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Barabanov rising, Duclair struggling amid Sharks' losing skid

Barabanov rising, Duclair struggling amid Sharks' losing skid originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Editor's Note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California’s Sharks coverage. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at @Sheng_Peng.

The Sharks joined some unfortunate franchise company with their 10th straight loss, a 2-1 nailbiter to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at SAP Center.

Alexander Barabanov scored the lone goal for Team Teal. Mackenzie Blackwood made a strong return from an illness, stopping 28 of 30 shots in his first appearance since before Christmas.

However, it’s the Sharks’ second double-digit losing streak this season, after San Jose started the year 0-10-1. It’s just the second time in franchise history that they’ve had a double-digit losing streak twice or more in a season: The 1992-93 Sharks had three double-digit losing streaks in the team’s sophomore campaign.

We’re not even halfway through this year, so there’s still plenty of time for these Sharks to catch up to that 11-win squad.

For what it’s worth, San Jose seems close to snapping their skid, as their last three losses have all been one-goal games late.

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