Teams struggling with shortened NHL season

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After a labor dispute that almost cost the NHL a season, everyone came to terms and put together a shortened season. That meant very limited time to get ready for a season, followed by a lot of games in a short period of time. Needless to say, some teams have thrived, while others have faltered. So who are the two most disappointing teams so far in the NHL this season?

In the Eastern Conference, a team headlined by one of the most well-known hockey players in the world is struggling for every win these days. Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are currently the third worst team in hockey. At 12-16-1, they can’t seem to put anything together. They are dreadful at home, with just four wins away from the nation’s capital this season.

Of course, Ovechkin is far from the only reason why this team is struggling. For starters, they need a new goalie that can be relied on nightly. Stops are always needed when an offense is struggling. Only Mike Ribeiro seems to be playing well for them at the moment and is the only player who you would consider for your fantasy hockey team, as Ovechkin and the rest of their firepower has been MIA for most of the season.

On the other side of the country, the San Jose Sharks might take the cake as the most disappointing team in the Western Conference. If the season ended today, they would be in a three-way tie for the eighth spot. Yes, the Kings showed last year that a finish like that can still end up with a Stanley Cup, but the Sharks were supposed to be consistent enough to be in the upper half of the conference.

After making the playoffs in 13 of the last 14 seasons, it seems as though some of their older players are not holding up in this lockout-shortened season. Their core of Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton seem like a failed experiment at this point too. With another subpar season looming this year, perhaps missing the playoffs and starting the rebuilding process is the right way to go for them.