We were down Boat, Schwartz, Backes, and Reaves, on top of being on the back half of a back to back. Strangely enough, this was the closest we'd played them all year. Why San Jose has beat up on us? I have no idea. We've got 7 regulation losses and almost half of them have come at the hands of SJ.
But I'm not worried. Again, 7 regulation losses, which are the fewest in the league, if I'm not mistaken. As for the playoffs and potentially meeting up with them? It's December. In April, they will be a different team and so will we. Trade deadline will do that, the teams will just have the natural ebbs and flows of a season. And anyway, the regular season doesn't mean anything once the postseason starts. I always use the example of the 2011-2012 season when the Blues destroyed the Kings in the regular season and then they stomped a mudhole in us in the 2nd round.
Was last night disappointing? Absolutely. Did it look like we were skating in quicksand at times? Absolutely. But I felt, even down 3-0, that the Blues could win the game. Thought I was going to get my wish when they clawed back to 3-2 at the end of the 2nd. Regardless, the injury bug has started to hit and with line combos being shaken up, some uneven play is to be expected.
This essentially sums up my thoughts. Down 4 forwards + playing back-to-back nights in different cities while they were here resting. I would be upset if I heard any members of the Blues using that as an excuse, but that doesn't mean it's not a factor. I don't know why we've struggled against the Sharks this year or why we seem to be getting off to slow starts lately. The former I think is probably somewhat of a coincidence, but the latter needs to be addressed.
All in all, though, I'm not worried. We have a great record. We're going through more of an ebb than a flow right now, but we'll bounce back from it. We're too talented not to. I'm not worried about facing the Sharks in the playoffs. They are a good team, and I wouldn't hope for them. But, I think we're capable of beating them and just haven't thus far.