Wednesday, March 29, 2023

NHL Preview: San Jose Sharks (18-33-12) at Winnipeg Jets (36-25-2)


Game 63 – 3/4 – SJS 3 vs WSH 8…Erik Karlsson (0g, 2a) became only active NHL defenseman with multiple 80-point campaigns to his record, a pair of assists representing his 79th and 80th points of the year. Reaching 60 assists on the year, he is the 10th all-time NHL blue-liner to hit 60 helpers in 63 or fewer games played, the second in the last 28 years. Alexander Barabanov (1g, 0a) notched his 40th point of the campaign, a career high, and Nico Sturm (0g, 1a) set a career best with his 21st point of the season, an assist. William Eklund (0g, 1a) made his season debut with the Sharks and tallied his fifth career assist in his 10th NHL game. Tomas Hertl (1g, 0a) moved into eighth on San Jose’s all-time power play goals list with the 44th of his tenure.
SJ Goals: Hertl (16 pp), Barabanov (13)
SF: 41
SA: 30
SJ PP: 1/3
SJ PK: 2/3
W: Kuemper
L: Kahkonen

3/5 Recalled D Nick Cicek and D Nikolai Knyzhov from the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Recalled F William Eklund from the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Acquired F Jacob Peterson in exchange for F Scott Reedy; assigned Peterson to the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Assigned D Derrick Pouliot to the San Jose Barracuda
3/3 Acquired Winnipeg’s 2025 fourth-round selection in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov
3/3 Acquired Pittsburgh’s 2023 seventh-round selection and conditional 2024 fifth-round selection (becomes fourth-round if Pittsburgh advances to the 2023 Eastern Conference Final) from Pittsburgh and the rights to D Arvid Henriksson from Montreal in a three-team trade. The Sharks traded F Nick Bonino and the club’s 2024 fifth-round selection to Montreal and D Tony Sund to Pittsburgh. Montreal traded Bonino (50% retained) to Pittsburgh in exchange for Sund.
3/2 Signed D Derrick Pouliot to a one-year, two-way contract
3/1 Acquired F Vladislav Namestnikov from Tampa Bay (50% retained) in exchange for F Mikey Eyssimont

The Winnipeg Jets look to keep pace in the Central Division race as they play host to the San Jose Sharks, the club in a tight battle with the Colorado Avalanche for the third playoff berth. The Jets, who boast a 21-10-1 record at home on the year, enter Monday’s matchup after splitting a home-and-home with the Edmonton Oilers, falling Friday on the road but earning a 7-5 win Saturday over the Oilers. Winnipeg is led by Norris contender Josh Morrissey, who ranks second on the club with 66 points and is first with 51 assists. The defenseman has six game-winning goals on the year, tied for second-most on the squad, and has a Jets-leading 26 power play points.


Scene Setter
The Winnipeg Jets play the middle game of a three-game homestand on Monday night when they host the San Jose Sharks. Winnipeg ended a five-game winless streak with a 7-5 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night to win the season series. The Jets end the homestand with a meeting against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday before playing eight of 10 games on the road.

Tale of the Tape
63 GP 63
36 W 18
25 L 33
1 OT 12
73 PTS 48
197 GF 186
176 GA 240
21.6% PP 18.5%
83.3% PK 82.8%

Next Five Games
Date Opp TV Radio
Mar. 6 SJS SN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 8 MIN SN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 11 At FLA SN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 12 At TBL TSN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 14 At CAR TSN CJOB/Power 97

Recent Five Games
Date Opp SC Res Streak
Feb. 24 COL 5-1 L 2L
Feb. 26 NYI 4-0 L 3L
Feb. 28 LAK 6-5 SOL 4L
Mar. 3 At EDM 6-3 L 5L
Mar. 4 EDM 7-5 W 1W

Broadcast Information
TV: Sportsnet
Play-By-Play: John Bartlett
Analyst: Sam Cosentino
Rinkside: Sean Reynolds
Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97
Play-By-Play: Paul Edmonds
Analyst: Jamie Thomas
Host: Kelly Moore

Upcoming Schedule
Monday, March 6
Morning Skate 9:30 a.m.
Jets vs. San Jose Sharks 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7
Practice – Canada Life Centre 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8
Morning Skate 9:30 a.m.
Jets vs. Minnesota Wild 6:00 p.m.
All Times Local

Last Game
Winnipeg Jets 7
Edmonton Oilers 5
Jets Scorers: Scheifele (35), Morrissey (14, 15), Lowry (8), Capobianco (8), Barron (6), DeMelo (3)
Oilers Scorers: Draisaitl (39, 40, 41), Janmark (6), Bjugstad (14)
Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (30 sv, 5 ga)
Oilers Goaltender: Jack Campbell (32 sv, 6 ga)
Jets PP: 1-for-3
Jets PK: 1-for-3
Recap: Josh Morrissey led the Jets with two goals and an assist in a 7-5 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. Dylan DeMelo, Morgan Barron, and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and assist in the victory. Winnipeg scored four times in the second period to match a season high for goals in a period.

Goal Outburst
The Jets matched a season high with seven goals on Saturday against Edmonton… Winnipeg has scored 15 goals in their past three games after scoring 16 goals on their previous eight games… The Jets are averaging 3.11 goals per game this season, which is 18th in the NHL.

Ending the Slide
Winnipeg put a stop to their five-game winless streak on Saturday… The Jets have seven winning streaks of at least three games this season, but haven’t won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 30-Feb. 14.

Starting the Week Off Right
The Jets are 4-1-0 on Mondays this season, including four in a row… Winnipeg has outscored their opponents 17-10 in the handful of games.

Against the Pacific
Winnipeg is 11-5-2 against the Pacific Division this season… Kyle Connor (9G, 14A) and Josh Morrissey (5G, 18A) lead the Jets with 23 points in 18 games against the Pacific Division this season, while Mark Scheifele has 13 goals in 18 games, including six of his 10 power play goals this season.

From the Point
The Jets had five defencemen register at least a point in the same game for the fourth time this season on Saturday… They combined for four goals and three assists… Winnipeg defencemen have accounted for 154 points (37G, 117A) this season, which is third in the NHL and nine points away from the 163 points they had all of last season.

Home Comforts
The Jets are 21-10-1 at Canada Life Centre this season, which is sixth in the NHL and second in the Western Conference… Kyle Connor (15G, 24A) and Josh Morrissey (13G, 26A) lead the team with 39 points in 32 home games… Mark Scheifele’s 19 goals at home leads the team and has him five goals behind his career high 24 goals he had at home during the 2018-19 season… Connor Hellebuyck has been stellar on home ice this season, going 17-8-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and three shutouts… Winnipeg is 250-159-37 all-time at Canada Life Centre and have posted a .500 record or better at home in six consecutive seasons.

Jets vs. SJS Notes
Season Series
The Jets and Sharks play their first of three meetings on the season tonight at Canada Life Centre… Winnipeg travels to San Jose on Mar. 28, while the Sharks make a return visit on Apr. 10.

Recent History
Winnipeg is 6-3-2 in its past 11 games against the Sharks and went 1-1-1 last season the trio of games. Seven of the 11 games have been decided by one goal… The Jets have been held without a power play goal in their last three games against San Jose (0-for-6).

In Winnipeg
Winnipeg has gone 2-2-1 in the past five games against San Jose in Winnipeg and are a perfect 5-for-5 on penalty kill in the past three games.

Player Notes
Sam Gagner has a team best 28 points (8G, 20A) in 45 games against the Sharks during his career… Blake Wheeler has 24 points (7G, 17A) in 28 games against San Jose. Ten of his 17 assists have come on the power play… Connor Hellebuyck is 7-5-2 with a .928 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average in 15 career games against the Sharks.

Jets vs. SJS Records
Overall Record
38 13 21 4

Home Record
18 5 11 2

Away Record
20 8 10 2

Jets vs. SJS Past 10 Games
01/23/2018 @SJ W 5 4 23 3 1 10 33 3 1 19
12/20/2018 @SJ W 5 3 24 3 0 13 44 4 1 11
02/05/2019 SJ OTL 2 3 27 5 0 8 38 3 1 12
03/12/2019 SJ L 4 5 25 2 1 4 36 2 0 4
11/01/2019 @SJ W 3 2 19 2 0 4 53 2 0 4
11/27/2019 @SJ W 5 1 26 3 1 34 33 6 0 18
02/14/2020 SJ L 2 3 32 3 1 8 35 3 0 10
10/16/2021 @SJ L 3 4 23 3 0 17 31 5 2 13
10/30/2021 @SJ OTL 1 2 35 0 0 8 36 3 1 2
11/11/2021 SJ W 4 1 34 3 0 7 27 0 0 13

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