San Jose Sharks Look to Turn Season Around on East Coast Road Trip

Brian WinettCorrespondent IIIOctober 19, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 15: Michal Handzus #26 of the San Jose Sharks celebrates with Ryane Clowe #29, Logan Couture #39 and Jason Demers #60 after Handzus scored a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the first period of an NHL hockey game at HP Pavilion at San Jose on October 15, 2011 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The San Jose Sharks begin a six games in 11 days East Coast road trip on Thursday night, and are desperate to turn their play in a new direction.

The Sharks have shown lackluster efforts in all but the opening night game of the season this year, and are riding a woeful 1-3-0 record.

The Sharks are riding in the cellar of the Pacific Division, and are looking for this road trip to bring them together as a team.

Right now, over a third of the starting lineup was either on another team last year or hardly had more time playing with the Sharks in Worcester rather than San Jose and were unable to develop any chemistry.

Add to that injuries to Martin Havlat and Antti Niemi, along with Patrick Marleau fighting a pretty severe illness, and the product on ice has been less than inspiring, to say the least.

A few years back, the Sharks had well-documented struggles at home, and the road was a welcome reprieve.

The Sharks are looking to develop the missing chemistry, and a long road trip as a team can bring these players, who are new to each other on and off the ice, together.

There's no replacement for being stuck together with your teammates for 300 hours nearly straight. 

You get to know your teammates and how they see the game, and work out new ways to work together.

This East Coast road trip is exactly what the doctor ordered for the San Jose Sharks right now, and could turn the opening month of the season into a major positive force for the rest of the year.