Programming note: Jets-Sharks coverage starts tonight at 7pm with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California.
Where they stand
Sharks: 45-29-6, 96 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Jets: 33-39-8, 74 points, 7th Central Division
The Sharks trail the Ducks and Kings by three points. Anaheim has one game in hand. The Kings host the Ducks tonight.
San Jose will play either Los Angeles or Anaheim in the first round.
Sharks: San Jose won both of its games on its final road trip, including a 3-0 shutout of Minnesota on Tuesday. James Reimer made 29 saves, and Patrick Marleau scored twice as San Jose won its 28th road game, a franchise record. The Sharks, 4-1-0 in their last five, conclude the regular season on Saturday against Arizona.
Jets: On Tuesday, Winnipeg claimed a 2-1 overtime win over the Ducks at Honda Center despite trailing entering the third period. It was just their second win when trailing after two all season (2-27-5). The Jets, 2-1-2 in their last five, conclude their playoff-less season on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Patrick Marleau. His goal late in the third period on Tuesday put the game away for San Jose, and was just Marleau’s second even strength goal in his last 45 games. The Sharks would love to see the veteran forward heat up headed into the postseason, particularly during five-on-five situations as the club’s third line center. Tuesday was Marleau’s first two-goal game since Oct. 10.
Jets: Blake Wheeler. Winnipeg’s leading scorer brings a career-high nine-game point streak into tonight’s game, the longest active streak in the league, while tallying 12 points over that span (6g, 6a). He scored the overtime winner against the Ducks on Tuesday, and his 74 points ties him for ninth in the NHL with Brent Burns and Artemi Panarin.
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Nick Spaling – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
Melker Karlsson – Chris Tierney – Micheal Haley
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Roman Polak
Martin Jones (confirmed starter)
Nikolaj Ehlers – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler
Marko Dano – Alex Burmistrov – Drew Stafford
Nicolas Petan – Andrew Copp – Joel Armia
Chris Thorburn – Adam Lowry – Matt Halischuk
Ben Chiarot – Dustin Byfuglien
Mark Stuart – Jacob Trouba
Julien Melchiori – Paul Postma
Ondrej Pavalec (confirmed starter)
Goals per game: 2.90 (4th)
Goals-against per game: 2.53 (11th)
Power play: 22.3 percent (4th)
Penalty kill: 80.7 percent (21st)
Goals per game: 2.55 (22nd)
Goals-against per game: 2.86 (22nd)
Power play: 14.4 percent (30th)
Penalty kill: 78.8 percent (25th)
Sharks: Dainius Zubrus (maintenance), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (right knee), Matt Nieto (right hand) and Matt Tennyson (concussion) are out.
Jets: Grant Clitsome (back), Bryan Little (fractured vertebrae), Anthony Peluso (shoulder), J.C. Lipon (undisclosed), Mathieu Perreault (concussion), Toby Enstrom (knee) and Tyler Myers (knee) are out.
The Sharks and Jets have split the first two games. In arguably their worst game of the season, the Sharks dropped a 4-1 decision to Winnipeg on Jan. 2. Ten days later, they won 4-1 in Manitoba.