After a bleak Monday night game at home — during which nearly the entire bottom-six forwards for the Calgary Flames scored on the Sharks — it’s back to the road again for San Jose, as they complete their three-game season series with the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets have certainly been an interesting team this year. Despite being so bad for a stretch that they nearly disappeared off of Sean Tierney’s expected goal share chart, the Jets have gone 4-1-1 in their last six games and now find themselves in a playoff spot— good enough for Jets ownership to extend head coach Paul Maurice for three more seasons.
I’m not joking about their xG share, by the way.
In the past month, WPG's xG share has improved by 15%, leaving them at...45%. pic.twitter.com/8icyX7o2u2— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) February 3, 2020
Despite their xG shares being below 50 percent all season, and with roster mainstays like Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry on injured reserve, the Jets have managed to stay in the fight. The same cannot exactly be said for the Sharks, who have been hit with their own injury problems, as well. The projected return of Joel Kellman, who was out for the past two games with a lower-body injury, should help a little bit in that area, though.
Expected scratches: Noah Gregor, Antti Suomela, Tim Heed
Injured reserve: Logan Couture (fractured ankle), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (upper body)
Jets (via NHL.com)
Kyle Connor — Mark Scheifele — Patrik Laine
Nikolaj Ehlers — Blake Wheeler — Mason Appleton
Jansen Harkins — Andrew Copp — Jack Roslovic
Gabriel Bourque — Nicholas Shore — Logan Shaw
Josh Morrissey — Neal Pionk
Dmitry Kulikov — Tucker Poolman
Nathan Beaulieu — Luca Sbisa
Expected scratches: Andrei Chibisov, Anthony Bitetto, Sami Niku
Injured reserve: Bryan Little (head), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Adam Lowry (upper body), Carl Dahlstrom (broken hand), Mark Letestu (heart virus)
Where to Watch
Tonight’s game kicks off from downtown Winnipeg at 4 p.m. Pacific/7 p.m. Eastern. NBC Sports California will be broadcasting the game in the Bay Area market and TSN3 in the Winnipeg market, and will be streamed on NHL.tv all over the U.S. and Canada. As always, 98.5 KFOX and the Sharks official app will have you covered for audio streaming of tonight’s action.