NHL San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks Risk Missing Playoffs With Recent Play

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NHL season has been one that has featured a very wild swing by the San Jose Sharks. San Jose went 7-0 in the month of January, but when the calendar turned to February, everything changed for the Sharks. San Jose was just 2-6-4 in February. With February finally over now for the Sharks, the team better hope that March is better because if it isn’t, there are going to be major changes on the roster and possibly even behind the bench.

San Jose was in a lot of low-scoring games during February but could only win once in regulation. That could be blamed on a lot of things. Patrick Marleau has cooled off a ton since his red-hot start and the San Jose power play went 3-for-52 in the month. In this league you can’t afford to have months like San Jose just had. There are too many superstars like Marleau and Joe Thornton for this to happen. Antti Niemi has been great all season long with a 1.88 goals against average so you can’t blame him.

Even with its hot start, San Jose is presently on the outside looking in for the playoffs. If the Sharks don’t make the playoffs after starting 7-0, there is zero doubt that coach Todd McLellan is going to be shown the door. You can point at how well San Jose has been with him behind the bench with two 50-win seasons, but the team hasn’t been to a Stanley Cup Final during his time and now the team is slumping with him in charge. McLellan is on the hot seat along with most of the players on the San Jose roster for the rest of the year.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.