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Preview: Sharks at Wild

San Jose tries to extend Pacific Division lead; Minnesota aims to end five-game losing streak

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

SHARKS (42-23-7) at WILD (43-22-6)

8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

Sharks team scope

The San Jose Sharks will try to end a three-game losing streak (0-3-0) and build their lead in the Pacific Division in the second of back-to-back games. They lead the Anaheim Ducks and Edmonton Oilers by four points after a 1-0 loss at the Dallas Stars on Monday; each team has 10 games remaining. Goalie Martin Jones, 4-3-0 with 11 goals allowed in his past seven games, will start after Aaron Dell made 19 saves against the Stars. The Sharks have scored two goals during their losing streak. "It's hard to win when you're only getting one or no goals like we have the last couple of games," coach Peter DeBoer said Monday. "Right now we're cold, but we're paying a price for that." Captain Joe Pavelski has eight points (seven goals, one assist) in his past eight games. "[The] feeling is just stick with it, keep going, keep working," he told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday. "We can't hang our head. This team never does. Just got to find a way to be a little bit better."

 

Wild team scope

The Minnesota Wild will try to end to a season-long five-game losing streak (0-5-0). The Wild, 2-8-0 in their past 10 games, have fallen seven points behind the Chicago Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. "Nobody likes to lose, especially at any little stretch, but I think we're doing one little thing wrong and … we correct the first two things in the first two things and then something else pops up," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Once we plug all these leaks, I think when we do start getting successful again, we're going to be a much better team." Goaltender Devan Dubnyk, tied for second in the NHL with 36 wins, will start his sixth consecutive game. He was pulled after allowing two goals in the first 4:38 of a 4-2 loss at the Blackhawks on March 12 and is 0-4-0 since. "You've got to try not to overthink it," Dubnyk said. "These are things that are tough to get out of, but we've all been through this before. We've all been through difficult situations before. I've been through much worse than this and I've got no problems about getting out of it. You just have to look at each game as an opportunity to get better and feel better about yourself and get back to who we really are."

 

Sharks projected lineup

Tomas Hertl -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Joel Ward

Joonas Donskoi -- Daniel O'Regan -- Mikkel Boedker

Marcus Sorensen -- Micheal Haley -- Timo Meier

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo

Injured: Melker Karlsson (lower body) Jannik Hansen (upper body)

 

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter -- Martin Hanzal -- Jason Pominville

Chris Stewart -- Erik Haula - Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Marco Scandella - Matt Dumba

Jonas Brodin -- Gustav Olofsson

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Ryan White, Nate Prosser

Injured: Christian Folin (upper body)

 

Status report

The Sharks did not hold a morning skate Tuesday. Tierney did not play Monday because of the flu, and Hansen sat out because of an upper-body injury. … White did not take part in the morning skate due to illness, and will be a game-time decision, Boudreau said.

 

Who's hot

Couture has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his past 12 games. ... Thornton has four assists in his past five games; with 1,389 points, he is two behind Brett Hull for 22nd place on the NHL all-time list. … Staal, who played in his 1,000th NHL game Sunday, has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games. ... Granlund has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his past 15 games.

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