Following their overtime loss to the Ducks, the Sharks have picked up wins against the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames. Two things consistent about the victories were the amount of shots on goal produce by San Jose – against the Islanders they produced 38 shots and 35 versus the Flames. This is the type of offensive output the coaching staff should be happy with, however their defense remains to be a cause for concern especially when facing a threat like the conference-leading Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings come to town Monday night as the two teams will face-off against each other for the first time this season. LA has won six in a row and are 8-2-0 in their last ten games while the Sharks are 6-3-1 in their last ten. San Jose’s defense looked a lot better in their win against the Flames on Saturday night than it did against the Islanders on Thursday,where the Sharks seemed to struggle with making the easy play to get the puck out of the zone. The Sharks’ second line of Joe Pavelski, Ryan Clowe, and Logan Couture came through in a big way against Calgary combining for 9 points on the night – Logan Couture is currently tied for the team-lead with 6 goals and tied for rookie goal-scoring with Carolina’s Jeff Skinner.
Scoring first should be a point of emphasis for the Sharks on Monday as the Kings are a perfect 9-0 when scoring first this season. Also, the Kings lead the NHL in penalty killing with an impressive 92.2% success rate so converting on their powerplay opportunities will be crucial for the Sharks as well. After the contest, the Sharks will go on the road for back-to-back games against the Colorado Avalanche and the Dallas Stars before returning home against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Written by Alex Wasserstrom
Native Californian, former minor league pro, and current men's league superstar, Alex Wasserstrom is ProSportsBlogging.com's San Jose Sharks correspondent. Wanna talk puck? Shoot him an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or follow him on Twitter (@Awassers).