The San Jose Sharks are coming off a stellar 3 – 0 shutout victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. They’re headed to Manitoba for the second night of back to back games to face-off versus the Winnipeg Jets.
The San Jose Sharks dominated the Wild in St. Paul and got out of there relatively unscathed. The boys were lead by a sensational performance in-goal from netminder Martin Jones. However Team Teal’s next opponent the Winnipeg Jets have a lot more fire power than that desperate Wild team.
The Winnipeg Jets just like the San Jose Sharks are legitimate Stanley Cup contender. Both of these teams are fighting for first place in their respected divisions in the western conferences.
That being said the these two teams are on different trajectories since the trade deadline. The Jets have struggled mightily lately, with a 4 -5 – 1 record in their previous 10 games. While at the same time the Sharks are red-hot winning 5 straight, going 7 – 2 – 1 over their last 10.
During Team Teal’s 5 game winning streak they’ve been playing phenomenally in just about every phase of the game. They’ve posted a nice 69% GF% at all strengths, have limited the amount of scoring opportunities and high danger chances to a minimum, and have a surprising 93.43% save percentage, per naturalstattrick. The San Jose Sharks have been able to pull this off without both Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane.
Tonight has the potential to be full of milestones for a few of Sharks veteran skaters. Joe Thornton is still currently tied with Stan Mikita at 14th all time in total points with 1467. Jumbo has played very well lately so don’t be surprised if we see him pass the hockey legend in front of the hostile Winnipeg Jets crowd.
Center Logan Couture has an opportunity to join the 500 point club if he gets on the score sheet tonight. Cooch has 62 points on the year and has 9 in his last 10 games for the San Jose Sharks. The Winnipeg Jets would love to poop on the potential party that Team Teal might be throwing if either of these two reach these achievements this evening.
The San Jose Sharks will ice the same lineup they did against the Minnesota Wild during the first night of this back-to-back.
San Jose Sharks
Timo Meier ~ Logan Couture ~ Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi ~ Tomas Hertl ~ Gustav Nyquist
Marcus Sorensen~ Joe Thornton ~ Kevin Labanc
Micheal Haley ~ Barclay Goodrow ~ Melker Karlsson
Radim Simek ~ Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard ~ Tim Heed
Brendan Dillon ~ Justin Braun
Projected Starter ~ Aaron Dell
Backup ~ Martin Jones
Patrick Laine ~ Mark Scheifele ~ Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor ~ Kevin Hayes ~ Nikolaj Ehlers
Brandon Tanev ~ Adam Lowry ~ Bryan Little
Mathieu Perreault ~ Andrew Copp ~ Jack Roslovic
Nathan Beaulieu ~ Jacob Trouba
Dmitry Kulikov ~ Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot ~ Sami Niku
Starter: Connor Hellebuyck
Backup: Laurent Brossoit
Puck drop for tonight’s game is at 5:00 PM PT live at the Bell MTS Place. The game is televised on NBCSCA and the audio is streamed via the San Jose Sharks official app courtesy of 98.5 KFOX.
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