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JNGD.49 Flight Plan: When Is Shark Week?

In the final week before the All-Star break, the Jets embark on a California road trip which begins in San Jose. This is the third and final meeting between these two teams, both coming off of wins on Sunday. Who takes game 3? I guess we’ll find out.

Winnipeg Jets (28-13-7)

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San Jose Sharks (26-14-6)

January 23, 2018 – Puck drop: 9:30 PM CST
SAP Center at San Jose – San Jose, CA.
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The Jets are coming off a 1-0 win against the Canucks, and are currently riding a 2 game win-streak since coming off of the bye week. Now, in the last stretch of games before this weekend’s all star game, the Jets swing down to California for a two game trip. It’s been an interesting stretch for the Jets, missing both Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry. Aside from dropping the 2 games in Chicago and Minnesota, the Jets have hung in there, going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

Recently for the Sharks…

The Sharks are also currently on a 2-game win-streak of their own, most recently beating the division rival Anaheim Ducks 6-2 on Sunday. Their last ten has been filled with a lot of extra hockey, finishing 4 games in OT or Shootout. Overall, they have gone 6-2-2. Aside from team success, “Jumbo” Joe Thornton continued to add to his legend, passing Bryan Trottier in career points, picking up his 1,426th point. Next up on that list? Jet Fan favourite, Teemu Selanne with 1,457. I must say, Thornton is doing pretty well for a guy left off of the NHL’s Top 100 list.

Recently between both teams…

The season series has been split so far, with the Sharks taking game one in San Jose 4-0 on November 25th, and the Jets winning the game 2 in Winnipeg 4-1 on January 7th. This is the first game since the online storm of the Sharks calling Winnipeg “cold and dark”, so I’m sure news outlets will be eating this one up for the final time this season.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA
Marko Dano
MARKO DANO
Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS
Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM
Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
Michael Hutchinson
MICHAEL HUTCHINSON

San Jose Sharks Lines

Gameday Prediction

Both of these teams can find strokes of brilliance when it comes to scoring goals, and the Sharks showed that in their last game after putting up 6 on Anaheim. While the Jets haven’t been putting up the goals in the last few games, they’re finding ways to win games defensively. I’m going to say the scoring starts to return for us, while our defense holds up against a somewhat potent offense. Jets win this one 4-2.