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San Jose Sharks

Venue: SAP Center | Coach: Todd McLellan
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The Sharks offloaded members of their bottom six for mid-round draft picks and bottom-sixer Ben Smith. The Sharks are possibly worse after the deadline than they were heading in, at least for this season. It's hard to figure what they're doing in general.
The loss to the Kings in the Stadium Series had to feel like a punch to the gut. The Sharks are out of the playoff picture right now by just one point. They've really struggled lately, though, and it will only get harder to recover.
The Sharks may be starting to feel pretty uncomfortable with the way the Pacific playoff race is tightening. They've lost 6 of 8 while divisional opponents gain ground.
I've said all year that the Sharks are kind of a mystifying team this season. Their consistency issues are well known, but they still look dangerous enough for divisional opponents to want to avoid in that first-round matchup.
The Sharks still have a pretty good hold onto second place in the Pacific Division, but consistency issues abound as evidenced by Monday's disappointing shootout loss to the lowly Oilers at home.
It's still strange to see San Jose hovering around the middle ground when it comes to goals per game. The Sharks rank 18th in that department with a 2.69 goals-per-game average.
The Sharks have won just two of their last six games, but appear to still have enough talent up front to keep pace with the Pacific Division. Joe Pavelski is scoring at will again, too.
The Sharks had two big tests with games against the Blues and Rangers and failed. The Blues throttled the Sharks twice in the last 10 days, illustrating that San Jose is still a ways away from being a top team again.
This Sharks club has been tested throughout this season. They've passed a lot of them, but the biggest lays ahead as they trudge on without injured forward Joe Thornton. That is a sizable lineup loss in more ways than one.
It seems like the Sharks are really starting to find their way. Joe Thornton remains an offensive force, Joe Pavelski could push to hit 40 goals again and the defense is improving.
Preseason Power Rankings
No captain? No problem. The Sharks started with a big win over their biggest rival and kept right on rolling in their home opener, while their scoring attack remains potent.
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