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Preview & GDT: Winnipeg Jets at San Jose Sharks

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San Jose Sharks v Winnipeg Jets
WINNIPEG, MB - JANUARY 7: Nikolaj Ehlers #27, Mathieu Perreault #85 and Tyler Myers #57 of the Winnipeg Jets get set for a third period face-off against the San Jose Sharks at the Bell MTS Place on January 7, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Sharks 4-1.
Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images

Time: 9:30 PM CST

Channel: TSN3, NBCSCA

Radio: TSN1290

In another classic remake of West Side Story, the Jets and the Sharks will once again breakdance fight their way towards hockey supremacy.

For those of you not up to date on your Broadway musicals, the Winnipeg Jets (28-13-7) square off against the San Jose Sharks (26-14-6) in the rubber match of their three game season series. The home team has been victorious in each game this season, with the Sharks blanking the Jets 4-0 in San Jose before Winnipeg exacted revenge to a 4-1 tune in their own barn.

The Jets are coming off of a pair of wins in a back to back set after their bye week that saw them beat the Flames and Canucks on consecutive nights. The Jets are currently riding a streak of four games where they only score one goal in regulation time, but superior goaltending means they’ve gone 2-2-0 in those games.

This two game road trip will be the last time the boys ni polar night blue will need their luggage for a while, as following it comes a span of ten straight home games, with zero back-to-backs in there. I’m sure Connor Hellebuyck and his terrific numbers on home ice are smiling about that.

Adam Lowry will miss his seventh consecutive game, as he took the morning skate with a non-contact jersey.

San Jose are winner of five of their last six, including two straight in which they defeated Pittsburgh then Anaheim. Aaron Dell saved 64 of 67 shots in those contests as he fills in for the injured Martin Jones.

Will the Sharks outdance the Jets?

Will the WiFi be any good at the Jets’ hotel?

Tune in this evening! Same Jets time (9:30 PM CST), Same Jets channel (TSN 3)!

Winnipeg Jets: 28-13-7

Stat Leaders:

Goals: Patrik Laine (21)

Assists: Blake Wheeler (40)

Points: Wheeler (54)

Goalie Stat Leaders:

Wins: Connor Hellebuyck (25)

Goals Against Average: Hellebuyck (2.29)

Save Percentage: Hellebuyck (.926)

Minutes: Hellebuyck (2,277)

Special Teams: PP 24.9% (2nd), PK 82.0% (13th)

San Jose Sharks: 26-14-6

Stat Leaders:

Goals: Logan Couture (17)

Assists: Brent Burns (31)

Points: Burns (38)

Goalie Stat Leaders:

Wins: Martin Jones (14)

Goals Against Average: Aaron Dell (2.17)

Save Percentage: Aaron Dell (.929)

Minutes: Jones (1,723)

Special Teams: PP 22.7% (5th), PK 84.1% (3rd)

Winnipeg Jets

FORWARDS

81 Kyle Connor/ 26 Blake Wheeler/ 29 Patrik Laine

85 Mathieu Perreault/ 18 Bryan Little/ 27 Nikolaj Ehlers

13 Brandon Tanev/ 9 Andrew Copp/ 40 Joel Armia

56 Marko Dano/ 15 Matt Hendricks/ 52 Jack Roslovic

DEFENCE

44 Josh Morrissey/ 8 Jacob Trouba

5 Dmitry Kulikov/ 57 Tyler Myers

39 Toby Enstrom/ 33 Dustin Byfuglien

STARTING GOALIE

37 Connor Hellebuyck

Riding the pine: 34 Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: 7 Ben Chiarot, 48 Brendan Lemieux

Injured: 55 Mark Scheifele (ETA Mid-late February, upper body), 35 Steve Mason (out since January 12, concussion) 17 Adam Lowry (Missing his seventh game, upper body), 16 Shawn Matthias (upper body, out since January 13)

San Jose Sharks

FORWARDS

28 Timo Meier -- 19 Joe Thornton -- 8 Joe Pavelski

48 Tomas Hertl -- 39 Logan Couture -- 62 Kevin Labanc

89 Mikkel Boedker -- 50 Chris Tierney -- 68 Melker Karlsson

23 Barclay Goodrow -- 42 Joel Ward -- 36 Jannik Hansen

DEFENCE

44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- 61 Justin Braun

47 Joakin Ryan -- 88 Brent Burns

4 Brenden Dillon -- 74 Dylan DeMelo

STARTING GOALIE: 30 Aaron Dell

Riding the pine: 1 Troy Grosenick

Scratched: 72 Tim Heed

Injured: 31 Martin Jones (Injured January 20), 27 Joonas Donskoi (flu)