3 San Jose Sharks That Need to Get Hot Down the Home Stretch

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3 San Jose Sharks That Need to Get Hot Down the Home Stretch
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The San Jose Sharks traded away one more player than they got in return through the NHL trade deadline

In years past, the San Jose Sharks have looked like contenders at the NHL trade deadline and general manager Doug Wilson would add a player to take his team over the top.

That never worked out, so this year he traded three active players—including one from the second line—for draft picks. That forced the team to look within what remained in the dressing room for added punch.

Someone had to get hot and their increased production would have to take the place of player additions. Coach Todd McLellan moved Joe Pavelski down to center the third line, which gave the team the same boost it would have gotten from a new addition.

Hence, the team climbed a few spots in the Western Conference standings and Wilson picked up a couple complementary pieces to help the Sharks make one more run at the Stanley Cup. The problem is that it is becoming evident they do not have enough.

While he has played well, the Sharks have lost both games since Raffi Torres joined the team. Could this be because their chemistry was upset by the introduction of someone with a tainted past? Or is it simply two very common things—their long history of complacency and season history of struggling on the road—coming together in their last two games?

Since they are in a tight playoff chase and they are so dominant at home, it is vital that the Sharks climb to at least the fourth seed. With five road games left and none of the tiebreakers, being the best non-division winner is going to take more than what this team has shown it is capable of on the road.

It is going to take someone else stepping up. This must be a player not already performing well, but capable of filling roles at the top of the depth chart.

Unless at least two of these under-performing Sharks step up and give them another boost, they are going to be out of the playoffs before Mother's Day.

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