The Sharks are drowning in the blood of their own beatings.
In the month of January San Jose looked like Stanley Cup contenders as they went 9-3-2 and were on top of their division. Since then the Sharks have looked like anything but a team preparing for a strong playoff run.
During the month of February the Sharks went 5-8-1 and have lost both games so far in March. San Jose also only scored two goals in their last three games all at home.
If there is going to be a game that will give the Sharks the confidence boost that they desperately need it will be tonight against the Western Conference’s 14th place Edmonton Oilers.
The Sharks recently dropped to third in their division but will be more nervous that they are now eighth in the conference and potentially one game out of the playoff race. Division rival Los Angeles Kings are one point behind San Jose in the standings.
The two teams have one win each in the series so far this season. The Sharks beat the Oilers in December 3-2, but then loss to Edmonton 2-1 in January.
San Jose can avoid dropping out of the playoff race as long as they stay out of the penalty box. The Oilers power play unit is the overall most effective in the NHL. Even worse for San Jose is the Sharks 28th ranked penalty kill unit overall and 30th ranked when at home.
San Jose hopes to snap a two-game losing streak and to get out of a slump of only two wins in the past 10 games.