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What Are Sharks Doing Better? But Why Do They Keep Losing? (+)

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NASHVILLE — “I thought we made a step forward with the things that we touched on after our last game.”

That was head coach David Quinn’s assessment of the San Jose Sharks’ 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night. And there was progress – but considering where the Sharks were coming from, a 6-3 rout at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, it was, to some degree, faint praise.

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But it was a step in the right direction, even though the defeat dropped San Jose to 0-3-1.

The micro-stats, per SPORTLOGiQ, underscore the Sharks’ improvements from one night to another:

San Jose SharksStats (All Situations)Carolina Hurricanes
3Goals6
16Shots42
3:25OZ Possession Time12:25
8High Danger Scoring Chances25
2Odd-Man Rushes8
36.4Controlled Entry Success Rate73.8
37.1Puck Battle Win Percentage62.9
San Jose SharksStats (All Situations)Boston Bruins
1Goals3
27Shots36
6:19OZ Possession Time5:43
14High Danger Scoring Chances16
10Odd-Man Rushes5
51.3Controlled Entry Success Rate53.8
32.4Puck Battle Win Percentage67.6

Let’s roll the tape on how the Sharks got better, and where they still have to get better.

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