The Sharks are looking to extend their winning streak to six in a row – and build a lead in the Western Conference standings – as they finish off the tail and of their road back-to-back on Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.
San Jose is coming off an impressive 3-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild, which helped bump them back into first place over the Calgary Flames. Barclay Goodrow, Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl all found the back of the net in the State of Hockey, while netminder Martin Jones turned away 24 shots to tally his third shutout of the season.
The Jets are still in first place in the Central Division, although they're only ahead of the Nashville Predators by one point. They've also struggled with consistency since the Sharks beat them 3-2 in overtime at Bell MTS Place on Feb. 5, going 6-8-2 over that time while being outscored 56-48.
This is the third and final time the Sharks and Jets will play each other in the regular season. In 31 total meetings with the franchise formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose has a 19-7-2-3 record.
Sharks projected lines and pairs
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Tomas Hertl – Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Gustav Nyquist
Micheal Haley – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Tim Heed
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun
Aaron Dell – projected starter
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Jets projected lines and pairs
Patrik 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
Connor Hellebuyck – projected starter