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Preview: Sharks at Wild

San Jose tries for fourth straight win; Minnesota forwards Zach Parise, Jason Pominville return

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

SHARKS (38-18-7) at WILD (41-15-6)

6 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

 

Sharks team scope

It is unknown whether forward Jannik Hansen will be available for the San Jose Sharks. He was awaiting his visa after being acquired Wednesday in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks for forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. "I don't have an update on [Hansen]," coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area on Saturday. "It's really day to day. I could get a call in an hour and say he's got clearance, or it could be two days, I don't know." Forward Joonas Donskoi is expected to return after missing 15 games with an upper-body injury. He has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 44 games. Defenseman David Schlemko, who was injured in the first period of a 3-1 win against the Canucks on Thursday, will be a game-time decision. The Sharks will be looking for their fourth win in a row. They are 5-0-2 in their past seven games, 7-1-2 in their past 10 road games and lead the Edmonton Oilers by five points for first place in the Pacific Division. Center Joe Thornton is one assist shy of 1,000 in his NHL career. Goaltender Martin Jones is expected to start after backup Aaron Dell made 17 saves against Vancouver.

 

Wild team scope

Minnesota Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville, who have missed three games with the mumps, expect to play after they participated in practice Saturday, the Star Tribune reported. "I had a fever and stuff like that, but I didn't get it as bad as some guys a couple of years ago because of the booster shot we got [in 2014]," Pominville told the newspaper. The Wild, 11-4-1 in their past 16 games and 8-3-1 in their past 12 at home, are one point behind the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference with three games in hand. "Chicago keeps winning," Parise said, "and we want to stay ahead of them, so we have to make sure that we're sharp." Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, whose .933 save percentage leads the NHL, is expected to start.

 

Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Marcus Sorensen -- Tomas Hertl -- Joel Ward

Joonas Donskoi -- Chris Tierney -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillion -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Jannik Hansen, Micheal Haley

Injured: Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist)


Wild projected lineup

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Chris Stewart

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Nino Niederreiter -- Martin Hanzal -- Charlie Coyle

Ryan White -- Erik Haula -- Jason Pominville

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Marco Scandella -- Nate Prosser

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Christian Folin, Jordan Schroeder, Tyler Graovac

Injured: Victor Bartley (arm)

 

Status report

Neither team had a morning skate. ... Wild assistant coach Scott Stevens, who was diagnosed with the mumps, expects to be on the bench Sunday.

 

Who's hot

Burns has 10 points (five goals, five assists) during a seven-game point streak. Couture has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. Marleau is on a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists) and has 17 points (10 games, seven assists) in his past 16 games … Granlund, who had a four-game goal streak end in a 1-0 road loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday, has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past six games. Koivu has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past six games.

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