A pair of teams from the Western Conference take the ice out in Western Canada in the province of Manitoba. The San Jose Sharks are on the road as they travel to face the Winnipeg Jets Friday night. San Jose comes in off a 6-2 home drubbing by the Flames Monday night in their previous contest. Winnipeg was stifled 4-1 at home by the Rangers Tuesday night in their previous contest. The teams have split the last 10 meetings but the Jets have taken both matchups this season. That includes a 5-1 home victory in the most recent meeting on November 27, 2019.
San Jose Sharks Looking to Bounce BackSan Jose was clobbered at home by Calgary as they continue to sputter in an effort to get back in the playoff picture in the Western Conference. The Sharks entered Thursday night seventh in the Pacific Division, 12 points behind the Golden Knights for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 17 back of Vancouver for the division lead. In the Western Conference playoff picture, the Sharks trailed the Coyotes by 12 points for the second wild card spot. San Jose is averaging 2.59 goals per contest this season. The Sharks are struggling to keep the puck out of their own net as they give up an average of 3.32 goals per contest. San Jose is sputtering on the power play by converting 16.8 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Sharks have been sharp when it comes to the penalty killing as they successfully get through 85.6 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.
Against Calgary, San Jose was unable to keep the puck out of their own net and it proved costly as they were blown out. The Sharks were outshot 15-10 in the opening period and trailed 3-1 after 20 minutes of play. San Jose was down 3-0 less than nine and a half minutes into the game before Erik Karlsson lit the lamp with his sixth of the year at 12:47 off assists from Barclay Goodnow and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. In the second period, San Jose was outshot 14-13 with both teams scoring once, leaving the Sharks down a pair after two periods. Brent Burns got the Sharks within a goal with his 12th of the year, on the power play, at 4:51 with the assists going to Timo Meier and Karlsson. That proved to be as close as the team would get as the Flames restored their two-goal lead later in the period. In the final period, San Jose held a 13-8 edge in shots but was outscored 2-0 to end up on the wrong end of a blowout. Aaron Dell made 31 saves for the Sharks, who were outshot 37-36, in the loss.
Winnipeg Jets Seek to Return to Win ColumnWinnipeg had won three straight and four of their previous five but came up flat offensively against the Rangers. The Jets entered Thursday fourth in the Central Division, eight points behind Dallas for the final guaranteed playoff spot, and 10 points behind the Blues for the division lead. In the wild card picture, the Jets were one point behind the Flames for the second wild card spot. Winnipeg is inconsistent on the offensive end of the ice as they average 2.95 goals per contest. The Jets are an average team defensively as they are allowing 3.02 goals per game this season. Winnipeg is struggling on the power play as they convert 19.3 percent of their chances with the man advantage on the year. The Jets are dismal in penalty killing as they successfully navigate only 74.8 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.
Wires it once... no luck.— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) February 12, 2020
Wires it twice... SCORES! pic.twitter.com/Y8fPns6bo1
Against the Rangers, the Jets never got things going offensively and it proved to be the difference in the contest. Winnipeg held a 13-11 edge in shots on goal in the opening period but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The second period saw the Jets with a 12-10 shot advantage but again, they were outscored 1-0 to trail 2-0 after 40 minutes of play. In the final period, Winnipeg held a 19-11 shot edge but they were outscored 2-1 to end up on the wrong end of the scoreboard. The Jets gave up a pair of goals in the first 90 seconds of the third period to go down 4-0 and seal their fate. Nikolaj Ehlers broke up the shutout with his 20th of the year at 4:35 off assists from Sami Niku and Josh Morrissey. Winnipeg would draw no closer, however, and wound up with the loss. Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the Jets, who owned a 44-32 edge in shots on goal, in the loss.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Sharks are 1-5 in their last six games against Central Division teams
- Jets are 4-2 in their last six overall