With only one road game over the next two weeks, the San Jose Sharks would seem to have a decent chance of separating themselves from the throng of teams fighting for the last few playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Securing points at HP Pavilion this month, however, hasn't been easy.
The sputtering Sharks try to avoid extending their longest home losing streak of the season to four games Thursday night against the rolling Nashville Predators.
The Predators (41-21-7) appear to be in good position to earn a third straight playoff berth, sitting fifth in the West with 89 points and five ahead of sixth-place Chicago.
San Jose (34-25-10) also looked like it would be playing for the Stanley Cup a month ago, but it is 3-8-4 since Feb. 16 and its playoff chances are in jeopardy. The Sharks concluded a four-game road trip Tuesday with a 3-2 overtime defeat to Calgary, their sixth loss in seven games (1-3-3).
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