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Where will Moore fit in?

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Where will Moore fit in?

TAMPA Now that the Sharks have Dominic Moore in the fold, the next obvious question is, where will he fit in?Well find out what the coaching staff has in mind soon enough as the Sharks play in Carolina tonight, but here are my thoughts.First, lets talk Tommy Wingels. The Sharks rookie forward had another dynamic game in Tampa Bay last night, in what was his second game back after a nine-game absence with a left shoulder injury. Wingels scored the tying goal late in the third on a great set up by Logan Couture, but also generated Marc-Edouard Vlasics second period marker after driving hard behind the net and trying a wrap-around that eventually squirted out to Vlasic in the slot.RELATED: Tommy Wingels game logs
Wingels played nearly 18 minutes on a line with Couture and Ryane Clowe, and I would be very surprised if he doesnt line up there again tonight against the Hurricanes.Moore was centering the third line for the Lightning just before the trade, which is obviously where Michal Handzus has been all season for the Sharks. In fact, the Handzus-Jamie McGinn-Torrey Mitchell line has been together for virtually the entire year, and is the only line that hasnt been tinkered with on a fairly regular basis.Mitchell has been inconsistent, so theres a good chance Moore takes his place on the wing. Mitchell isnt a fourth line player, either, so for those of you assuming its John McCarthy that comes out, I think McLellan leaves that fourth line of McCarthy, Andrew Desjardins and Brad Winchester together while Mitchell sitting is the more likely scenario.One place well definitely see Moore is on the penalty kill. He averages an even two minutes a game while shorthanded, and his presence could mean that a guy like Joe Pavelski could get a break in that department. The Sharks said before the season that theyd like their scoring forwards to not have to waste energy while killing penalties, yet guys like Pavelski (1:39 per game shorthanded), Patrick Marleau (1:30) and Couture (1:14) all take regular shorthanded shifts.RELATED: Dominic Moore game logs
One thing to keep in mind, too the Sharks will have to make a roster move when Jason Demers is ready to come off of injured reserve, which will be soon. That could mean McCarthy gets reassigned to Worcester, or the team will have to take a chance by putting Benn Ferriero on waivers.All that being said, how would you use the newest Shark, Dominic Moore?

Time is now for Sharks to experiment with new lines

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Time is now for Sharks to experiment with new lines

The San Jose Sharks were shut out for the first time this season on Thursday night, but it sure didn't feel like it.

You’d be forgiven, albeit mistaken, if you didn't think the loss was their first goose egg of the season. San Jose’s been one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league this year, and has scored two or fewer goals in all but two of their six games in November.

The Sharks controlled play, but their raw possession numbers were misleading: Through the first two periods, San Jose was outshot 23-18, and poured it on in the third looking for the game-tying goal.

In order to break out of his team’s extended slump, head coach Peter DeBoer appeared to throw his lines in the proverbial blender. The changes weren't very significant, though, as DeBoer worked mostly around the edges.

Joe Thornton remained with Joe Pavelski, while Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier rotated in on their wing. Joonas Donskoi swapped in with Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl, and on and on.

The core pair of each line remained intact, while DeBoer swapped complimentary wingers. Subtle changes, unsurprisingly, didn't lead to drastically different results.

He’s been amenable to bigger changes at times, briefly breaking up longtime linemates Thornton and Pavelski last Sunday against Los Angeles. The bottom six, especially the fourth line, has mostly been a revolving door.

That's a start, but far from enough. 

As long as the Sharks struggle to score, similarly significant changes are in order.

DeBoer shouldn't want to sacrifice the team’s defensive dominance, or its strong possession game. But, the Sharks haven't scored enough through 17 games to justify using the same forward combinations. 

In Thornton and Pavelski’s case, those struggles date back to last season. For just about everyone else, the sample size is getting increasingly more significant as the season approaches the quarter pole.

The Sharks bench boss expressed a willingness to mix up his power play units earlier this week, and needs to do the same at even strength. It's time to try Pavelski on Couture's wing, Meier on Thornton's, or any number of permutations.

Tweaking around the edges hasn't made much of a difference, so far more comprehensive adjustments are not only welcome, but necessary. Of course, DeBoer may not find the perfect lineup solutions.

At this point, though, it's worth a shot. It's hard to imagine the Sharks scoring any less than they have so far this season, and the Sharks need to explore if any line changes can provide a remedy.

Luongo picks up a career first in Panthers win over Sharks

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Luongo picks up a career first in Panthers win over Sharks

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SAN JOSE — Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for his 74th career shutout and the Florida Panthers blanked the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Thursday night on goals by Colton Sceviour and Nick Bjugstad.

Florida coach Bob Boughner won in his return to San Jose. He served as an assistant coach for the Sharks the last two years.

Luongo earned his first shutout of the season and first in 32 games against San Jose.

Martin Jones was nearly as good for the Sharks. He stopped 26 shots, but that wasn't enough to keep the Panthers from winning for the seventh time in their last eight trips to San Jose.

Sharks defenseman Tim Heed had a goal disallowed on a coach's challenge a little less than five minutes into the second period. Replays showed he came into contact with the puck just behind the blue line, making the play offside.

San Jose had another goal overturned after a replay review. Brent Burns took a hard shot that Luongo nearly caught but couldn't handle and it bounced along his pads. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was one of three Sharks trying to poke at the puck and he used his stick to push both the puck and Luongo's pad into the net.

Sceviour scored a minute into the second after digging out the puck along the boards behind the net. He skated around the cage and poked a shot that hit Jones' pads. He took a second shot that got over the goalie's pads and went in.

Sceviour has four points in six games since returning from injury. He had two points in his first six games this season.

The Panthers, who have won three of four, added an insurance goal with less than eight minutes remaining. Radim Vrbata intercepted a pass in the Sharks zone and played it to Jamie McGinn, who got Jones to commit before dishing to Bjugstad for the score.

NOTES: Panthers C Michael Haley received a warm ovation from Sharks fans. He played in San Jose the last couple of years. ... Sharks D Paul Martin missed his 15th game with a lower-body injury, though he has been skating pain-free for the past two weeks. ... Florida center Vincent Trocheck has 12 points in his last 10 games. ... The Sharks have not scored on their past 15 power plays.

UP NEXT

Panthers: At the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

Sharks: Host the Boston Bruins on Saturday.