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Barabanov Going Wrong Way in Sharks Line-Up at Wrong Time (+)



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Alexander Barabanov is being sent down to the fourth line.

That’s where Barabanov practiced this afternoon, another stain in a tough season for the usually top-nine winger.

That’s a drop from the second line, where he skated in the San Jose Sharks’ last-second 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets yesterday.

Hampered, in part, by a six-week absence because of a broken finger in his left hand, Barabanov has just three goals and nine points in 29 games this year. It’s a far cry from his first three seasons in San Jose, when he put up 28 goals and 93 points in 147 appearances.

So what’s been wrong with Barabanov this year?

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