While the high-scoring game against the Calgary Flames was certainly not in the San Jose Sharks‘ game plan, it was an important 5-4 win nonetheless. Now on the tail end of a back-to-back and the two-game road trip, the Sharks will be looking to capitalize on what is another must-win for Team Teal against the Winnipeg Jets.
Last time these two teams met, it was one of the worst games the Sharks had played on home ice, which didn’t help their mediocre home record at all. However, this time around as the road team, they do have their road record (14-6-2) working in their favor as they’ve been road warriors seemingly all season. Let’s not get too excited though as the Jets’ home record (11-6-1) isn’t too shabby either.
Tommy Wingels is questionable for the Sharks after he collided with teammate Joonas Donskoi on Monday night. Brent Burns AKA Chewbacca/Wookie/Caveman/Awesome-Player-With-An-Ecosystem-Beard (thanks, Randy; I digress) has himself a point streak that currently stands at seven games (6 goals, 5 assists). Let’s hope the men in Teal can bring out their depth scoring like they did against the Toronto Maple Leafs this past Saturday.
The last-place Winnipeg Jets have struggled this season, and still are. After dropping their last game against the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 at MTS Center, the Jets are now 4-5-1 in their last ten. While I did say their home record wasn’t that bad, their struggles should be enough for the Sharks to capitalize on.
Now, in terms of playoff implications, the Jets are out and will be unlikely to get in the rest of the season especially given that they’re playing in the toughest division in the Central this season. The Sharks, however, are another story. With a weak and tight Pacific Division this year, luckily or unluckily, San Jose currently places fourth and is just two points behind the Vancouver Canucks. That makes tonight’s game a must-win.
The game starts at 5 PM, for those of us on the West Coast, and as always the telecast will be on CSNCA with your favorite broadcasters Randy Hahn (@sharkvoice) and Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13), and it will be on the Sharks flagship radio station at 98.5 KFOX with Dan Rusanowsky (@DanRusanowsky)(and whoever’s scheduled to do the radio color for tonight).
Of course, as always, you can find your postgame reactions with Erik Kuhre (@puckguy14), AJ Strong (@aj_strong), Chris (@chrisjws), Ian Reid (@IReidPucknology), Erik Landi (@eriklandi), and others on Pucknology After Dark! Please do like, subscribe, and promote as they would certainly love it!
That said, let’s drop the puck.