The San Jose Sharks will travel to Winnipeg on Friday night for a matchup with the Jets. Winnipeg is trying to play its way into the playoff field in the Western Conference, while this has been a forgettable season for the Sharks. San Jose still has a veteran group of players, and it won’t give up on the season.
Winnipeg entered the week with 63 points, and it is trending in the right direction. The Jets are holding on to a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but they have some work to do.
San Jose had just 52 points so far this season entering the week, and it is near the bottom of the Western Conference. The Sharks will likely be sellers at the trade deadline.
This game features a young and explosive offensive team in the Jets taking on a veteran and stingy defense of the Sharks.
The Sharks might have some big names on their roster, but they have really struggled to score goals this season. San Jose is averaging just 2.6 goals per game, which is well below the league average.
The Sharks are converting on just 16 percent of their power-play chances, and that is something that must improve as the season goes along.
Defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the team with 33 assists and 38 points, which points to a lack of scoring from the forwards of San Jose. Evander Kane now leads the team with 21 goals, but he might be dealt over the next few weeks.
The Sharks also give up 3.2 goals per game this season, and they are going to struggle to slow down the Jets in this game.
The Jets have a pair of terrific offensive weapons carrying their team in Mark Schiefele and Kyle Connor. Connor leads the team with 28 goals and 59 points, while Schiefele has a team-high 36 assists on the season.
The Jets are still scoring less than three goals per game, but their offense and power play have been clicking of late.
Goaltender Connor Helleybuck is allowing just 2.67 goals per game this season, and he is one of the top netminders in the league. Helleybuck has stopped 92 percent of the shots he has faced this season, and he already has notched four shutouts. The Jets do a great job of supporting their goalie, but he has been dominant.