NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, March 24th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (34-24-10) at Minnesota Wild (32-31-7), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks will try to get back on the winning
track tonight, as they travel to St. Paul to battle the Minnesota Wild.
San Jose has won six of its last eight games, but is still two points behind
Edmonton for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The
Sharks are coming off Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, who
currently lead the Western Conference with 102 points.
Each of the Sharks' last seven losses have come against teams currently in the
West's playoff picture.
On Thursday, Evgeni Nabokov let in four goals on 30 shots for the Sharks.
Nabokov has struggled of late, allowing 14 goals in his last three outings.
Scott Hannan recorded four shots on goal for the Sharks, who suffered their
first loss in regulation in nine games.
The Sharks, who are just 12-17-4 as the visitor, will play the third test of a
five-game road trip tonight.
Minnesota, meanwhile, has dropped three of its last four games. On Wednesday,
Jussi Jokinen scored a goal and tallied two assists and Marty Turco recorded
his league-leading 37th win of the season as the Dallas Stars downed the Wild,
4-2, at American Airlines Center.
Marian Gaborik and Brian Rolston both scored for the Wild. Gaborik also
recorded an assist and Manny Fernandez made 20 saves in the loss.
Minnesota has won all three matchups with the Sharks this season and has won
four straight and five of last eight overall meetings. San Jose has also
struggled as the road team in this series and is just 2-5-1 in its last eight
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