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Laine out again for Winnipeg; San Jose begins six-game homestand

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

JETS (6-7-0) at SHARKS (4-8-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, TSN3, NHL.TV


The Game

Patrik Laine will miss his second straight game when the Winnipeg Jets visit the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Friday.

The forward did not play for the Jets, who are 2-5-0 in their past seven games, in a 7-4 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday because of a lower-body injury. 

The Sharks, who have lost three straight games, begin a six-game homestand and play 11 of their next 14 games on home ice following a 1-3-1 road trip when they were outscored 14-4. Goalie Martin Jones will start.


Players to watch

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers has three goals and two assists in his last three games.

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns has one goal and four assists in a four-game point streak.


They said it 

"They're going to be snarly tonight. They had about four players left on their bench last game. Coach wasn't one of them. We're getting their best tonight. Both teams are on the outside looking in. These games matter now." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"This isn't about who we're playing. This is about getting our game right. We're a little [ticked] off where we're at, we're a little embarrassed. We've got to start playing with more of an attitude, defend with a little more attitude, attack with a little more attitude. We've been a soft team for 10-12 games, and that doesn't win very many games in this league." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Jack Roslovic

Mathieu Perreault -- Andrew Copp -- Gabriel Bourque

CJ Suess -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Carl Dahlstrom -- Anthony Bitetto

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Luca Sbisa

Injured: Mark Letestu (heart), Patrik Laine (lower body), Mason Appleton (foot), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body)

Suspended: Adam Lowry, Dustin Byfuglien


Sharks projected lineup

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Timo Meier

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Melker Karlsson

Noah Gregor -- Barclay Goodrow -- Jonny Brodzinski

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Mario Ferraro -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Trevor Carrick, Lukas Radil

Injured: Jacob Middleton (left shoulder), Dalton Prout (upper body), Dylan Gambrell (upper body)


Status report

Suess was recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League to give the Jets 12 forwards and could make his NHL debut. … Little is a game-time decision. … Neither Laine nor Beaulieu have been ruled out against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, according to Maurice. … Gambrell will not play against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. … Prout continues to skate on his own and his return is undetermined. … Middleton will be out 2-to-4 weeks.


Stat pack

Kane is three assists from 200 in the NHL. ... Little has two goals and two assists in his past three games. ... San Jose is 20-7-2-3 all-time against Winnipeg. … The Jets are 2-3-0 against the Pacific Division after going 16-6-2 last season. … The Sharks have the best penalty kill in the League at 90.4 percent. ... The 11 home games in November is tied for the most in any calendar month in Sharks history (four times previously).

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