It can be argued that the Sharks (35-19-1) are about to embark on their toughest road trip of the season.
Starting off with a come-from-behind 3-2 win in Anaheim this past Wednesday, the Sharks will now travel to St. Louis to face the Blues (22-25-9). The Sharks are 2-1 against the Blues this season but each game has been close, with the biggest difference in any contest coming with the Sharks 2-0 victory Nov. 28.
The next day, San Jose will face the Nashville Predators (38-16-3). The Predators lead the Western Conference with 79 points and have a lot to play for since they lead Detroit by just one point.
The same can be said for the Sharks, however, since Dallas trails San Jose by one point. Meanwhile, the Sharks are moving in on Anaheim as the Ducks are in a mini slump and only lead San Jose by three points, playing 56 games while the Sharks have only played 55.
On less than a two day break, the Sharks will travel to the Eastern Time Zone to face the Columbus Blue Jackets (22-29-5) on Feb. 16. Two days later, Feb. 18, the Sharks travel back to Central Time Zone, and play arguably the most important game of the entire road trip against Dallas.
The Sharks are well aware of the Stars presence as the last time Dallas was in San Jose they swept the Sharks in back-to-back games at HP Pavilion. Dallas has won three straight and just acquired left wing Ladislav Nagy from the Phoenix Coyotes.
Following their game against Dallas, the Sharks will travel back to the Eastern Time Zone for their only meeting this season against the Eastern Conference’s Washington Capitals (23-26-8).
For the final two games of the road trip, the Sharks will travel back to Chicago (22-27-7) before making their way out west to Calgary (29-19-8).
Eight teams, six time zones, and 16 important points in front of the Sharks on the longest road trip of the season.