SAN JOSE -- The Sharks may have broken their three-game losing streak with that 2-1 shootout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, but they're still in their offensive doldrums as they face the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.
And while that troubles Coach Todd McLellan, he also focused on what his team did accomplish its last time out.
"We're still concerned," he said after his team's morning skate. "But you have to have the ability to win like we did against Chicago and we may need that again tonight."
Scoring comes in spurts for every team, McLellan added, which is why the Sharks need to show they can win without getting a lot of goals.
"You never know if you get to the playoffs, if you're lucky enough, timing may say that you're going through a bit of a slump," he said. "So can you win games playing strong defensive hockey?"
Joe Thornton leads the team with 55 points, but now has gone four games without a point — his longest scoreless stretch of the season. Linemate Brent Burns has gone 13 games without a goal — his longest drought since being converted from defense to forward in March 2012.
So what does Thornton feel he needs to do to get the line going again?
"We're getting our chances. Just put some finish on the game," he said. "I've been telling Burnzie, we don't need to press. We've been getting good chances. Just stick with it and we'll be OK."
Rookie Matt Nieto again will be the third member of the line when the Sharks face the Flyers. Goalie Antti Niemi is getting the start for San Jose while Philadelphia will have Steve Mason, who has thrown shutouts in two of his past three games, in goal.
Based on lines at the morning skate, it looked as if Tyler Kennedy would be back in the Sharks lineup after missing the past two games with a lower body injury, but McLellan did not confirm that Kennedy was playing.
The Flyers have not beaten the Sharks since Dec. 21, 2000, but McLellan wasn't attaching any significance to his team's 13-game streak without a loss.
"It is a long time, but it's different every year. We're not putting anything into that," he said. "Coches change, players change. In past years we only played them once sometimes, whether it was in our building or their building. There isn't even a story there as far as I'm concerned. It just doesn't exist. We're playing tonight. We'll play later on in the month, and those will be the two games that create a streak or a story."