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    导出博客文章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
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    .Y. -- Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Marcus Foligno did not practice with the
    team Monday and head coach Ron Rolston said its unlikely hell play in Wednesdays
    season opener in Detroit. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey will start Sunday
    against the San Diego Padres as he makes his return to the majors following
    Tommy John surgery.The Reds activated Bailey from the disabled list Thursday
    following a rehab assignment. On Friday, they designated him as the Sunday
    starter.I dont think theres anything thats standing in the way, manager Bryan
    Price told reporters. Theres no impediments to how he feels physically. He feels
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