San Jose Sharks Send Matt Nieto To Worcester; Work On Special Teams

October 19, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) shoots the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks defeated the Flames 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

October 19, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Matt Nieto (83) shoots the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. The Sharks defeated the Flames 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks sent forward Matt Nieto to their American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester on Monday.

According to CSNBayArea.com, general manager Doug Wilson announced the move. Nieto has two goals and four assists in 19 games and the 20-year-old was a healthy scratch in each of the Sharks’ last two games.

Nieto will get a chance to play more minutes in the AHL, as he made the Sharks’ opening-night roster as a result of some injuries in the preseason.

Nieto hasn’t played since Brett Burns returned from a 13-game absence with an upper body injury.

Meanwhile, the Sharks are placing a special emphasis over the next two practices on special teams, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Sharks are in an 0-for-11 funk on the power play and the team has surrendered a goal while short-handed in four of its last six games.

San Jose ranks 13th in the NHL in power-play efficiency at 19.6 percent and is 17th in penalty killing at 82.3 percent.

Today’s focus was the penalty kill and Tuesday will be all about what to do with the man advantage.

“Just going over things that we did well at the start of the year that we haven’t done so well lately—our intensity, our clears, out plays on faceoffs and times for pressure,” center Logan Couture said. “We were pressuring the other team’s power plays at certain times and we’ve gotten away from that lately.”

Coach Todd McLellan was particularly critical of the job done on the power play in Saturday night’s 2-1 win over New Jersey.

“[It] took a lot of life and energy out of our team,” McLellan said of the lackluster performance on their three chances with the extra man.

The Sharks return to the ice Wednesday night at the SAP Center when they host the Los Angeles Kings for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.

Topics: Matt Nieto, NHL, San Jose Sharks

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