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Jets at Sharks preview

Winnipeg seeks seventh victory in past eight games; Jones will make 17th start for San Jose

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (14-5-3) AT SHARKS (11-8-2)

10 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, SN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will look to win for the seventh time in their past eight games and 11th time in their past 14 when they visit the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Goaltender Steve Mason will start for the Jets, who have won two straight, are 6-1-0 in their past seven games and 10-2-1 in their past 13. They began Saturday two points behind the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division.

Goaltender Martin Jones will make his 17th start for the Sharks, who are 1-2-2 in their past five games after going 6-1-0 in their previous seven. Jones has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of his past 14 starts. 

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Patrik Laine has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past 11 games. 
 
Sharks defenseman Brent Burns scored his first goal this season in the second period against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday, on his 85th shot of the season.
 
 

They said it

"In every game you're going to need one or two pieces of your game to be above average to win on the road. You need a line to go and they were really, really good tonight." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice on Winnipeg's second line of Nikolaj Ehlers, Bryan Little and Patrik Laine, who combined for seven points in a 4-1 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday

"There's some things we want to clean up from Vegas last night. … We take a lot of pride in our structure away from the puck. We've got to get that back tonight because this is a skilled team that will make you look bad if you don't." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on their 5-4 overtime loss against the Golden Knights on Friday

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Steve Mason

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Marko Dano, Tucker Poolman, Shawn Matthias

Injured: Toby Enstrom (lower body)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Joonas Donskoi -- Logan Couture -- Tomas Hertl

Mikkel Boedker -- Chris Tierney -- Jannik Hansen

Kevin Labanc -- Daniel O'Regan -- Joel Ward

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Dylan DeMelo -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Ryan Carpenter Joakim Ryan

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle), Barclay Goodrow (upper body), Melker Karlsson (upper body)

 

Status report

Karlsson took part in San Jose's optional morning skate and said he expects to return to the lineup during the Sharks' upcoming road trip. ... The Jets did not hold a morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Scheifele has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his past 13 games. …  Pavelski has not scored a goal in nine straight games.

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