Once 7-0-0, the San Jose Sharks have now fallen to 7-3-3 and losers in their last six games.
The early season has already seen the best and worst of the Sharks, with the improved penalty kill leading the way, and the offense becoming a relative unknown during the recent bad stretch of games. Through the first seven games, San Jose tallied 29 goals. In six straight losses, the team has managed just seven.
It has been that kind of season so far in San Jose.
However, being one of the top teams in the Western Conference was a far cry from what was expected of the team this season after a rather disappointing 2011-12 campaign. The defense is improved, but the scoring has tapered off, something to keep an eye on as the shortened season progresses.
Here are the players and units whose stock is up and whose stock is down in the already tumultuous season for the Sharks.