Cup. They sit in fifth in the Pacific Division, though, coming in ahead of only the Arizona Coyotes (who haven’t won the last seven games in which they started Mike Smith) and the Edmonton Oilers (who, well… are the Edmonton Oilers). Not exactly good news for a team hoping to win it all.
Hopefully, newly acquired stay-at-home defenseman Brenden Dillon can help the team start seeing some wins; because if not, there might be big changes headed to the Bay Area.
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