San Jose Sharks on a feeding frenzy

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San Jose Sharks on a feeding frenzy

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By Edward Soper, SPORTS EDITOR
After a rough start to their 2019-2020 season, the San Jose Sharks have been playing very well recently, and won six straight games until their loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.
During their win streak, San Jose outscored their opponents 28-14. This string of success for the Sharks came against some talented teams, and it is not a stretch to say that the Sharks have returned to playoff relevancy. San Jose is not out of the woods yet and will need to be a tough team to beat going forward if they want to contend for a playoff spot.
The team has been playing hockey with a new sense of motivation as of late and their goaltender, Martin Jones, has been the driving force behind their success. While he hasn’t been outstanding, Jones has done an excellent job of keeping San Jose in a position to win, which allows the team to be more aggressive in the offensive zone. This has proved to be all the team needed, as over their last seven games the team has only scored less than three goals once, in a 2-1 win against the Nashville Predators on Nov 9.
The team is not invincible, however, and we were reminded of this on Tuesday night as the Sharks fell to the visiting Edmonton Oilers 5-2. San Jose’s offense struggled to put together any sustained pressure and the team really needed to lean on their netminder again, but Edmonton’s potent offense proved to be too much for Jones to handle.
The team will look to bounce back against the Golden Knights on Nov. 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada when the puck drops in the desert at 7:00 p.m. The Sharks have yet to beat Vegas this season in two attempts. It is important that the Sharks take advantage of a struggling opponent tonight, as the Pacific Division is going to be tight all season.
This game kicks off a tough stretch for the Sharks that will last until New Year’s Eve. This stretch features games against the Vegas Golden Knights St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Florida Panthers to name a few. The Sharks will need to win a majority of their remaining games in 2019, as too many losses will have them playing catch-up come 2020.