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Preview: Jets at Sharks

San Jose has lost two in a row; Winnipeg goalie Michael Hutchinson likely to play

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (20-22-4) at SHARKS (25-16-2)

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

 

Jets team scope

Backup goaltender Michael Hutchinson will likely get a second straight start for the Winnipeg Jets, who had a day off Sunday. Hutchinson made 35 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday. No. 1 goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was pulled from his previous two starts, losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Arizona Coyotes. Hellebuyck allowed six goals on 13 shots in those defeats. Hutchinson is 4-9-3 with a 3.18 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. He's 0-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA and .919 save percentage in his career against San Jose. "I thought we played pretty well," Hutchinson told the Jets' website Saturday. "Our effort level was there. We battled hard. L.A.'s a tough team to play in their home rink. They have a lot of big bodies. We battled hard. We played really close to a full 60 minutes. ... Guys were sacrificing, blocking shots and playing the way we need to play. And if we play that way with that effort we're going to be really successful down the stretch." The Jets will face San Jose for the first time this season. They went 2-1-0 against the Sharks in 2015-16. Defenseman Toby Enstrom needs one point to reach 300 for his NHL career.

 

Sharks team scope

The San Jose Sharks will try to bounce back after being shut out for the fourth time this season, 4-0 by to the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center on Saturday. The Sharks hadn't been shut out since a 1-0 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 15. "I don't think we were very good from the start of the game," center Logan Couture said Saturday. "We had some chances. We get a 5-on-3, we didn't generate anything. We got out of the first tied and we had those power plays in the second, but we couldn't capitalize." Forward Joe Thornton drew a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct for spearing Blues center Paul Stastny at 11:09 of the second period. The Sharks, who trailed 2-0 at that point, played the rest of the game without their first-line center. The Sharks have lost two straight games and are 2-4-1 over their past seven games. "We had some chances in the first -- probably three or four quality chances we didn't finish," coach Peter DeBoer said of the loss to St. Louis. "On the power play, which could have been a turning point for us in a positive way wasn't. From then on I thought they were the more desperate team. They won more battles, they won more races."

 

Jets projected lineup

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Joel Armia

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Drew Stafford

Andrew Copp -- Nic Petan -- Chris Thorburn

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Michael Hutchinson

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Brandon Tanev, Julian Melchiori

Injured: Tyler Myers (lower body), Marko Dano (leg), Patrik Laine (concussion), Ben Chiarot (illness)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Patrick Marleau -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Kevin Labanc -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Micheal Haley -- Tommy Wingels -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Tim Heed, Ryan Carpenter

Injured: Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist)

 

Status update

Donskoi skated again Sunday but remains day-to-day.

 

Who's hot

Wheeler has two goals and three assists during a five-game point streak. He has 14 points (5-9-14) in his past 14 games. Scheifele has eight points (4-4-8) in his past eight games. Ehlers has nine points (5-4-9) in his past eight games and 15 points (9-6-15) in his past 13 games. ... Burns has nine points (2-7-9) in his past five games and 23 points (8-15-23) in his past 19 games. Pavelski has five points (3-2-5) in his past five games and 12 points (5-7-12) in his past 12 games.

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