“We’re not good enough right now to compete against good teams in the NHL,” Couture said, per CSN Bay Area. “It’s disappointing. We’re a better team, I think, than what we’ve shown in the last couple months.
“Every night we go out there, we just haven’t been good enough on a consistent basis. It’s so disappointing because we believe in this room that we’ve got a good enough group of guys to make a push and to compete past the regular season. Consistently, we just don’t get the job done.”
Now eight points back of the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific Division, the Sharks could feasibly go 9-0-0 in their final nine games and still miss the playoffs.
And let’s face it, the way this team is playing, it’s not going 9-0-0.
At this point, it appears the only thing the Sharks may have to look forward to is a game against the Kings on the final day of the regular season, with possibly a chance to keep their California rivals — the ones who embarrassed them so badly last April — from playing in the postseason as well.