Act Two of the "West Side Story" matchup gets underway tuesday night as the Sharks travel north to visit the Winnipeg Jets.
San Jose opened up the stretch run with a win, after beating the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in overtime last Saturday. In that contest, the Sharks held off a desperate Desert Dogs team, who sent the game into overtime. There, All-Star defenseman Brent Burns scored a brilliant back-handed goal to give San Jose the win.
The Jets, for their part, continue their reign over the Central Division. They're currently riding a three-game winning streak after annihilating the Anaheim Ducks 9-3 on Saturday.
Both teams will be without key players. San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson, who briefly practiced with the team on Monday, did not join them on the flight to Winnipeg. The Jets will also miss a key blue liner, as Dustin Byfuglien remains out with a suspected ankle injury.
Tuesday marks the second time this season the Sharks and Jets have played each other. In the 30 total games played between the Sharks and the franchise formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose has an 18-7-2-3 record.
Sharks projected lines and pairs
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow – Dylan Gambrell – Melker Karlsson
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Tim Heed
Martin Jones – confirmed starter
Jets projected lines and pairs
Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler
Patrik Laine – Bryan Little – Jack Roslovic
Mathieu Perrault – Adam Lowry – Brandon Tanev
Brendan Lemieux – Andrew Copp – Mason Appleton
Josh Morrissey – Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot – Tyler Myers
Dmitry Kulikov – Joe Morrow
Conor Hellebuyck – projected starter