Brent Burns is suddenly indispensable as a forward, Joe Pavelski and Marty Havlat have rediscovered their scoring touch, and all four lines have found ways to contribute.

The Sharks' new line combinations have not solved all of their offensive problems, but they have provided enough of a spark to allow the team to carry a three-game win streak into Saturday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion.

Riding the recent exceptional goaltending of Antti Niemi, San Jose has moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference standings. And with 15 games left in the regular season, it appears the Sharks, with their new line combinations, have made a few strides in finding their identity.

"A lot of these nights, we've talked about not scoring enough," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after Thursday's 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings. "Two was enough tonight because we did a lot of the other things right."

Burns and Pavelski, perhaps the two players most impacted by the line shuffling, each has a three-game goal-scoring streak. Burns has five goals and five assists since he was moved to forward from defense nine games ago.