They were riding high at the end of January, but this month has been a different story for the San Jose Sharks.
Perhaps a visit to the Western Conference-worst Columbus Blue Jackets is just what they need to get back on track.
The Sharks will try to snap a four-game skid on Monday night when they open a six-game road trip against the struggling Blue Jackets.
After averaging 3.86 goals per game during its franchise-best 7-0-0 start, San Jose (7-2-2) has struggled to score while going 0-2-2 over its last four games.
The Sharks were blanked for the first time this season in a 1-0 shootout loss to Phoenix on Saturday, leaving them with just five goals in their last four games.
"We still need to bear down around the net, but there are things we can build upon heading out on the road," captain Joe Thornton said.
It hasn't helped that San Jose has struggled on the power play, scoring once in its last 25 opportunities after going 0 for 4 against the Coyotes.
Patrick Marleau has cooled off a...