What changed?: Examining the Sharks' schizophrenic season

Following a perfect opening month, the Sharks have yet to win a game in February. What's gone wrong and what can the team do to fix it?

The month of January was a remarkable one. Despite beginning with overwhelming uncertainty still clouding the possibility of an NHL season, it ended with the Sharks sporting a flawless 7-0-0 record as the final undefeated team standing in the league. When San Jose hosted Chicago on February 5th, despite having dropped two in a row at that point, it felt like a legitimate collision of conference heavyweights. While they went on to lose an enthralling contest highlighted by the clubs trading three goals apiece in the first period, an argument that the Sharks were the better team that night wouldn't have been without merit.

No one can make that argument about Friday night's rematch between the Sharks and Blackhawks.