San Jose Sharks Weekly Roundup

Feb 19, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (48) is congratulated by teammates forward Joel Ward (42) and forward Patrick Marleau (12) after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 19, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (48) is congratulated by teammates forward Joel Ward (42) and forward Patrick Marleau (12) after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /
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Doug Wilson kicks off the week in style by making a move with the trade deadline approaching.

The San Jose Sharks are in the midst of their final extended road trip of the season and they’ve continued to play very well away from home ice. Thus far, the Sharks are 2-1 on their five-game trek with a pair of games remaining before returning to SAP Center.

San Jose is in a good position to make the postseason, but they are still pushing to catch the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks atop the Pacific Division.

It was another busy week of exciting Sharks hockey and get caught up on all the news and notes in this week’s roundup:

– General manager Doug Wilson was busy on Monday morning acquiring some key depth pieces to help bolster San Jose for the stretch run. In a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Sharks got Roman Polak and Nick Spaling in exchange for a pair of second round picks (2017, 2018) and Raffi Torres.

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– After beginning their road trip against three Eastern Conference foes, San Jose will face two different tests in the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. The Blues like to play a punishing, physical-style of hockey, while the Avalanche are a team built on speed and transition hockey. It should make for an interesting couple of games to wrap things up.

– The Sharks began their five-game road trip with a matchup against the defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning. After an even 40 minutes of play, San Jose used goals from Matt Nieto and Melker Karlsson in the final frame to secure a 4-2 win.

– San Jose continued their swing through Florida with a matchup against a surprising Panthers team who sits atop the Atlantic Division. It wasn’t the best game visually with the two teams combining for less than 40 shots on goal, but Martin Jones made some big stops between the pipes. The Sharks used shootout goals from Joonas Donskoi and Joe Pavelski to take home a 2-1 victory.

– Playing their third game in four nights and the second of a back-to-back, the Sharks were unable to get their game going against the Hurricanes. Jeff Skinner scored twice in the third period as Carolina downed the San Jose 5-2 to snap a three-game winning streak for the boys in teal.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic remains one of the most underrated defensemen in all the NHL. The Sharks shutdown blue liner has expanded his offensive production this season as he continues his evolution as an all-around player.

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San Jose returns to the ice tonight as they are set to battle the Blues for the second time this month in St. Louis. The Sharks will look to avoid consecutive losses for the first time since the beginning of January as they try to keep pace in the Pacific Division.