San Jose Sharks: As Frustration Mounts, Will Change Do Them Good?

January 15th, 2011 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks are caught in a vicious cycle of frustration and disappointing results.

The Sharks have lost six straight games for the first time all year and six straight home games for the first time in 14 years. The really scary part: Some signs suggest nothing short of the All-Star break itself at the end of this month will put the brakes on this skid.

The Sharks lost six straight games at one point last year, and still managed to finish with the top seed in the Western Conference. But the Sharks started that slump from a position of power—enjoying a comfortable lead in the top spot of the Western Conference standings. This year they began their swoon in fourth place in an historically tight race.

The slump has seen them fall from No. 4 to No. 11 in the West.

Following a 5-2 loss to the last-place Edmonton Oilers—which simultaneously prevented the Sharks from attaining their first ever season sweep of the Edmontonians and extended their losing streak to six games (and six overall at home)—head coach Todd McLellan hinted that lineup changes could be imminent.

Certainly, things have not been working recently on t ...

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