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Preview: Sharks at Jets

Patrik Laine returns to Winnipeg lineup; San Jose goes for sixth straight win

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

SHARKS (30-16-2) at JETS (22-24-4)

8 p.m. ET; TSN3, CSN-CA, NHL.TV


Sharks team scope

The San Jose Sharks will look to extend their season-high winning streak to six games but will be without forward Joonas Donskoi, who left in the second period of a 5-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday because of an undisclosed injury. The Sharks traded forward Tommy Wingels to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday for forwards Buddy Robinson and Zach Stortini, plus a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Patrick Marleau scored four third-period goals Monday, the first NHL player score four goals in a period since Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Jan. 26, 1997. "He [Marleau] is a huge piece for us," coach Peter DeBoer said. "He gets overlooked sometimes because of the other names and characters that we have. But he quietly goes about his business and the guys in the room know how important he is. I think that's the ultimate respect." Goalie Aaron Dell is expected to start.


Jets team scope

Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine will play. He missed eight games with a concussion sustained on a hit by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe in a 4-3 loss Jan. 7. The 18-year-old has 21 goals and 37 points, two behind NHL rookie scoring leader Mitchell Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Jets will be without forward Mathieu Perreault, who left the game Monday in the first period because of an upper-body injury. The Jets are 4-2-2 in the second game of a back-to-back. "Take the good things from [Monday], forget about the game and just move on and get ready for [Tuesday]," forward Nikolaj Ehlers said Monday.


Sharks projected lineup

Melker Karlsson -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Partick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Kevin Labanc -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Timo Meier -- Ryan Carpenter -- Barclay Goodrow

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Tim Heed

Injured: Dylan DeMelo (wrist), Micheal Haley (lower body), Tomas Hertl (knee), Joonas Donskoi (undisclosed)


Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Brandon Tanev -- Nic Petan -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Michael Hutchinson, Julian Melchiori

Injured:Tyler Myers (lower body), Marko Dano (lower body), Ben Chiarot (upper body), Drew Stafford (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body)


Status report

Hertl, who injured his knee against the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 17, is on the two-game road trip but won't play. … The Jets did not have a morning skate Tuesday.


Who's hot

Burns has five goals and 10 assists in his past 10 games. ... Marleau has four goals and an assist in his past five games is three shy of 500 goals in his NHL career. … Scheifele has two goals and five assists during a five-game point streak.

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