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San Jose defenseman Burns to play 1,100th NHL game; Winnipeg 4-1-1 in past six

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (24-28-4) at JETS (29-24-5)



The Game

Brent Burns is set to become the eighth active defenseman and 66th all-time to play in 1,100 NHL games when the San Jose Sharks play the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

Burns, who has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak, will play in his 528th consecutive game, the second-longest active streak among NHL defensemen, behind Keith Yandle of the Florida Panthers. Yandle leads all active players with 854 straight games played.

The Sharks are 3-6-0 in their past nine games after going 4-1-1 in their previous six.

The Jets, 4-1-1 in their past six games following a five-game losing streak, are one point behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Winnipeg is 9-4-0 against Pacific Division opponents this season.


Players to watch

Sharks forward Timo Meier has five points (two goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.

Jets forward Patrik Laine has 10 points (nine goals, one assist) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"We can't [take too many penalties], especially against a team like Winnipeg tonight with their power play (4-for-14, 28.6 percent in its past three games). And we've got to revert back to the details and the structure that we had on the road. We didn't do anything fancy. We played simple." -- Sharks coach Bob Boughner 

"They've got some big bodies. They've got some speed. They like to work it down low. They like to get pucks at the net, get some tip plays and things like that. So just boxing out will be big and [getting] good defensive positioning, and when you can hop into plays you can hop into the rush too." -- Jets defenseman Tucker Poolman


Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Barclay Goodrow -- Patrick Marleau

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Maxim Letunov -- Dylan Gambrell   

Melker Karlsson -- Alexander True -- Stefan Noesen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Radim Simek -- Mario Ferraro

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Tim Heed

Injured: Joel Kellman (lower body), Logan Couture (fractured ankle), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (upper body)


Jets projected lineup

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

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Andrei Chibisov, Anthony Bitetto, Sami Niku

Injured: Bryan Little (head), Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Adam Lowry (upper body), Carl Dahlstrom (broken hand), Mark Letestu (heart virus)


Status report

Poolman was activated off injured reserve Friday and returns to the lineup after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury. … Sbisa returns after missing three games with a right knee injury. … Winnipeg recalled Chibisov, a forward, from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Thursday.


Stat pack

Marleau needs one goal to pass Mike Modano (561) for 25th on the NHL all-time list. … Connor has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past four games.

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