The San Jose Sharks got their second win in three games on Saturday, by defeating the Nashville Predators thanks to a pair of power play goals. It was the first time since Jan. 27 that the Sharks’ special teams had produced two goals and just the fourth time since that date that the Sharks had scored a power play goal in any of their games. San Jose will have a favorable matchup for continued power play success when they face the Vancouver Canucks tonight. The Canucks rank 20th in the league in penalty kill percentage, and have given up goals while playing a man down in three of their last four games.
Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski had the goals for the Sharks on Saturday, with Logan Couture and Joe Thornton both assisting on both goals. Those four players and Patrick Marleau are the only members of the team to record more than one power play point this season. Thornton has 22 points this season, and 13 of them have come on the power play. Ten of Marleau’s 16 points and seven of Boyle’s 10 points have come on the power play, and the team’s win-loss record shows what happens when this special teams unit isn’t clicking. During the Sharks’ seven-game losing streak last month, they converted only two times in 31 chances. Thanks to a strong start, the Sharks remain near the top of the standings despite that February losing streak. If they hope to stay there, they will need continued production from their power play unit, and could really stand to see a contribution from players outside of the five mentioned above.