The San Jose Sharks will look to make it five in a row as they close out their two-game road trip with a visit to Minnesota to take on the Wild.
Team Teal is coming off of a come-from-behind victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago last Sunday. After Chicago roared out to an early 2-0 lead, San Jose rallied to a 7-3 victory with all but five skaters tallied points in the contest. The Sharks now sit in third place in the Pacific Division, two points behind the Anaheim Ducks and five points behind the Calgary Flames.
Those same Flames beat the Wild 2-1 on Saturday in a fight-heavy contest. Top-scoring Wild defenseman Matt Dumba exchanged punches with Calgary bruiser Matthew Tkachuk just 40 seconds into the game, then didn't play in the second or third period because he sustained an upper-body injury. It's a big blow to Minnesota's depth, which will be tested by a Sharks team coming in with four straight wins.
This is the second time this season the Sharks and the Wild will meet. In their previous meeting in San Jose, the Sharks won 4-3.
Sharks projected lines and pairs:
Evander Kane – Joe Pavelski – Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson – Barclay Goodrow – Lukas Radil
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Martin Jones – projected starter
Wild projected lines and pairs:
Jordan Greenway – Eric Staal – Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise – Charlie Coyle – Nino Niederreiter
Jason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno – Joel Eriksson Ek – Erik Fehr
Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Greg Pateryn
Nick Seeler – Nate Prosser
Devan Dubnyk – projected starter