San Jose Sharks Look to End Skid Against St. Louis Blues

By Scott Peceny
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I guess you could say that so far this season, the San Jose Sharks have been streaky.

After starting the season on a winning streak that spanned seven games, the Sharks now find themselves on the other end of a seven-game streak.

Despite their dismal play of late, the Sharks are still 7-4-3 and trail only the Anaheim Ducks for the Pacific Division lead.  The Sharks are in desperate need of a win, but it certainly won’t be easy for them tomorrow night against the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues are off to a nice start in 2013, good for third place thus far in the Western Conference.  Winners of three straight, the Blues are hardly a team that San Jose wants to face right now, let alone on the road.

Now losers of four straight away from HP Pavilion, a big reason for the Sharks’ recent slide has been their play on the road.  San Jose will now look for an elusive road win at the Scottrade Center.

The saving grace for San Jose lies in St. Louis’ sketchy performance in front of their home faithful this year.  The Blues boast a 6-2-0 road record, but are just 3-3-1 at home.

This game will no doubt be physical.  Neither one of these teams backs down to a challenge, and both have guys who like to throw their weight around.  A potential match-up that could prove interesting will be Ryan Clowe of San Jose versus David Backes of St. Louis.

These are two guys who have never been afraid to hit, fight, or even throw a few cheap shots on the ice.

The Sharks have to be ready for what could be a war out on the ice tomorrow night.  The Blues will force the issue on San Jose, and if the Sharks aren’t prepared, St. Louis has the talent to control this game and turn it into an easy win.

Should the Sharks come out and match the Blues blow for blow, however, this game could swing in the Sharks’ favor.

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