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Hitting the Fan
Two players gone, losses mount, goals hard to come by
11/24/14 - By Paul Krill -

It looks like panic is starting to set in. Or at least it should be. We're seeing players shipped out. Jason Demers is gone, Adam Burish as well. Who will be next? Meanwhile, losses keep piling up, the Sharks rarely score goals and the team has won just two of seven home games this season. Maybe they should go back out on the road?

Of course, the sellout streak is over as well. I wasn't there last Thursday, but I'm told empty seats were plentiful, even if the official count had 99.1 percent of seats being sold. And who can blame fans for not wanting to brave the rain to watch a team that, well, is just not as good as what we've seen in recent years? Last Saturday's game didn't sell out, either. No more automatic sellouts for the Sharks; ticket demand clearly is down.

The Sharks have no one to blame but themselves for this, given the lingering sting of last season's embarrassing playoff exit and this season's sputtering start. Fans have to be getting tired of so few goals and constantly making the other teams' goaltenders look like Hall of Famers night after night.

It sure looks like this sub-.500 team really could miss the playoffs this year. Of course, it's way too early to tell. But the Sharks are going to need a dramatic turnaround if this season is to be saved. A season that started out so well, with the Sharks registering shutouts in their first two games, has clearly taken a turn for the worst.

At least the Sharks just ended a streak of seven straight games with two goals or fewer. The Sharks finally reached the three-goal "milestone" this past Saturday in a game they never led, facing Arizona, another sub-.500 team, at home.

The biggest worry is not that this team is not playing up to its abilities. No, the biggest worry is, in fact, that this team may very well be playing up to its abilities. And that has left us with loss after loss, perhaps with many more to come. We'll see if the Sharks can fix this mess.

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