Olympic break the perfect opportunity for the Sharks to get back in form
The San Jose Sharks were in pretty much the same spot with injured key players and others ailing from minor injuries that needed little time but never got it. They had Logan Couture, Raffi Torres, Matt Nieto and Tyler Kennedy all injured and now as the break draws to end and players trickle back to prepare for the game in team practice it is evident that these injured stars have had the time they needed and will be back in regular games.
Couture had score a total of 35 points in 43 games but ended up sitting out the final 16 games leading to break as his right hand ended up getting fractured.
Couture was optimistic about his return on the ice, saying he felt good about it all and felt like it was time he hit the ice again.
“Yeah, I think so, as of right now,” Couture said optimistically. “Obviously, we don’t play for a while, but hopefully I’ll be in the lineup in Philly.”
The Sharks had a score of 10-6-0 even though they did not have their second line center during most of the games. That meant they had a real problem with getting the puck in opposing net as the Olympic Break drew close. In their last 7 games they had managed to score only 9 goals.
In the first 8 games that Couture was sitting out due to the injury, Joe Pavelski really took the spotlight with his game as he scored 10 goals in those games. Couture said regarding Pavelski that he was really impressed with the way he played and his ability to rack goals.
“When Pav was going real well there, it was unbelievable to watch, night in and night out,” Couture said. “Even as a fan, I felt just to see him play that well was pretty cool. A lot of guys stepped up and helped the team win games when we weren’t necessarily playing our best. We found ways, and it’s good to see.”