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At the Rink: Jets at Sharks

by Eric Gilmore

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks will try to win back-to-back home games for the first time this season on Saturday when they face the Winnipeg Jets (10 p.m. ET; SN, CSN-CA), who have lost six straight and 12 of their past 13 on the road.

The Sharks are coming off a 4-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday before a sellout crowd at SAP Center. Despite the win, San Jose still has a League-worst home record of 5-10-0,

"We can't just win one and go back to losing at home," forward Tommy Wingels said after San Jose's morning skate at Sharks Ice. "It's about building streaks in this League so we've got to get back to winning four, five, six in a row at home. Tonight can put us on that path."

Sharks center Logan Couture had two power-play assists against Philadelphia in his return to the lineup after missing seven games with a thigh injury that required surgery to stop arterial bleeding. He'll be in lineup again against the Jets

"We want to have a good one, build off what we did the last game at home, hopefully have another big crowd tonight as well," Couture said. "Similar effort, but be better. Winnipeg's going to be hungry after losing their last game."

The Jets lost 4-2 to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday at Gila River Arena. After going 5-2-0 in their first seven road games, they are 1-11-1 in their past 13 games away from MTS Centre.

"We've got to string a couple together and get out of it and then it can turn around just as quick as it turned the first time," defenseman Mark Stuart said after the Jets' morning skate at SAP Center.

Forward Drew Stafford said he's aware of the Sharks' struggles at home but is more concerned about what the Jets need to do, especially after taking too many undisciplined penalties and giving up two power-play goals in the third period against Arizona. Winnipeg leads the NHL with 141 power plays allowed.

"We've talked a lot this morning and yesterday on our focus and our discipline, things that we can do to help our cause a little bit," Stafford said. "The work ethic is there. It's more on the mental side of things as far as execution and keeping our focus on the big picture, and that's winning games. There's a lot of little things in these games that have been costing us, that are in our control.

"We're more focused on what we can bring to the game than San Jose's home record. Every team is good in this league. Some teams have bad stretches. Obviously we're going through a bad stretch on the road right now, but the bottom line is we have an opportunity to start turning that thing around tonight."

Here are the projected lineups:


Drew Stafford - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Andrew Ladd - Adam Lowry - Alexander Burmistrov

Chris Thorburn - Mathieu Perreault - Nikolaj Ehlers

Joel Armia - Andrew Copp - Matt Halischuk

Jacob Trouba - Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Ben Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Ondrej Pavelec (knee), Mark Scheifele (concussion)

Scratched: Adam Pardy, Anthony Peluso, Paul Postma


Melker Karlsson - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Joel Ward

Matt Nieto - Tomas Hertl - Tommy Wingels

Joonas Donskoi - Chris Tierney - Dainius Zubrus

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Paul Martin - Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon - Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Alex Stalock

Injured: None

Scratched: Ben Smith, Mike Brown

Status report: Scheifele is eligible to be activated from injured reserve Sunday, when the Jets visit the Anaheim Ducks. He had his third "hard skate" with "hard contact" Saturday, Jets coach Paul Maurice said, and could play if he's cleared medically. … Wingels will move from the fourth to the third line and trade places with Donskoi. ... Couture won't see time on the penalty kill until he's closer to 100 percent healthy, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.

Who's hot: Thornton has a seven-game point streak (three goals, seven assists). ... Pavelski had two goals against Philadelphia, giving him a team-high 20 for the season. He leads the Sharks with 38 points. ... Lowry scored two goals against Coyotes; it was his second NHL multigoal game. ... Little has eight points (4-4-8) in his past six games.

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