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Division leaders meet as Sharks visit Jets
San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets
- The Sharks beat the Wild, 3-0, in Minnesota on Monday, their fifth consecutive win. San Jose is 14-0-1 in its last 15 games scoring at least three goals. They're 0-12-3 this season when scoring fewer than three goals, the only team without a win in such a game.
- Tomas Hertl scored in the win over Minnesota, his third goal in his last four games, extending his point streak to five games (3g, 3a). Hertl has been held off the scoresheet in his last four games against the Jets.
- These teams have split their two meetings this season, with the road team getting a win in each one. San Jose is 6-2-1 in Winnipeg since the Jets moved there before the 2011-12 season.
- The Jets fell to the Capitals, 3-1, on Sunday, dropping to 4-6-1 in their last 11 games. Since the All-Star break, they're 2-9-2 when scoring three or fewer, and 7-0-0 when scoring four or more.
- Jack Roslovic had the primary assist on Mathieu Perreault's goal for the Jets, giving him three assists in his last two games. Since a career-high four points on February 2, Roslovic has four points (all assists) in 16 games.
- The Jets are 8-1-0 this season when facing an opponent in the second of a back-to-back; only the Islanders (11-0-1) and Maple Leafs (10-1-0) have been better in such games. The Sharks are 6-4-1 on zero days' rest this season, eighth in the NHL.
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The Winnipeg Jets' potent power play scored in seven of the team's previous eight contests before coming up empty Sunday in the finale of a four-game road trip.
The Jets hope their success with the man advantage returns on Tuesday when they open a three-game homestand against another division-leading team, the San Jose Sharks, who have won five in a row.
San Jose posted a 3-0 road win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday to take over first place in the Pacific Division from the idle Calgary Flames.
Central Division-leading Winnipeg failed to dent the scoresheet on all five power-play opportunities -- including an extended five-on-three advantage in the first period -- in a 3-1 setback at Washington on Sunday.
"We've got to do a better job as a power-play unit to be able to score and turn these tight games for us," Jets forward Patrik Laine told the Winnipeg Sun.
"Their penalty kill did a good job. They were pressuring us pretty hard, so we couldn't really settle down. We just need to shoot more. ... We've got to shoot more and have the shooter's mentality on the power play."
Winnipeg fourth-line forward Mathieu Perreault scored in the first period on Sunday to snap a 14-game goal drought. His previous tally came in a 3-2 overtime loss against the visiting Sharks on Feb. 5.
Captain Blake Wheeler, who leads the Jets in assists (64) and points (83), scored in that contest and notched three assists in the Jets' 5-3 win at San Jose on Dec. 20.
However, the 32-year-old Minnesota native saw his goal and point streaks end at four and eight, respectively, in the Sunday setback to the Capitals.
Mark Scheifele has a Jets-best 32 goals, and his 75 points are second only to Wheeler's total, yet he has been held off the scoresheet in three straight games. He mustered just one shot on goal in each of his past two outings.
"No one likes losing, so it stings a bit," Jets forward Bryan Little said, per the Winnipeg Sun. "Overall, we played a good game. We limited a lot of their chances against and kept the shots down and had a lot of chances. Nothing to be hanging our heads about, but it's a tough result."
San Jose received its fifth straight positive result on Monday as Martin Jones saved all 24 shots he faced.
Jones has turned aside 128 of 137 shots during his five-game winning streak to help the Sharks move one point ahead of the Flames.
The 29-year-old goalie said in his postgame interview with NBC Sports Network that San Jose is focused on winning its division in order to secure home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
"That's the goal for sure," Jones said. "We're going to control what we can control, we're gonna play hard in our games and try to rack up as many points as we can. Obviously home ice is a great advantage to have a come playoff time."
When asked if he would be back in net to face Winnipeg, Jones was direct with his response.
"I always want to play, but I play when I'm told -- that's my job," he said.
Sharks winger Timo Meier recorded his 100th career point and extended his point streak to five games (five goals, one assist) on Monday by setting up Tomas Hertl's third-period goal.
Hertl also has a five-game point streak, producing three goals and as many assists in that span.
Captain Joe Pavelski, who leads San Jose with 36 goals, has 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 21 career meetings with Winnipeg. Fellow forward Joe Thornton has 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 39 encounters with the Jets.
San Jose forward Evander Kane is on personal leave and has been ruled out for the Tuesday contest against his former team.
--Field Level Media
Updated March 12, 2019