The Sharks realize they need to improve in a number of areas if they want to be serious Western Conference contenders in this lockout-shortened season. But the team's confidence, according to coach Todd McLellan, is not something that should be in need of repair.

Despite collecting just three points in their present seven-game losing streak, the Sharks were not about to waver from their approach as they prepared to take on the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday at Scottrade Center. It's the first meeting between the teams since last year's playoffs, when the Blues dispatched San Jose in five games in the first round.

"When you're not winning and you're not scoring, everybody's confidence isn't probably where it needs to be. But sometimes that's an easy variable to turn to," McLellan said. "People say they've lost their confidence. Like where? In the mall? If you're not as confident, are you working as hard as you need to, are you executing the way you need to, are you playing as fast as you can?

"If the answer to those questions is yes, then you're OK. You'll score eventually. If the answer is no to some of those questions, then don't talk about confidence. Talk about fixing those things."