Logan Couture may currently be fourth on the San Jose Sharks in scoring, as his six goals and 12 points trail only Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau on a loaded roster. Unfortunately for the Sharks, 10 of Couture’s points came last month and he has managed only a goal and two points in the team’s past 10 games.
To make matters worse, eight of those 10 games were losses for the Sharks and five of those were decided by one-goal margins. Pavelski, Thornton and Marleau will be consistent contributors all season, but the team desperately needs the secondary scoring that Couture has provided the past few seasons.
Since a breakout 2010-11 season in which he score 32 goals and reached 56 points, Couture has been one of the Sharks’ best scoring options. He scored 31 goals while improving to 65 points last season and had 23 points in 22 games for Geneve Servette in Switzerland during the lockout.
The Sharks started as one of the hottest teams in the entire league, and somehow have managed to only drop to second in the Pacific Division. Goaltender Antti Niemi boats a 1.96 goals against average, giving up precious few goals even in defeat. The difference in points and in the standings right now is that the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks are on top because they have consistently figured out a way to win close games – something the Sharks have yet to do. A return to form from Couture may be just the thing they need to get a few more wins.