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, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks head back to the Midwest for their final road trip of the season looking like a far different team than the one that stumbled its way through a tour of the Central Division just last month.They have the midseason additions of Evander Kane and Eric Fehr to thank for that.With Kane provide a scoring threat and physical play as a top-line wing and Fehr solidifying the fourth line and penalty kill, the Sharks are playing as well as anyone in the NHL down the stretch with a seven-game winning streak that is the team’s longest in five years.During this streak, they have managed to win wide-open games as well as tight checking ones and have managed to negate the speed of teams such as Vegas as well as deal with more physical play like they had Saturday in a 5-1 win over Calgary.”I think that’s something we’re trying to pride ourselves on,” defenseman Brenden Dillon said. ”Playoffs you’re going to meet all sorts of teams, speed teams, teams that can play hard down low. I think we’ve got the personnel that we’re able to match up with those. We’re doing things in practice to prepare for them.”The Sharks are in prime position with just two weeks left in the regular season. They have moved within six points of first-place Vegas in the Pacific Division with seven games remaining, giving them an outside shot at a division title. But perhaps more importantly, they entered Sunday six points ahead of Anaheim and Los Angeles in the race for home-ice advantage in the first round.It’s a far cry from last March when a six-game losing streak cost San Jose a chance at the division title and the team was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by Edmonton. Now they’re playing their best hockey in March.”We’re a desperate team,” Kane said. ”We need all the points we can get. We haven’t clinched a playoff spot yet. The teams that are right behind us keep winning. We have to keep pushing forward and keep picking up points as we close out the season in order to secure a spot. It’s good to get in that playoff mindset right now.”Kane has provided a major lift since his arrival in a deadline deal with Buffalo on Feb. 26. He has stepped onto the top line with center Joe Pavelski and provided a scoring threat and some needed toughness to help make up for the absence of Joe Thornton, who has missed two months with a knee injury. Thornton has started skating again, but there is no timetable for his return.Kane has seven goals and five assists while helping the Sharks to a NHL-best 10-2 record since he arrived. The team is scoring 4.2 goals per game with Kane in the lineup after scoring just 2.8 goals per game before he arrived.”He’s a crucial part to our team,” center Chris Tierney said. ”You can see how much he brings Paul Thompson Jersey Womens
, whether it’s the physicality side or the goal scoring. He adds a lot of depth to us and he’s been great for us so far. Just gives us an extra layer of everything.”While Kane’s play has gotten most of the attention, the addition of Fehr just a week earlier has also had a big impact. Fehr has filled a hole at fourth-line center, allowing coach Peter DeBoer the freedom to roll through his lines without fear of mismatches, and added an accomplished penalty killer to a unit that ranks second best in the NHL.That line has even provided an offensive boost of late, especially since Jannik Hansen moved back into the lineup alongside Fehr and Barclay Goodrow after Joonas Donskoi went down with a shoulder injury.All three fourth-liners scored goals in a win last Tuesday against New Jersey and Hansen added another in the homestand finale on Saturday against Calgary after failing to score any goals in his first 39 games this season.”It always helps when you’re helping out and you’re producing,” said Hansen, who was a healthy scratch for long portions of the season.”It gets you momentum, it makes you feel good about the game. The puck doesn’t bounce as much, stuff like that. Obviously whenever we can chip in it’s a big part. We want to roll four lines and the fourth line is a part of that.”— RALEIGH, N.C. — Two teams sorting through issues on the offensive end meet when the Boston Bruins visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night at PNC Arena.For the Bruins, it’s a matter of recovering after a shutout loss.For Carolina, it’s doing something about a power play that has gone to waste too often.Article continues below ...A 3-0 home loss Saturday night to the Montreal Canadiens came without the crisp play that the Bruins have shown they’re capable of producing.“We did not execute well enough Troy Brouwer Jersey Womens
,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said.The Hurricanes went 0-for-3 on power plays in Sunday’s 2-1 home loss to the New York Islanders. That dips Carolina to 4-for-38 on power plays this season.“Pucks are going to go in at some point,” coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “The whole group, we get a bounce here or there (and it’s a different feeling).”Carolina captain Justin Williams said the lingering misfortune on power plays is something that needs to be turned around.“Yes, we deserved better,” Williams said. “Players out there have to make plays. … It’s no secret formula. We have to find a way to get one on special teams every night. We need just a little bit more.”For some reason, the Hurricanes often have been full of quality chances in 5-on-5 situations, but those tend to be more spotty when they’re skating with a man advantage.“Maybe we just need to relax and make some plays there,” Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho said. “Sometimes when we have a chance to shoot, we pass. We’ve got to work on it. We have to outwork them on (power plays). We do a good job with that 5-on-5.”Otherwise, Aho has had few difficulties and he’ll go for outright possession of a team record in the Boston game.Aho holds a share of a franchise record with at least one point in the first 11 games of the season.“There’s probably lots of reasons,” Aho said. “You get a lot of confidence there, good linemates.”To keep the streak http://www.officialavalanche.com/authentic-adidas-sven-andrighetto-jersey
, Aho probably will have to convert against Boston goalie Jaroslav Halak, who’s 3-0-2 this season.The Hurricanes could turn to goalie Scott Darling for his season debut. This will be the team’s third game since he was activated last week. He was out since suffering a groin injury in the preseason finale.Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk is doubtful to play after he suffered a lower-body injury against Montreal. He didn’t practice Monday.On the plus side, it could be the season debut for Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, who has been out since the preseason with a left foot injury.“If (Cassidy) makes the decision to put me in, I’m going to be ready,” Krug said. “I don’t feel 100 percent, but I feel about as good as I could for the circumstances. … I’m excited to be part of the group again.”The Bruins recalled forward Colby Cave from Providence of the American Hockey League.Boston went 3-0-0 last season against the Hurricanes, with one of the outcomes in overtime.This caps a three-game homestand for Carolina, which doesn’t return home until Nov. 10.