The San Jose Sharks have had one of the worst six-game stretches in recent memory. They just finished up their second-to-last road trip of the season with two of the worst losses this year. A 6-1 defeat to the Dallas Stars was backed up by a 7-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. A couple weeks ago, they looked like Stanley Cup favorites. Now, they do not even look like contenders. What is even worse, Logan Couture could be sidelined for an extended period.
With 14 seconds left in the second period Saturday in Nashville, Couture took a puck to the jaw. Turns out he lost a few teeth on the play. Look closely at the footage, you can see one come out of his mouth. His father, Chet Couture commented on his son’s injury in a tweet to Sharks radio announcer, Dan Rusanowsky:
@DanRusanowsky Thanks Dan. It is an ugly injury sadly.— Chet Couture (@NLLREF2) March 26, 2017
Couture’s status for now is uncertain. We certainly hope his injury is not as bad as it looked. However, if Cooch misses extended time, San Jose could be in a heap of trouble. In all likeliness, Tomas Hertl would move up to center the second line. Hertl has been scoreless in 11 straight games now. Mikkel Boedker and Joonas Donskoi are also on scoreless streaks of nine+ games. The depth scoring for the Sharks has disappeared, and San Jose is reeling because of it.
The Sharks were battling the flu last week, but as bad as they looked, that is not a real excuse. They are just playing flat-out terrible hockey right now. With Couture’s injury, bad just went to worse. Now is the time for Captain Joe Pavelski to rally the troops, and try to get back to their winning ways before the playoffs. As they sit right now, the Pacific Division has been taken over by the Anaheim Ducks. They sit two points ahead of San Jose and the Edmonton Oilers for the division lead.
With seven games left for all teams, San Jose had better figure their stuff out yesterday. The way they have been getting beat has been flat out embarrassing. Pride has to take over in those situations (although maybe it did for Micheal Haley).
Haley could also see a suspension (he has a hearing with the NHL Monday morning), so it might be time for the Barracuda guys to come in and right the ship.
Seven games left before the playoffs, get it together San Jose. This is not the team the fans have seen all year, so somebody step up and get the team going again. Logan, get well soon and we hope to see you on the ice before the playoffs start.