The Sharks are hoping time away from home will help them get back on track as they begin a six-game road trip today against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After winning all seven of its games in January, San Jose has yet to pick up a victory this month, going 0-2-2 — with three of the setbacks coming at home. The Sharks have scored a total of five goals during their winless stretch after tallying 27 times during their winning streak.
Columbus will be completing a season-high six-game homestand during which it has gone 1-3-1. After splitting the first two contests, the Blue Jackets are winless in their last three as they dropped a 3-1 decision to Edmonton on Sunday despite outshooting the Oilers 40-14.
While San Jose’s penalty kill has been outstanding of late, its power play has struggled mightily. The Sharks have successfully killed 33 consecutive penalties over their last eight games and are third in the league at 89.6 percent. After beginning the season with streaks of five games with a goal and six with a point, left wing Patrick Marleau has been kept off the scoresheet in each of the last five contests. Captain Joe Thornton also is in a five-game drought after opening the campaign with a six-game point streak.