SAN JOSE – On paper, the sharks' troubles seem easy to remedy during their six-game defeat – especially since they had won six games in a row before and sat on the Western Conference leaderboard just before the slide.
But according to Logan Couture supervisor, things are more complex than that.
"If it were easy to correct, we would not lose in a series of six games," he told the media-through the 3-2 defeat from Team Teal against the Detroit Red Wings. "We have to fix it. There are certain things we need to do better.
From shallow jumps to not having too many escape routes, the sharks look like a different team than they did a few weeks ago. The defeat to Detroit is the third game in a row, in which the sharks were beaten by a team from the playoff games. While the team obviously gets well before the playoffs and tries to get well, the current drop in performance can not continue.
"We're too good for a team to go on a slide like this," Couture said. "These losses at home are not good, especially tonight. I thought we had a better performance. "
San Jose came late in the match and found twice the back of the net to reduce the 3-0 lead from Detroit to 3-2. It was an effort that Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer wanted to see in the competition much earlier.
"I do not think we had much energy until the third hour," he said. "I thought we had despair in the third, which we needed for 60 minutes. We only got 20 of them. "
Detroit, however, was able to exploit his escape in the first layer of the game. Dylan Larkin put the Red Wings on the board after only 38 seconds.
"We gave them too much respect. We have reset ourselves too much, "summarized Evander Kane. "We have to get there first, we need to get there faster."
Since this is the longest defeat of the sharks this season, the press asked DeBoer if a mental component had crept in the game for DeBoer Team, no matter what it is, just work it out.
"I do not know if it's mental," he admitted. It's work, it's desperation, I do not know if there's complacency about where we sit in the standings or what, but we need to get out, and the only way to get out of it is to work it out. "
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You have exactly six games left over the regular season in which to do this job.
"If you go through this, it's better to do it now than in two weeks," DeBoer said. "But we need to get well and the boys have to reach another level here, it's this time of year."