Winnipeg Jets (22-10-2) vs San Jose Sharks (19-11-5) Live | NHL Hockey on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:30 pm in SAP Center at San Jose.
The San Jose Sharks point to their sixth consecutive win on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets. His bid for a six-game winning streak ended in a 4-1 loss on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The showdown will feature two of the four best teams in the Western Conference on Wednesday, with the Jets tied with Calgary and Nashville at 46 points, just three ahead of the Sharks after San Jose blocked Minnesota 4-0 on Tuesday.
San Jose goalkeeper Martin Jones made 26 saves for his first season finale on Tuesday, winning for the third time in a row and improving to 5-1-0 in his last seven games. “I think everyone is better than at the beginning of the season,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer told the media after San Jose won its seventh victory in eight games. “We also have some timely stops, I think it’s a bit of everything.” Playing for the seventh time in 12 days may have reached the Jets on Tuesday, as Winnipeg gave up the last three goals of the game. “Just one of those nights,” Jets forward Mathieu Perreault told reporters after the game, during which he extended his series of goals to five wins. “Bounce did not work as planned, we had our opportunities, but we could not place them and score.”
Television: 10:30 ET, TSN3 (Winnipeg), NBCS California (San José)
Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks: Odds Line
The Line: San Jose Sharks -135 / Winnipeg Jets +110 — Over/Under: 6
Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks: New
THE JETS (22-10-2):
Perreault, who has never scored more than 18 goals in a season, has five with help in his six-point series. Goalscorer Connor Hellebuyck conceded two goals in bad rebounds, falling to 6-2-0 in his last eight games, allowing three or more goals for the third consecutive game. Most of Winnipeg’s best offensive players were silent against Los Angeles, including center Mark Scheifele, who finished unmarked after scoring 14 goals in his last five games.
THE SHARKS (19-11-5):
Jones allowed just 12 goals in seven games, posting a .936 save percentage during that period. The Logan Couture Center has scored two goals against the Wild, giving them three goals in their last two games and three consecutive two-point games. The Joe Pavelski Center scored his 21st goal on Tuesday, leading the team, tying for eighth place tied with a score of 3.31 per game.
Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks: Beeting Line
- San Jose ranks third in the NHL with 85.3% of the shots on goal, and their opponents have a power of 0 to 6 in the last four games.
- Winnipeg F Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien had five straight sets of points on Tuesday.
- Sharks D Erik Karlsson has seven assists in six games, while Couture has seven goals and 12 assists in his last 15 games.
Winnipeg Jets vs San Jose Sharks: Predictions
Jets 4, Sharks 3.