San Jose Sharks Keeping Pace Atop Pacific Division


The Sharks are holding steady in the Pacific as they try and hunt down their SoCal rivals.

With just 24 games remaining in the 2015-16 regular season, the San Jose Sharks find themselves in a great position to make the postseason. However, team teal has their sights set on the division crown as they try to overtake their hated rivals to the South.

Following their 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues last night, San Jose sits in third place with 69 points, just three points behind the Kings and only one point behind the Ducks. All three teams have played 58 games to this point so it will certainly make for an exciting close to the regular season as they all battle it out to see who can avoid each other in the first round.

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Stock Up: The Anaheim Ducks continue to be on an absolute tear as there is no stopping them at the moment. Anaheim has won five consecutive contests and during the month of February, they have put together a startling 9-1-1 record.

The key to the Ducks resurgence has been their ability to find the back of the net again as they’ve scored 24 goals over their last five games. Ryan Getzlaf has rediscovered his scoring touch with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) this month.

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While the Sharks haven’t been quite as good as the Ducks, they’re still playing very solid hockey, posting a 6-3-1 record this month. What’s been impressive about San Jose is they’ve done most of their work on the road in February as eight of their 10 games thus far have been away from SAP Center.

Leading the way for the Sharks is the ageless wonder Joe Thornton, who was spectacular with two goals and two assists against the Blues. He is now tied for the team-lead in points with Joe Pavelski at 55.

Stock Down: The Los Angeles Kings were able to snap a three-game losing streak, but they’ve basically played .500 hockey for the past couple months.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks have sputtered as they try to remain on the fringe of the playoff race. Both teams have won just three of their last 10 games as the Coyotes are now six points out of the final wild card spot, while the Canucks are eight.

Finally, it’s been rough stretch for the Edmonton Oilers who have really fallen on hard times, dropping four-straight games and seven of their past eight. The return of Connor McDavid hasn’t been able to help the Oilers who will find themselves in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes come draft time.

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The Sharks have one last game on this five-game road trip as they take on the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night before returning home for a matchup with Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres.