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Panic button pressed
Sharks are in meltdown form
12/7/15 - By Paul Krill -

After starting out the season 4-0, things are heading south for our San Jose Sharks very fast. As of this writing, the team now stands at 6-6. Everything seems to be going wrong: Logan Couture is injured and gone for an extended period time; the Sharks give up the first goal within minutes of each opening faceoff, Martin Jones' promising start as the Sharks' go-to guy in goal has deteriorated into mediocrity or worse. (If there's a hot goaltender in the game, he's usually not wearing a Sharks uniform.).

Oh, and let's not forget - thousands upon thousands of empty seats and a less-crowded concourse are becoming standard fare at SAP Center, which once boasted years of consecutive sellouts. Obviously, lots of Sharks fans simply had enough after the 2014 playoff debacle (Do I really need to state the specifics of that one again? Didn't think so.).

So where to now? All we can hope for is that the past few weeks are just a temporary glitch and that the team will get its act together. But that is going to have to happen quickly. Getting thoroughly outplayed at home by the 2-10 Columbus Blue Jackets is not the stuff that gives us fans lots of confidence. Panic attacks, yes. Confidence? Uh, no.

If the season continues on its downward trajectory and the Sharks miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season, heads are going to have to roll. General manager Doug Wilson, who gave up what could be a lottery draft pick for the now-faltering Jones, can't feel much job security these days. That's what happens when the tickets don't sell, the fans lose interest and the team keeps losing, especially at home.

I'd like to end this bit with a light-at-the-end-the-tunnel prediction. But right now, I can't bring myself to do that. The Sharks, who started this mess with the 2014 playoffs and continued with last season's playoff miss, are the only ones who can fix it.

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