SAN JOSE After a complete day off from the rink on Sunday, the Sharks are left with three full days to prepare for the last game of their homestand against Detroit. They are 3-1-1 through the first five games, and will try to end it on a high note when the Red Wings make their first of two visits to HP Pavilion on Thursday night.
They are left with a sour taste in their mouths from Saturdays 3-0 loss to Phoenix, the second time this year the Sharks have been held off of the scoreboard.
The team has practice scheduled at Sharks Ice at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Weve got to get back to work Monday. We have to work, said Ryane Clowe after Saturdays game. It seems like every time you lose, every negative creeps in. Its good for us to get a couple days here to actually start skating in practice a bit.
Clowe mentioned skating, which Todd McLellan could certainly utilize to reflect his unhappiness with Saturday. Theres another part of the game he wants to make sure is sharper for Thursday, though, as well.
Sometimes when youre winning, and we have won a lot lately, the game gets away on you a little bit. We have to tighten some things up. Well start with the minds, and then go from there, he said.
Regardless of what the coach and players want to accomplish this week, Dan Boyle points out that days off can be welcome for guys that are battling some bumps and bruises that occur with a busy schedule.
Breaks are good for some guys that are hurting or may be sick. Its beneficial for those guys. For other guys, its not, he said. Some of us will take advantage of it.