SAN JOSE -- His team's power play has dropped out of the NHL's top 10, and its penalty kill is in the NHL's bottom half.

So it really isn't a surprise that Sharks coach Todd McLellan is devoting two full practices between games to special teams.

"Players just have to be reminded that these are the things we do, this is how we do them," McLellan said. "If the other team can beat us at it, then we'll adjust. But right now, that's not the case. We're beating ourselves in some of those situations."

Monday, the team worked on improving a penalty kill that has given up a goal in four of its past six games. Entering play Monday, the Sharks were tied for 17th in the NHL at 82.3 percent.

Purcell (16) in front of San Jose Sharks’ goaltender Antti Niemi (31) in the first period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 21,
Purcell (16) in front of San Jose Sharks' goaltender Antti Niemi (31) in the first period at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Tuesday, the Sharks will focus on a power play on a 0-for-11 skid that had dropped them from a respectable eighth-best in the NHL with a 21.4 percent success rate to 13th at 19.6 percent.

"Just going over things that we did well at the start of the year that we haven't done so well lately -- our intensity, our clears, our plays on faceoffs and times for pressure," Logan Couture said of the penalty-kill drills. "We were pressuring the other team's power plays at certain times, and we've gotten away from that lately."

McLellan was most critical of his team's three power-play attempts in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night, saying it "took a lot of life and energy out of our team."


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"A lot of times, especially that New Jersey game, we're getting pucks on our sticks and holding onto it, not making the right plays," McLellan added Monday. "That's the big thing."

One change McLellan does plan to make is return Brent Burns to the Sharks' second power-play unit. Monday, he replaced Tommy Wingels alongside Marty Havlat and Tomas Hertl.

Dan Boyle said part of the power-play problem is that "when a team has success against us, other teams watch tapes and try to emulate."

"Teams have been playing us pretty hard," Boyle said. "Obviously, we need to be a little cleaner breaking the puck out. Last game was probably the worst we've had in a long time. But at the end of the day it's about scoring goals, and we've been spending too much of the time skating back into our end and bringing the puck out."

The Sharks are off until Wednesday, when they face the Los Angeles Kings.

  • Forbes magazine's annual financial report on NHL teams has the Sharks ranked 13th in overall value at $405 million, an 82 percent increase over 2012 and the second-highest percentage jump in the league.

    No explanation was given for the large increase in San Jose, though the magazine did note that the $320 million price paid for the Devils reflected the inflated value of assets in the overall economy.

    The Sharks and other NHL teams have challenged the Forbes methodology, noting that significant financial documents are not public. Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora was not available for comment Monday.

  • Rookie Matt Nieto was reassigned to Worcester. Nieto had two goals and six points in 19 games with San Jose but had been a scratch the past two as other forwards returned to action after injuries.

    Wednesday's game

    Los Angeles (16-6-3) at Sharks (15-3-5), 7:30 p.m. CSNCA