Programming note: Sharks-Maple Leafs coverage starts today at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California with Sharks Pregame Live.
Where they stand
Sharks: 34-28-8, 76 points, 5th Pacific Division
Maple Leafs: 27-38-6, 60 points, 7th Central Division
San Jose is six points behind the Kings for third place in the Pacific Division, and six points behind Winnipeg for the second wild card spot. Each team has 12 games remaining.
Sharks: The Sharks lost an important game in Winnipeg to kick off a seven-game road trip, 5-2 to the Jets on Tuesday at MTS Centre. Winnipeg scored three times in the first period and was in control for the duration, while Joe Pavelski scored both goals for San Jose in its second straight loss. The Sharks will play their next six games against Eastern Conference clubs, all on the road.
Maple Leafs: James van Riemsdyk scored the only goal for Toronto in a 4-1 loss to the lowly Oilers on Monday night at Rexall Place. It was their third straight defeat, and eighth in the last 10 (2-7-1). The Maple Leafs, who have been outscored 14-4 during their three-game losing streak, are 19-14-1 on home ice but just 8-24-5 on the road.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Patrick Marleau. The Sharks’ highest paid player has zero points in his last five games while his -17 rating is the worst mark on the team. The 35-year-old has just 15 goals, including just one even strength, non-empty net goal in his last 21 games, and has been bumped to the third line in two of the last five games including in the third period against Winnipeg on Tuesday. Just like they have most of the year, the Sharks need more from Marleau.
Maple Leafs: Dion Phaneuf. The Maple Leafs captain leads the team with 23:24 of ice time per game, and is their highest scoring defenseman with 27 points. He also leads all Toronto active skaters with 14 career points against the Sharks (4g, 10a) in 24 career regular season games. The game in San Jose on Jan. 15 got a bit chippy, with Phaneuf and Joe Thornton pushing and shoving at one point late in the first period.
Goals per game: 2.74 (16th)
Goals-against per game: 2.76 (23rd)
Power play: 21.7 percent (5th)
Penalty kill: 78.8 percent (25th)
Goals per game: 2.59 (20th)
Goals-against per game: 3.14 (26th)
Power play: 17.2 percent (22nd)
Penalty kill: 80.9 percent (19th)
Karlsson - Thornton - Pavelski
Wingels - Couture - Nieto
Marleau - Tierney - Hertl
Tarasov - Smith - Goodrow
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Matt Irwin – Brenden Dillon
Mirco Mueller – Brent Burns
Richard Panik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk – Trevor Smith – David Booth
Leo Komarov – Zach Sill – Joffrey Lupul
Tim Erixon – Joakim Lindstrom – Brandon Kozun
Jake Gardiner – Dion Phaneuf
Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly
T.J. Brennan – Andrew MacWilliam
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee surgery) and Mike Brown (broken right fibula) are out.
Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri (suspension) is out. Korbinian Holzer (concussion), Stephane Robidas (shoulder), Roman Polak (sports hernia) and Peter Holland (lower body) are day-to-day.
The Sharks won the only other game of the season series, 3-1 at home on Jan. 15. San Jose is 8-1-0 in the last nine games against the Maple Leafs, but just 17-20-5 all-time.
Odds and ends
*The Sharks’ penalty kill is just 21 for its last 30 over the last nine games (70 percent).
*San Jose’s power play is 8-for-27 (29.7 percent) over the last nine games.
*San Jose is 17-12-3 on the road.
*The Sharks have nine road games remaining, and just three at home.
*Joe Pavelski is tied for 4th in the NHL with 34 goals.
“There’s nothing else we can do. We can sit in a corner, and cry if we wanted to but that’s not going to help one bit. … We have to park it and move on. We have no other option.” – Todd McLellan, after Tuesday’s loss in Winnipeg