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Preview: Winnipeg Jets host San Jose Sharks

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The Winnipeg Jets take on the San Jose Sharks in what could be a massive game for the franchise. The Jets woke up this morning to find themselves on the wrong side of the playoff line. The Same is true for the San Jose Sharks, who are right on the Jets heals. Both teams need a win.

The game can be seen on TSN3 and heard on TSN 1290. Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm CST.

Keys to the Game

Winnipeg Jets

Stop the puck please. The magic of regression has hit the Winnipeg Jets goalies hard. After starting the season with impossibly awesome numbers, they have been hit with a run of impossibly bad. This happens, but it isn't convenient for a team that is fighting for their playoff lives. Whoever is in net, stop the puck please.

Buff Norris is back!? After missing the last handful of games, Dustin Byfuglien may return to action. If he can, this will be a welcome boost for the Jets. Buff has proven he can carry just about anyone and create a formidable defensive pair.

Tyler Myers may return as well. It is hard to say for certain how Paul Maurice will split up the ice time if they defensive masses return to the line-up. Odds probably favor him returning to the Tobias Enstrom - Myers pair that the team rolled with recently, but I'd be interested to see more of an Enstrom - Jacob Trouba pairing. Regardless, it will be nice to see some skill added to the blue line. Adding Myers and Byfuglien back into the fold should help the powerplay as well.

San Jose Sharks

Sharks don't do so well out of water. I recommend that the sharks choke and watch their playoff hopes die due to lack of oxygen.

Player to Boo Mercilessly

Tomas Hertl - Because I'd rather him have Hertl feelings than Hertl the Jets playoff chances.

Prediction

Jets 3

Sharks 1