San Jose (38-19-7) at Winnipeg (30-30-6)
When: Monday, March 6th 2017
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: CSN California, TSN3
The surging Winnipeg Jets look to continue their push toward a postseason berth when they host the San Jose Sharks on Monday night at MTS Centre. The Jets are in the middle of a six-game homestand in which they have won two of the first three by scoring a total of 14 goals and are just three points behind St. Louis for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 32nd goal in the Jets’ 6-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday, moving one ahead of Toronto’s Auston Matthews for first place among NHL rookies. Blake Wheeler became the fourth Jet this season to reach the 20-goal plateau, marking the fourth consecutive season he has more than 20. The veteran right winger, who is four points shy of 500 for his career, is in the middle of a four-game point streak during which he has collected three goals and five assists. Mathieu Perreault (three goals, eight assists) and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (two, seven) enter Monday’s game with seven-game point streaks. Bryan Little had two goals in the last meeting against San Jose, but the Sharks prevailed 4-3 to take the first two in the season series.
San Jose saw their three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday as it dropped a 3-1 decision at Minnesota, which regained the top spot in the Central Division. The loss was the first in regulation since February 9th for the Sharks, whose lead in the Pacific remains at five points. Joe Thornton was kept off the scoresheet Sunday for the second straight game, keeping him one assist shy of 1,000 for his career. Thornton, who is 23rd on the all-time scoring list with 1,381 points, is on the verge of becoming the 13th player in NHL history to register 1,000 assists. The veteran has scored only five goals in 64 games this season and needs three more to avoid having his lowest single-season total since his 1997-98 rookie season with Boston. Melker Karlsson, who scored the lone goal against the Wild, has scored seven of his nine goals this season away from home. Defenseman Brent Burns was kept off the scoresheet by Minnesota, ending his seven-game point streak. The Sharks return home after this contest to play their next six games in their own building, but it won’t be easy, as four of those teams have winning records.
The Jets are on a roll offensively right now and they’re hunting down a playoff berth and the Sharks will be playing the second of a back-to-back. Look for Winnipeg to come out strong in the first period and hold on for a victory.
Pick: Jets -117
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