The San Jose Sharks suffered another damaging loss last night, falling 5-2 to Winnipeg in a game they trailed 3-0 after just 13:01 of the first period.
According to Sports Club Stats, the Sharks’ chances of making the playoffs — something they’ve done every season since 2003 — have fallen to just 6.8 percent.
Next up is Thursday’s contest in Toronto, against a Maple Leafs side that’s already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
“We get on the plane, we eat, we review the game, we have a good skate tomorrow, we practice and away we go. There’s nothing else we can do,” coach Todd McLellan said following last night’s loss, per the Mercury News.
“We can sit in a corner and cry if we wanted to, but that’s not going to help us one bit.”
It’s estimated the Sharks will need to win nine or 10 of their last 12 games to grab a spot in the postseason. With nine of those 12 on the road, even against some bad teams like Toronto, it’s a daunting task for a fragile group that seems destined for another tumultuous offseason.