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The San Jose Sharks are glad to be back home for an extended period. Perhaps it will get their struggling offense going.San Jose opens a five-game homestand and a stretch of seven of eight at SAP Center on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils, who are dealing with their own problems trying to generate offense.The Sharks are coming off a 3-3-0 road trip -- their longest of the season. Things started well with 10 goals scored in wins over the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. They followed by tallying only four goals in losses to the Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues and Arizona Coyotes.Joe Pavelski, who had two goals and two assists on the trip, said playing at home for the first time since Nov. 5 and for a long period will be good for the team.(Well) spend a little bit of time (at home) and try to create that home-ice advantage, he told the CSN Bay Area website. We havent had much time there. Theres a little bit of disconnect from the fans just because weve been gone.We want to get back there, we want to get the crowd going where we score a goal and the place erupts on your side. Those are good feelings.That was certainly the case early in the season when San Jose won four in a row, but open this homestand trying to avoid a third consecutive loss in northern California.San Jose (9-8-1) is near the top of the Pacific Division despite having one of the more lackluster offensive units in the league. San Jose has scored just 41 goals so far, one more than New Jersey.Pavelski is tied with Brent Burns for the team lead with six goals, but Burns has failed to score in four straight. Joe Thornton has only two goals and none in his last five games, and Patrick Marleau has scored four goals with one coming in his past eight games. Thornton and Marleau have combined for 16 goals, including five game-winners, and 18 assists versus the Devils.I think all the guys in here have high expectations as far as how we want to play. I think guys put a lot of pressure on themselves, Sharks defenseman Paul Martin told CSN Bay Area.Another player whos struggled is Tomas Hertl, who set career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists last season, but has only four goals and five assists through 17 games. Hertl suffered an injury against the Blues, and may need knee surgery.The Devils are 1-2-0 on their four-game road trip and will be trying to leave California with a win. After defeating the Dallas Stars in overtime on Tuesday, New Jersey dropped a one-goal decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday before falling 4-2 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.New Jersey (9-5-3) has failed to score more than 197 goals in each of the last four seasons and is on pace for about 172 this season. The addition of Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers was meant to address the lack of goal scoring, but a knee injury is expected to sideline him until mid-December. Michael Cammalleri (three goals) remains day-to-day for personal reasons.With Hall and Cammalleri out, that leaves journeyman P.A. Parenteau as the teams leading goal scorer with five. Defenseman Damon Severson also leads the Devils with nine assists and 12 points.We need more performances from the players who are here, Devils coach John Hynes said after the loss to the Kings.One player Hynes could be targeting with that statement is Kyle Palmieri. Playing in his first season with the Devils in 2015-16, Palmieri had career bests with 30 goals and 27 assists in 82 games. Hes slumped to three goals and four assists in 17 games, and played just 15 shifts against Los Angeles -- his fewest this season.New Jersey also has failed to score a power-play goal in its last eight games, going 0-for-26 in that stretch.On the bright side, New Jersey has won two straight at SAP Center by a combined 8-2 score. That includes a 30-save shutout by Keith Kinkaid in the Devils 3-0 win on March 10.Kinkaid, who has not played since Nov. 11, is 2-0-1 with a 1.65 goals-against average as Cory Schneiders backup. Dansby Swanson Jersey . Jane Virtanen scored two, and Alex Roach and Elliott Peterson rounded out the offence for the Hitmen (40-15-6). Brady Brassart chipped in with three assists. Colton McCarthy scored twice, Brayden Point had a goal and two assists, and Jack Rodewald also scored for the Warriors (15-35-9), who were 2 for 5 on the power play. Chipper Jones Braves Jersey . -- An ugly goal by Nick Bonino helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome the defensive-minded Phoenix Coyotes on a night when their ragged power play continued to struggle. . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. Bobby Cox Jersey . The Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers all won on Sunday meaning the Rangers will host the Rays in a play-in game on Monday. Kevin Gausman Braves Jersey . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. The teams that finished at the bottom of college basketballs power conferences in 2016 are looking for early signs this year will be different.The number of Power Five teams with at least 15 league regular-season losses has doubled from four in 2012-13 to eight last year: Boston College and Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference; the Big 12s Oklahoma State and TCU; the Big Tens Minnesota and Rutgers; Missouri in the Southeastern Conference; and the Pac-12s Washington State.That group is off to a 29-7 start through Tuesdays games and desperate to build momentum in the seasons opening month.ESPN analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas said more teams sliding so far back in their leagues -- whether due to a brief dip or long-running struggles -- illustrates how climbing the standings is harder now than its ever been after realignment created bigger and tougher conferences.If you dont make the (NCAA Tournament) in a certain number of years, the coach is getting fired in these big leagues, Bilas said. The next guy gets four or five years and they fire him. Then all of a sudden youve got a 14-year drought. Its hard.---A look at those teams:BOSTON COLLEGEInjuries, youth and what BC coach Jim Christian called a piecemeal roster led to an 0-18 ACC record and a 7-25 mark for a program with one winning season since firing Al Skinner in 2010. Picked last in the ACC again, the Eagles (3-1) lost their home opener to Nicholls State.It cant be done overnight, Christian said. So its going to have to be done by getting the right kind of guys, getting them in the system they believe in and letting them grow together.MINNESOTAIts been bumpy for Richard Pitino, whose Gophers slid from 25 wins to 18 and then eight in his three seasons. Off-court incidents have also led to several player departures.With six new players, the Gophers have started 5-0 amid pressure on Pitino to show progress.Last year was very, very difficult for everybody, Pitino said. Those returners, theyve got pride. They want to show people what were all about.MISSOURIMissouri is on shaky footing under third-year coach Kim Anderson, though it did take highly ranked Xavier to overtime last week.The Tigers (2-2) have finished 3-15 in the SEC for two straight years and sat out last years postseason due to a self-imposed ban for NCAA violations under Frank Haith. Several players have also left or were dismissed in the past year.OKLAHOMA STATEThe Cowboys appear to be more of a oone-year outlier in this group.ddddddddddddnjuries to Big 12 freshman of the year Jawun Evans and Phil Forte led to a 3-15 league mark after five NCAA trips in seven years.Under new coach Brad Underwood, Evans ranks among the nations best by averaging 27 points in an offense averaging nearly 99 points. Picked seventh in the Big 12, Oklahoma State started 4-0 and beat Connecticut in the Maui Invitational before losing to fourth-ranked North Carolina late Tuesday.RUTGERSThe Scarlet Knights havent been to the NCAAs since 1991 while their last winning record came in 2006. Now they have their seventh coach since the last NCAA trip in Steve Pikiell and a 3-33 two-year record in the Big Ten.The good news: Rutgers (4-0) entered Wednesdays game against North Texas with its best start since going 5-0 in 2001.TCUFormer Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon is increasing tempo and having success on the recruiting trail for his alma mater, which is off to a 4-0 start. Still, its going to be a long climb for the Horned Frogs, who havent been to the NCAAs since 1998, own an 8-64 Big 12 record in four seasons and are picked last again.WAKE FORESTThe Demon Deacons beat Indiana, UCLA, Arkansas and LSU in nonconference play, but their young roster couldnt stop a 2-16 freefall in ACC play -- most notably by blowing a 10-point late lead and losing on a banked-in buzzer shot to then-No. 11 Virginia.In its third year under Danny Manning, Wake Forest (4-1) entered Wednesdays game against Coastal Carolina averaging 86.4 points with their only loss coming to reigning NCAA champion Villanova.WASHINGTON STATEThe Cougars (3-2) were a Top 25 program under Tony Bennett, but they havent been to the NCAAs since Bennett left for Virginia in 2009. Now third-year coach Ernie Kent is coming off a 1-17 season in Pac-12 play.Its a year we need to make a positive step, and were well aware of that, Kent said during last weeks Paradise Jam tournament. Its not a make-or-break year for us. We know what were doing and we know where were going.---AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis; and AP freelancer Bill Kiser in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands contributed to this report.---Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at AP college basketball at and ' ' '

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