Team Teal may have opened the season 0-2-0, but since that time they have been displaying the expected form of the defending Pacific Division champions. San Jose has posted a 3-0-1 mark in their last four contests, including a three-game winning streak and taking a point out of Detroit, the NHL's points leader in the early going.
"We're pleased to get the point," said Wayne Primeau. "We would have liked two, but Detroit is not an easy team to play nor is it an easy place to play."
When clubs hit overtime, depending on the opponent and the time of year, once a point is earned, there are risks taken that wouldn't be during the initial 60 minutes.
"Once you know you have the point, you take more chances to get the win and sometimes the puck goes your way and sometimes it doesn't," said Primeau.
Eight of eight would have been nice, but San Jose has still taken seven of the last eight available points and they hope to take even more points during the current six-game trek.
"The last four games we've jelled a lot better," said Primeau. "We started 0-2, but we know we have a good team and that we will be successful."
It won't get any easier as the trip continues. Other stop include Nashville, who topped San Jose 3-2 in the season opener, is currently undefeated and Pacific Division leading Dallas and Los Angeles (they hold a one point lead on San Jose) are on the docket. In addition, there are the always difficult Minnesota Wild (who are tied with San Jose with seven points) and Columbus Blue Jackets.
"You can't look too far ahead," said Primeau. "We're not taking anybody lightly. Next we have Minnesota and they are off to a great start and have one of the better coaches in the league."
San Jose actually led Nashville 2-1 entering the third period in Music City back on October 5, but couldn't hold on.
"In Nashville, we could have gotten at least one point, but we learned our lesson," said Primeau.
When this trip concludes, San Jose will have completed nearly 25 percent of their road schedule, which would set them up with a schedule weighted toward HP Pavilion the rest of the way.
"It is better to get out on the road early," said Primeau. "As the season goes on, you want home games and closer trips so your legs will be fresher."
San Jose travels to Nashville, Detroit and Columbus twice each season and they are the Western Conference clubs who sit furthest from Silicon Valley. Following this trip, four of those six contests will already be completed.
With the Sharks aiming to take two points in St. Paul Wednesday night, two Minnesota natives will be joining the lineup.
Josh Langfeld, who is from Coon Rapids, will be making his Sharks debut after signing as a free agent this summer. Coon Rapids has another Bay Area tie as it is the birthplace of Oakland A's first baseman Dan Johnson.
Defenseman Tom Preissing, whose hometown is Rosemount, MN, is expected to return to the lineup.
San Jose Goaltending Coach Warren Strelow still can't travel to the Bay Area following kidney transplant surgery two years ago and the complications that followed. However, due to the Sharks overnight stop in the Twin Cities, he was able to entertain some old friends.
STURM STILL SCORING
Marco Sturm's goal in Detroit pushed his point scoring streak to six.
San Jose will faceoff against the Minnesota Wild at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The game can be seen on FSN Bay Area and can be heard on the Sharks Radio Network and at sjsharks.com. Tickets for the next home game on Saturday, October 29 can be purchased at the HP Pavilion Box Office or at ticketmaster.com.