Power play an issue for the San Jose Sharks

3/10/14 in NHL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsFor the San Jose Sharks, power play has been an issue lately and statistically it is easy to see. They have twice the score in their last 16 games short handed that they have in their power plays. That clearly shows something is not going right at the power play end.
Head coach Todd McLellan is clearly focused on solving the problem and wants things to get better before they have the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.
"It's frustrating with that type of talent you put on the ice that's been together that long," McLellan said regarding the power play problem. "I'm not pulling any punches or candy-coating it. It has to be better."
In the NHL the Sharks power play has been ranked as weak, coming in at No.21 overall. It only has a success ratio of 16.2 percent, which is unacceptably low. It stands on the other hand at No.6 for short handed goals.
The Sharks have managed to make one thing about their power plays recurrent and that is whenever it happens there is not one goal scored in them. The best of the teams manage to score once in every 4 power plays but McLellan wants his team to do better than that.
"The ragged games are going to happen, but too many of them," he said. "It has to be better over the next few months for us to have success."
Sharks Mike Brown has been healthy and ready to step on the ice against Toronto but it eems that McLellan might be looking to hold him for that game.
"Brownie is ready to go. He's worked hard," McLellan said. "We choose our lineup nightly based on what we think we need, and what the other team has, how the lines have performed."
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