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San Jose seeks 10th win in 11 games; Hellebuyck in goal for Winnipeg

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

JETS (14-9-1) at SHARKS (13-11-1)

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


The Game

The San Jose Sharks try for their 10th win in 11 games when they play the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center on Wednesday.

Aaron Dell will start for the Sharks, who have won three straight games in overtime, including a 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.

Connor Hellebuyck will start for the Jets, who are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games after going 2-5-2 in their previous seven. Winnipeg won in San Jose 3-2 on Oct. 1 to start their 11-game run.


Players to watch

Jets left wing Kyle Connor has two goals and three assists in his past five games.

Sharks center Logan Couture has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) during a seven-game point streak.


They said it 

"We feel this will be as tough an out when we went into Dallas and they were on their run." -- Jets center Blake Wheeler

"They play hard, they have a real lunch-pail, blue collar-type mentality. And Hellebuyck stood on his head last time in here (51 saves). We have to be prepared for that, keep this thing rolling, we feel good about it. … It's another chance to close on a team above us in the Western Conference." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Michael Spacek

Injured: Mark Letestu (myocarditis), Mason Appleton (foot), Bryan Little (vertigo), Gabriel Bourque (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (hand)


Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Patrick Marleau

Timo Meier -- Barclay Goodrow -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Melker Karlsson

Antti Suomela -- Dylan Gambrell

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Mario Ferraro

Tim Heed

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Lukas Radil, Noah Gregor

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body), Tomas Hertl (ankle)


Status report

Beaulieu did not travel and is out a week-to-10 days. … Little is feeling less dizzy and is close to resuming light workouts. … Hertl participated in the morning skate but will miss his fourth straight game.


Stat pack

San Jose is 14-for-14 on the penalty kill in its past three games. … Copp has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past nine games.

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