Programming note: Sharks-Wild coverage starts tonight at 4:30pm with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California.
Where they stand
Sharks: 44-29-6, 94 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Wild: 38-31-11, 87 points, 5th Central Division
The Sharks trail the Ducks by four points and Kings by three points in the Pacific Division. Anaheim has one game in hand.
If the playoffs started today, the Sharks would face the Kings on the road.
Los Angeles visits Calgary tonight, while Anaheim hosts the Jets.
Sharks: San Jose erased a 2-0 third period deficit to beat the Predators in a shootout in Nashville on Saturday, 3-2. Tomas Hertl scored both regulation goals for the Sharks, who have won 27 road games, tying a franchise record headed into tonight’s road finale. The Sharks are 3-1-0 in their last four games overall.
Wild: Minnesota will be attempting to punch its ticket to the postseason for the fourth straight season with a win or Colorado regulation loss tonight. The Wild has dropped its last three in regulation, though, including a 5-1 spanking in Winnipeg on Sunday.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: James Reimer. The goalie will be making his second straight start for the first time since he was acquired from Toronto, after stopping 28 Nashville shots on Saturday. Although he’s not likely to be the playoff starter, Reimer could at least make the decision for coach Pete DeBoer a more difficult one with another standout performance. He’s 5-2-0 with a 1.85 GAA and .927 SP with the Sharks.
Wild: Mikael Granlund. The winger has goals in back-to-back games, and have five points in his last five games (3g, 2a). The 24-year-old, who has a career-high 44 points, will start the game on the top line with Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise.
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Nick Spaling – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
Melker Karlsson – Dainius Zubrus - Micheal Haley
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
James Reimer (confirmed starter)
Zach Parise – Mikko Koivu – Mikael Granlund
Nino Niederreiter – Erik Haula – Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker – Charlie Coyle – Zac Dalpe
Chris Porter – Jarret Stoll – David Jones
Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Marco Scandella – Jonas Brodin
Nate Prosser – Christian Folin
Devan Dubnyk (confirmed starter)
Goals per game: 2.90 (4th)
Goals-against per game: 2.56 (12th)
Power play: 22.1 percent (4th)
Penalty kill: 80.4 percent (21st)
Goals per game: 2.65 (16th)
Goals-against per game: 2.49 (9th)
Power play: 19.1 percent (13th)
Penalty kill: 77.9 percent (27th)
Sharks: Chris Tierney (undisclosed), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (right knee), Matt Nieto (right hand) and Matt Tennyson (concussion) are out.
Wild: Ryan Carter (upper body) and Thomas Vanek (undisclosed) are out.
The Sharks and Wild have met twice, both at SAP Center. Minnesota won on Dec. 12, 2-0, while San Jose claimed a 4-3 win on Jan. 23.
Minnesota has an eight-game point streak against the Sharks at Xcel Energy Center (7-0-1).
Odds and ends
*The Sharks’ 57 points on the road (27-10-3) leads the league, and is one point shy of their franchise record in 2007-08.
*Brent Burns was named as the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday. He is on a six-game point/assist streak (1g, 8a).
*San Jose is 8-2-0 in its last 10 games against teams currently in the playoffs.
*The Wild is 15-9-1 under interim coach John Torchetti, including 7-4-0 at home.
*Wild leading scorer and captain Mikko Koivu has 10 points (2g, 8a) in the last 10 games.