The San Jose Sharks are glad to be back home for an extended period. Perhaps it will get their struggling offense going.
San Jose opens a five-game homestand and a stretch of seven of eight at SAP Center on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils, who are dealing with their own problems trying to generate offense.
The Sharks are coming off a 3-3-0 road trip -- their longest of the season. Things started well with 10 goals scored in wins over the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. They followed by tallying only four goals in losses to the Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes.
Joe Pavelski, who had two goals and two assists on the trip, said playing at home for the first time since Nov. 5 and for a long period will be good for the team.
"(We'll) spend a little bit of time (at home) and try to create that home-ice advantage," he told the CSN Bay Area website. "We haven't had much time there. There's a little bit of disconnect from the fans just because we've been gone.
"We want to get back there, we want to get the crowd going where we score a goal and the place erupts on your side. Those are good feelings." <<Read more...
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