NBCSN’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with Monday night’s matchup between the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild. Coverage begins at 7p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.
Tonight’s matchup could very well be a playoff preview – if San Jose wins the Pacific Division and the Wild secure a postseason Wild Card berth. The Sharks currently have 90 points, the second-most in the West behind the Calgary Flames (91), while the Wild have 74 points, one point ahead of Arizona (73 pts).
The Sharks enter this game on a four-game winning streak and are 13-3-1 in their last 17 games (since Jan. 22). They’ve scored five-plus goals in three of their last six games and are 4-for-12 (33.3 percent) on the power play in that span (San Jose is 14-for-49 (28.6 percent) on the power play since Jan. 22).
The Sharks went a perfect 4-0-0 on their recent four-game homestand despite being down some key players. Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane both missed the entire homestand, while Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski both played at less than 100 percent, battling through flu bugs.
The Wild won five straight games from Feb. 21 – March 2 but have lost three of four games since then (1-1-2 record), including a disappointing 6-2 loss at the Florida Panthers on Friday to snap an eight-game point streak. The loss followed a 3-0 win at Tampa on Thurs day (before that, the Wild dropped two straight to Nashville in the shootout). Minnesota now returns home for five straight games, where they are just 14-13-6 this season. Minnesota has lost seven of their last eight home games (1-4-3 record).
The Wild are tied with the Ducks for the second longest active playoff streak in the league (six straight seasons).
What: San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild
Where: Xcel Energy Center
When: Monday, March 11, 7 p.m. ET
Live stream: You can watch the Sharks-Wild stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.
Starting goalie: Martin Jones
Starting goalie: Devan Dubnyk