I don’t think I can tell you how big this game can be. This can’t be a three point game for these squads. Both will aim to win this in regulation. The winner can be back in the top eight tonight. For San Jose, if they win and other scenarios play out to their favor, they can be in first in the Pacific by the time the game is over.
Tonight will mark the return of the suddenly emerging Jamie McGinn. “Ginner” was traded at the deadline for Daniel Winnik and TJ Galiardi and has exploded offensively. At one time, McGinn had seven goals to the Sharks overall twelve in a short span. Lately, while Galiardi is recovering from an upper body injury, Winnik is finding his stride, scoring in consecutive games and has been playing well on the penalty kill.
This game can’t be a three point game. And neither team can afford to win in the shootout. The first tiebreaker isn’t total wins, it is wins in regulation or overtime. Right now, while Los Angeles and Colorado each have 31 “ROW” wins, Colorado has played more games, hence why the Kings sit in #8. San Jose has 30 regulation/overtime wins, and sits in 9th. So watch for both teams to go all out if this game is tied late in regulation. Game time 7:30pm, LET’S PUCKING DO THIS!!!