Three takeaways from Sharks' 3-0 loss to Red Wings
Road trip ends with loss
Gustav Nyquist’s two goals and 30 saves by Jimmy Howard keyed Detroit’s 3-0 shutout of the Sharks at what was likely San Jose’s final game at Joe Louis Arena.
Here are three takeaways from the decisive loss…
2 – Too slow
Whether the Sharks were weary from being on the road for nine days, sloppy from not practicing, or just not fast enough to keep up, the Red Wings appeared to have much more pep to their step despite playing their second game in as many nights. San Jose totaled 30 shots, but had a scarcity of prime looks at the net while Detroit was getting plenty of chances. Logan Couture said: “That [shot total] surprises me. … They defended well, but we’ve got to play inside and find a way to generate some offense.”
3 – Too many penalties, and no power play goals
The Sharks took eight minor penalties, some of which were undisciplined, and some that they were forced into due to Detroit speeding by them and putting them out of position. San Jose went a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill in what was the lone bright spot in the game, but again failed to score a power play goal, going 0-for-4. The Sharks are 18th in the league on the power play at 15.0 percent (3-for-20), but only one of their three goals has come on a standard five-on-four advantage.
4 – Coming home
No one was making an excuse of it, but a five-game road trip in eight days so early in the season is no picnic, especially when so many key Sharks missed the majority of training camp due to the World Cup. The Sharks are 3-3 and get to play five of their next six games at home, where they get a chance to rest and to practice. If Saturday’s game was any indication, they could use a good bit of both.