In case it was not yet clear, Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Avalanche reiterated a fundamental fact about the Sharks: Scoring is an issue.

They won’t face Jonathan Bernier every game, but they’re not going to score five goals per game, either, as they did 13 days ago against the Rangers. San Jose scored 10 goals on its five-game road trip sans Joe Thornton, and only six in five-on-five situations.

That’s 1.43 goals per 60 minutes of five-on-five play, according to Natural Stat Trick, and only bumps up to 1.98 goals per 60 if you include San Jose’s last game before the All-Star break. Even with Thornton, the Sharks only scored 2.11 goals per 60 minutes of five-on-five play, the league's 26th-best rate.

With the trade deadline less than three weeks away, the Sharks have unsurprisingly been linked to scoring forwards, including with the aforementioned Rangers. The New York Post first listed San Jose as a possible destination for winger Rick Nash when they reported last month that New York would look to trade its pending free agents.