The Weekly Macklin Celebrini Watch: Chicago Blackhawks Barely Leading In The Race For Best NHL Draft Lottery Odds

The San Jose Sharks remain a point behind the Blackhawks.

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The Sharks meanwhile have four games this week.

They finish up a road back-to-back against Minnesota tonight. The Wild are eight points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the final Western Conference Wild Card spot. Minnesota has lost three straight.

The Sharks then return home for a three-game homestand. They host the Stars on Tuesday, The New York Islanders on Thursday, and then wrap up the homestand against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

The Stars are still sitting atop the Central Division. The Islanders are chasing the Tampa Bay Lightning for the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot. So the Sharks have three games where picking up a victory or a tie is going to be tough.

They have an excellent chance to get two points in the standings when the Senators come to town. Ottawa is in the middle of a four-game losing skid and is 3-6-1 over the past 10 games. The Senators are currently in the sixth spot in the NHL Lottery Draft standings. That game will be Ottawa's wrap-up to a four-game road trip with three of them coming on the West Coast. It will also be the Senators' third game in four days.

That is a prime game for the Sharks to win and pick up two points.

Can the San Jose Sharks get worse at the NHL Trade Deadline?

Yes, they can. Unlike the Blackhawks, the Sharks have players that contenders will want.

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, defenseman Mario Ferraro, forwards Anthony Duclair, Mike Hoffman, Alexander Barabanov, and Kevin Labanc, along with center Mikael Granlund all could be traded before the March 8th deadline. Although Barabanov is currently injured.

Trading away all those players allows the Sharks to be like the Blackhawks after last year's deadline when the Hawks barely won.

While the Hawks did not end up with the best odds for Connor Bedard after trading away the bulk of the roster, it did help make sure Chicago would be in the top three.

Also, there were a lot of terrible teams last year trying to tank for Bedard. This year it is the Hawks and the Sharks who are truly awful. San Jose trading away players would not crash the team down in the standings like with what happened to the Hawks last year.

The Sharks are only better than the Blackhawks and no one else. The Blackhawks had enough talent last year where it got to the point that everyone was afraid they were winning too much.

This would not be the case for the Sharks this year.