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With wins in eight of their last 10 games, the Sharks have a three-point lead over the Coyotes for second in the Pacific. However, this Sharks club has been extremely streaky. Finding consistency in the stretch run will go a long way in improving their postseason outlook.
The Sharks have rallied from an abysmal December to get back into second place in the Pacific Division. They have points in each of their past nine games, including seven wins. Longtime star Joe Thornton has points in 17 of his last 18 games. He's still got it.
The Sharks enjoyed a nice hot streak, beating up on some of the weaker teams in the NHL and nabbing a big OT win over the Stars. They have points in six straight games and have risen to second place in the Pacific as a result. If this team gets adequate goaltending, it could become more dangerous.
The Sharks are starting to pick it up again, just a little bit. They've won five of their last 10 games to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot. They've even picked up enough ground to be part of the wild card conversation that was previously tightly held by Central teams.
The Sharks have Logan Couture back, which may help them get stabilized. They're one of the Pacific teams just outside of a playoff spot, but they'll be one of the teams in the mix right to the end.
The Sharks have a couple of recent wins to hang their hat on, most notably against the Canadiens and Kings, but they're still presently outside of a playoff spot. This should be a team that can take advantage of the weakness of their own division.
Losses in eight of their last 10 games has the Sharks in precarious position. They're still in it with everyone else in the Pacific, but they have to find their footing again. Maybe they should take more cues from their captain. Joe Pavelski is averaging a point per game this year.
The three straight losses the Sharks recently suffered with their offense sputtering will soon be overshadowed by the return of Logan Couture to the lineup. He'll provide a big boost to a team that's been just getting by over the last week-plus.
The Sharks have had a chance to rest, with only two games over the last week following their hugely successful six-win road trip. They also have a favorable schedule to start December, so there's a good chance to keep building momentum.
Sweeping a six-game trip is going to get a lot of attention. It's also allowed the Sharks to climb back to the top of the Pacific Division. Is this an isolated hot streak or a sign of things to come?
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It's way, way too early to declare Martin Jones a success as San Jose's new No. 1, but he has been exceptional. The Sharks also look loose coming into the season after such a disappointing run in 2014-15.
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