The San Jose Sharks haven’t simply been winless by 11 video games this season, they’ve, typically talking, been an unmitigated catastrophe on the ice. Saturday’s 10-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins marked back-to-back video games through which the crew has surrendered 10 objectives, whereas additionally marking simply the second time this season that the crew scored greater than a single objective in a recreation. According to Sportsnet Stats, no crew has surrendered 10 objectives in back-to-back video games since 1965.
Whereas the Sharks taking over a spot within the NHL’s basement was completely anticipated, what hasn’t been anticipated is simply how unhealthy the crew has seemed this season. The Sharks have scored 12 objectives, only one greater than Auston Matthews alone. The crew has surrendered 55 objectives, which averages out to 5 per recreation and is a full eight objectives greater than the next-worst crew.
All in all, the Sharks’ performances this season have naturally led to questions over head coach David Quinn’s job standing. San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng requested Quinn about his job safety after Saturday’s loss.
“I assume it’s an apparent query, however for those who’ve been round lengthy, I imply, I don’t take into consideration that for 2 seconds,” Quinn responded. “I’ve obtained a job to do.”
Veteran Sharks ahead Nico Sturm was requested about teaching as properly.
It’s not concerning the coaches. We lose 10-1, what are the coaches [going to do]? The coaches aren’t on the market and taking part in. It’s far too straightforward to play in opposition to us proper now, and that’s definitely not the coach’s fault. It’s as much as us as gamers and we’re not wherever close to the place we have to be proper now.
These quotes, which come via the Mercury News’ Curtis Pashelka, point out that this isn’t a state of affairs the place there’s discord and pressure between coaches and gamers, the type of pressure that always causes a lot of these lopsided losses. As a substitute, the Sharks’ struggles might very properly be extra of a mirrored image of the caliber of roster Quinn is working with.
That being mentioned, Peng wrote on X Saturday evening that the crew will “want to indicate actual enchancment, and comparatively quickly” to ensure that Quinn to solidify the standing of his job. He added that the development can come within the type of merely simply “competing persistently & not getting embarrassed” and that the problem for Quinn’s job safety will not be the truth that they’re shedding, however “how they’re shedding.”
For Quinn to be fired so early within the season can be one thing of a shock, even with how poorly the Sharks have been taking part in.