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Preview: Sharks at Jets

Winnipeg tries for third straight win; Jannik Hansen will not make debut for San Jose

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

SHARKS (38-19-7) at JETS (30-30-6)

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

 

Sharks team scope

Forward Jannik Hansen will not make his San Jose Sharks debut because of ongoing visa issues. He was acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday prior to the NHL Trade Deadline. The Sharks, who did not have a morning skate Monday after a 3-1 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, will look to push their lead in the Pacific Division to seven points in the second game of a back-to-back set against Central Division opponents. Defenseman David Schlemko did not play Sunday because of a lower-body injury sustained in the first period of a 3-1 win against the Canucks on Thursday and is expected to be a game-time decision. Forward Joonas Donskoi, who hasn't played since Jan. 23 because of a lower-body injury, will return to the lineup.

 

Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets will look to win their third straight game when they continue their push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They are three points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference. "We've had a good little streak here. We have to keep it going," forward Shawn Matthias said. "[There's] 16 games left in the season now, every point matters. We're chasing, but we're right there. This is a good team we're playing tonight, but it's two points that we need." Shutting down the Sharks' transition game in the neutral zone will be key, forward Adam Lowry said. "Their forwards, they got a quick group of forwards there," he said. "[Defenseman] Brent Burns and a few guys back there that like to jump up in the rush and create some more odd-man situations. I think if we can slow them down in the neutral zone, don't let them come out of their end cleanly, that should bode well for us." Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck will make his 11th straight start. He has allowed one goal in his past two games.

 

Sharks projected lineup

Joonas Donskoi -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Marcus Sorensen -- Tomas Hertl -- Joel Ward

Micheal Haley -- Chris Tierney -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon - Dylan DeMelo

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Jannik Hansen, Kevin Labanc

Injured: David Schlemko (lower body)

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Marko Dano -- Andrew Copp -- Chris Thorburn

Toby Enstrom -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey - Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Mark Stuart, Nic Petan

Injured: Tyler Myers (lower body), Ondrej Pavelec (knee)

 

Status report

Pavelec had arthroscopic knee surgery Monday and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, Jets coach Paul Maurice said. He has missed 10 games because of what initially was called a lower-body injury sustained Feb. 7.

 

Who's hot

Burns has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past eight games. Pavelski has eight points (three goals, five assists) during that same stretch. … Laine has 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in his past eight games. Byfuglien has nine points (two goals, seven assists) and Perreault has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in seven-game point streaks. Wheeler has eight points (three goals, five assists) in a four-game point streak. Scheifele has 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in his past eight games.

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