Winnipeg Jets (1-0-0) at San Jose Sharks (1-0-0) 9:00 p.m.,SAP Center, TV: Sportsnet 360 Radio:TSN 1290

The Jets fly into San Jose to face the Sharks for each of the teams second game of the season. Both largely exceeded expectations in their first game with each team winning by 4 goals. The Jets of course knocked off the Coyotes 6-2 in a very impressive performance, while the San Jose Sharks spoiled the party in LA, a 4-0 win on the night they raised their second banner to the rafters. Both teams will look to continue their success Saturday night. Jets, Sharks, Lets Go!


The San Jose Sharks had one of the most interesting off seasons in the league. Though not committing to a full rebuild the Sharks seem to have pointed themselves in that direction. Demoting some top players and even removing the captaincy from Joe Thornton. So far it seems to have worked though, a surprising win in LA ( a foe the Jets will see Sunday night) and all the noise seems to have died down. Questions are still being asked however as the Sharks have seemed just plain odd early on. Both their captains ( 3 assistants ), and their starting goaltender were not named until hours before opening night puck drop. Though game one went well it will still be interesting to see how this team responds to some odd management decisions.


The Jets are coming off a game one victory in Arizona, but the win did come with a price that has dominated headlines. Evander Kane and Mark Scheifele collided knee on knee just a couple shifts into the game. Kane returned briefly afterwards but soon left, and after an MRI Friday afternoon the team has announced he will miss the rest of the road trip and probably more. This is clearly a huge blow to the Jets and to Evander Kane, a guy who expected that this season would finally be the one in which he took the next step. Besides that the Jets can really be happy about there game, winning in all facets and despite getting hemmed into their own zone for a few large periods, they weathered the storm and did what they had to do. The challenge in California will be much stiffer than they saw in Arizona however.

Keys to the Game

Powerplay: The one area the Jets could be a little less happy with, Winnipeg went 0/5 against the Coyotes with the man advantage. Despite the fact that they did have stretches of dominance, they could not put the puck in the net, and that is how success is measured in this category.

Shot Blocking: Led by Mark Stuart, over the last couple years the Jets have bought into the system and are willing to lay their bodies on the line to help out their goalie. With 16 blocked shots in game one, the Jets were happy with their performance, and until Ondrej Pavelec can prove himself they need to continue this trend.

Joe Thornton: The big Canadian has been one of the most prolific scorers in the league for years. This year he has dealt with some adversity, losing his captains C. How he and the rest of the team react to this will go a long way in determining the success of the Sharks.

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (1-0-0) GAA: 2.00 SV% .929
Antti Niemi (1-0-0) GAA: 0.00 SV% 1.000


Cormier, WPG, (Eye) out
Kane, WPG, (Knee) out

Torres, SJ, (knee) out
Kennedy, SJ, (undisclosed) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 1-0-0
Sharks: 1-0-0


Sharks bottle Jets up.
Sharks 3 Jets 1

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