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The Sharks kick off March by continuing their season-high six game homestand, facing the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time this week.
The previous time these two teams faced off - a whole three games ago - the Blackhawks prevailed with a 3-1 win over the visiting Sharks, with Timo Meier scoring the lone goal on 42 Sharks shots. However, plenty of things change in a week, especially when that week is bisected by the trade deadline.
Since that game, forward Eric Fehr has gelled more and more with his new team. And then there's the acquisition of forward Evander Kane, who has already played a key role in the one game - and win - he has been with the team.
In Tuesday's game against the Oilers, the Sharks started out slow, but picked up the pace as they went on. Of course, the pace wasn't higher than in the second period, where the home team scored four straight goals - the first two assisted by Kane. Joe Pavelski had a four point night (one goal, three assists) while Timo Meier recorded a career-high nine shots on goal.
The Sharks look to keep up that offensive pace tonight as they try to stave off the other surging Pacific Division teams and secure their spot in the playoffs during the final month of the season.
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This morning was an optional skate for the San Jose Sharks. Everyone took the ice for some bit of time. No sight of Forward Joel Ward yet but, coach Peter DeBoer said he is making great progress. Additionally, DeBoer noted that new-comer Eric Fehr will be out for tonight's game with a minor lower-body injury. That puts Marcus Sorensen back in the lineup on left wing with Goodrow back to center and Karlsson on right wing.