All eyes are on Japanese prodigy Shohei Otani, but others will spark bidding wars
The San Jose Sharks were shut out for the first time this season on Thursday night, but it sure didn't feel like it. The Sharks controlled play, but their raw possession numbers were misleading: Through the first two periods, San Jose was outshot 23-18, and poured it on in the third looking for the game-tying goal. In order to break out of his team's extended slump, head coach Peter DeBoer appeared to throw his lines in the proverbial blender.
Kings coach John Stevens might want to air the latest episode of “60 Minutes” during his next film session. The ticking clock in the opening of the show would be a swell reminder, because the description used over and over by the Kings during their four-game losing streak is that they haven’t played a full 60-minute game. They’ve lost to skilled teams (Tampa Bay Lightning), defensive teams (San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins) and below-average teams (Vancouver Canucks) with lapses surrounded by bursts of effectiveness. The damage is an 0-4 start in a five-game run at home following a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Here’s what we learned: Execution is an issue. Boston’s first goal came
SAN JOSE — Bob Boughner 1, Pete DeBoer 0. Round one of the Boughner Bowl went to the student Thursday as the Florida Panthers head coach returned to the SAP Center and beat the guy who gave him his first NHL coaching job as an assistant with the Sharks two years ago. Here’s what we learned as the Panthers (7-9-2) handed the Sharks a 2-0 loss. 1. The Sharks aren’t finding answers to their scoring problems within the dressing room. After ranking 19th in scoring last season and losing Patrick Marleau over the summer, the Sharks (10-7) entered training camp with major worries about their ability to produce offense this year. The first quarter of the season isn’t doing anything to lower DeBoer’s concern