Can a Three Finned Attack Get the San Jose Sharks Out of Their Slump?

December 12th, 2009 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
When the San Jose Sharks traded for Dany Heatley this offseason, the feeling around the Bay Area was that while paired up with Joe Thornton, the two superstars would be impossible to defend.

However, the overloaded top-line of Marleau-Thornton-Heatley hasn't produced much winning as of late. The Sharks just completed a 1-1-3 home-stand and scored just nine goals in their last four games.

Over the span of the past four games where the Sharks are 0-1-3, the top line has contributed just eight points between them. Compare that to earlier in the season when the top line of Thornton, Heatley, and Setoguchi posted a combined 13 points in just two games.

Clearly, the Sharks' top scorers are capable of scoring at a much higher clip but the problem is that San Jose has started relying too much on their big guns.

Solid all around play from all four lines is something that has been missing over the home-stand.

Considering that the impressive play from the third line featuring Scott Nichol and Jed Ortmeyer has tailed off as of late, spreading the talent around might be a wise move.

Last season the Sharks also hit a 1-1-3 ...

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