ST. LOUIS -- Even as the road team, the Sharks would seem to have an advantage Tuesday night as the St. Louis Blues didn't arrive home from their Monday night game in Ottawa until the wee hours.

But Todd McLellan wasn't conceding that was any edge to his players who caught a break in the schedule and haven't played since Saturday night.

"It's funny," the Sharks coach said after his team's morning skate. "I went back and looked back at our last little streak of games. The Islanders came in on a back to back and that really didn't go too well. Carolina played back to back on the road and that didn't go too well. So we're not counting on it.

"It's us," he added, "not them."

The Sharks have lost five of their last six games, the most recent being a 3-2 defeat in Nashville. McLellan mixed things up at Monday's practice, assigning Logan Couture and Brent Burns the teal-colored jerseys that designate the third and fourth lines. But Tuesday morning, they were in the customary white worn by Top Six forwards.

But McLellan wasn't ready to declare things were back to normal.

"Yesterday we were one way, this morning we were this way," he said. "Who knows where we'll end up or what we'll do."

The Blues have only lost six games in regulation all season, but two of them were to the Sharks. This is the final contest between St. Louis and San Jose this season, and McLellan said his team needs to stick with what worked earlier.

"The start's been important both nights. The power play and penalty kill have been important both nights," he said. "Goaltending's been very good and we've played a competitive game. Without that, you really limit your opportunity to win. That type of formula doesn't guarantee success, but it sure gives you a better chance than the opposite."

  • Based on the lines at the morning skate, McLellan plans to make Tyler Kennedy and Matt Nieto healthy scratches against the Blues. Scott Hannan could be missing his fifth game with an upper body injury.

    Mike Brown, who has been out of action the last six games, appears to be coming off injured reserve and could be playing on the fourth line.

  • The Blues are likely to be without captain David Backes, who left the game with an upper body injury during his team's 3-3 overtime loss in Ottawa.

    For more on the Sharks, see David Pollak's Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PollakOnSharks.