Programming note: Sharks-Jets coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 20-14-5, 45 points, 4th Pacific Division
Jets: 20-12-7, 47 points, 4th Central Division
Sharks: San Jose suffered its worse loss of the season on Saturday, a 7-2 pasting at the hands of the St. Louis Blues at SAP Center. Joe Pavelski scored his 20th goal, but the Blues were led offensively by T.J. Oshie’s hat trick, as the Sharks played without Joe Thornton for the first time in more than four years. The Sharks continue a three-game road trip in Minnesota on Tuesday and St. Louis on Thursday, and return home to host Dan Boyle and the Rangers on Saturday.
Jets: Winnipeg skated to a 5-1 home win over Toronto on Saturday, getting goals from five different players. The Jets are 5-2-1 in their last seven games, and are concluding a four-game homestand tonight with the Sharks. They lost the first two games at MTS Centre to Minnesota and the New York Islanders.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Barclay Goodrow. The Sharks rookie enters the game with four points in his last seven games (1g, 3a), and has been seeing time on the top power play unit with Joe Thornton still out. Based on Sunday’s practice, the 21-year-old could be starting the night on the left side of center Patrick Marleau and right wing Tommy Wingels, as San Jose shakes things up in search of more even-strength offense.
Jets: Andrew Ladd. The Jets’ leading scorer with 31 points, the 29-year-old left wing has eight points (3g, 5a) in his last five games. The Winnipeg captain and two-time Stanley Cup winner has a team-leading nine multiple-point games this season, and has 13 points (8g, 5a) in 16 career games vs. San Jose.
Goals per game: 2.67 (18th)
Goals-against per game: 2.54 (14th)
Power play: 21.8 percent (7th)
Penalty kill: 82.2 percent (12th)
Goals per game: 2.54 (22nd)
Goals-against per game: 2.31 (4th)
Power play: 16.9 percent (20th)
Penalty kill: 85.1 percent (7th)
Melker Karlsson – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Barclay Goodrow – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
Tomas Hertl – James Sheppard – Matt Nieto
John Scott – Andrew Desjardins – Tye McGinn
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Brent Burns
Scott Hannan – Matt Tennyson
Andrew Ladd – Bryan Little – Blake Wheeler
Mathieu Perreault – Mark Scheifele – Michael Frolik
T.J. Galiardi – Adam Lowry – Matt Halischuk
Chris Thorburn – Jim Slater – Anthony Peluso
Ben Chiarot – Dustin Byfuglien
Jay Harrison – Paul Postma
Adam Pardy – Julien Brouillette
Sharks: Joe Thornton (upper body), Raffi Torres (right knee), Tyler Kennedy (left shoulder) and Mike Brown (broken right fibula) are out.
Jets: Toby Enstrom (lower body), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Jacob Trouba (upper body), Mark Stuart (lower body) and Evander Kane (lower body) are on injured reserve. Grant Clitsome (undisclosed) is day-to-day.
The Sharks claimed a 3-0 win over the Jets on Oct. 11 in their home opener. Patrick Marleau led the way offensively with one goal and one assist, and Alex Stalock earned the shutout with 30 saves. The teams meet again at MTS Centre on March 17.
All-time, the Sharks are 12-2-4 against the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise, and have allowed just 35 goals over the last 16 games.
Odds and ends
*Joe Thornton was placed on injured reserve on Sunday, and will also miss Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.
*The Sharks are expected to recall Freddie Hamilton before Tuesday's game against the Wild.
*John Scott is eligible to play against the Jets after serving out his four-game suspension.
*After playing in the World Juniors for Switzerland, defenseman Mirco Mueller is expected to re-join the Sharks at some point on the road trip.
*Micheal Haley was reassigned to Worcester on Sunday.
*Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson leads the league in goals-against average (1.81) and save percentage (.937). He is 10-3-2 on the season, and has started four of the last five games.
*Winnipeg is tied for the NHL lead with six shorthanded goals.
*The Jets’ Bryan Little has a six-game point streak (3g, 6a).
*Joe Pavelski leads the NHL with 10 power play goals.
“You’ve got to feel the pain for a couple hours, and then realize that there’s a new game [Monday].” - James Sheppard, on the 7-2 home loss to the Blues