San Jose returns home after its final road trip of the season and plays host to the Winnipeg Jets in one of the final tune-ups for the Sharks, who are preparing for their 18th playoff appearance starting next week.
It's been a rough season for the Jets, who will finish in 7th place in arguably the best division in the league. After making their first playoff appearance since the franchise moved back to Winnipeg last season, Winnipeg wasn't able to build off that momentum and will be preparing for the off-season after their season finale against LA on Saturday.
Meanwhile for the Sharks, they'll be looking for revenge against the Jets who beat them 4-1 in San Jose on the first game of 2016. One week later, the Sharks would rock Toronto 7-0 and jump start their season and playoff run as that game is pointed to as the game that turned the season around for San Jose.
Tale of the Tape
|7th in Central||Rank||3rd in Pacific
7:30 PM PDT | SAP Center | San Jose, California
Know Your Enemy: Arctic Ice Hockey
The Sharks went into the MTS Centre in Manitoba and throttled the Jets 4-1. Joe Thornton scored the eventual game-winner in the final minute of the first period and Chris Tierney, Joe Pavelski, and Joel Ward also scored. The ghost of Alex Stalock (who?!) stopped 21 of 22 shots and would win his final game in teal before being shipped off six weeks later.
- San Jose has had several disappointing losses to sub-par teams on home ice this season. With the playoffs starting next week, it'd be nice if the Sharks could finish up the season playing their best hockey at home.
- After two straight starts, James Reimer will likely be backing up Martin Jones this evening.
- The Sharks' +31 goal differential puts them fifth on the list of all playoff-bound teams, only behind Washington, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Dallas. Let's hope they can add to that differential against the last place Jets tonight.