All of the previous problems do not add up to the great things this team can do. They are things that the players or coaches can fix, and if they can't, personnel moves can.
But there are more disturbing issues that may be harbingers of flaws that could be fatal in late May.
For one, the Sharks are historically bad on the penalty kill, ranking third to last in the league at 74.4 percent. They have among the worst save percentages on the penalty kill because of how poorly they clear pucks, allowing the opposing power play to spread out the attack and get second chances.
While the PK might be fixable, that normally requires some major personnel changes when it is a third of the way into the season. Doug Wilson may be able to make one trade and even use some of the team's considerable cap money, or James Sheppard could make a difference once he is healthy.
But by and large, this is the roster the team has to work with, so it is unlikely the PK will change much. Even this problem can be minimized, however, by staying out of the penalty box.
The worst problem the Sharks have is their repeated failure to play consistently throughout the game.
For one thing, the Sharks start slow. They have given up the first goal in 16 of their 26 games.
Yet at one time, it was not the first period but the last that was their undoing. In the first month-plus, the Sharks were among the worst third-period teams in the league.
The Sharks have blown leads in all four games in which they have had a lead over the last eight games. This means they have struggled in the early, middle and late points of games at times. As a measure of their inconsistency, their once-potent power play has abandoned them, plummeting from the top three to the middle of the league.
Teams that struggle with their identity do not play 60 full minutes and have long scoring slumps, which manes they do not win late in the playoffs. The Sharks have spent too many Memorial Days having been eliminated not to do something about this...stay tuned for suggestions later this month.