Sharks vs. Jets watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs


Sharks vs. Jets watch guide: Projected lines and defensive pairs

The Sharks are looking to extend their winning streak to six in a row – and build a lead in the Western Conference standings – as they finish off the tail and of their road back-to-back on Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets. 

San Jose is coming off an impressive 3-0 shutout of the Minnesota Wild, which helped bump them back into first place over the Calgary Flames. Barclay Goodrow, Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl all found the back of the net in the State of Hockey, while netminder Martin Jones turned away 24 shots to tally his third shutout of the season. 

The Jets are still in first place in the Central Division, although they’re only ahead of the Nashville Predators by one point. They’ve also struggled with consistency since the Sharks beat them 3-2 in overtime at Bell MTS Place on Feb. 5, going 6-8-2 over that time while being outscored 56-48.

This is the third and final time the Sharks and Jets will play each other in the regular season. In 31 total meetings with the franchise formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose has a 19-7-2-3 record.

Sharks projected lines and pairs

Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi – Tomas Hertl – Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Gustav Nyquist
Micheal Haley – Barclay Goodrow – Melker Karlsson

Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Tim Heed
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun

Aaron Dell – projected starter
Martin Jones

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Jets projected lines and pairs

Patrik Laine – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor – Kevin Hayes – Nikolaj Ehlers
Brandon Tanev – Adam Lowry – Bryan Little
Mathieu Perreault -Andrew Copp – Jack Roslovic

Nathan Beaulieu – Jacob Trouba
Dmitry Kulikov – Tyler Myers
Ben Chiarot – Sami Niku

Connor Hellebuyck – projected starter
Laurent Brossoit

How NHL's potential new labor deal could affect Sharks’ offseason plan

How NHL's potential new labor deal could affect Sharks’ offseason plan

The Sharks could be operating under a new NHL collective bargaining agreement soon, and it might have quite an impact on the franchise's future.

The NHL and the NHL Players Association are nearing an agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding for a new six-year labor deal that includes guidelines for the return of the 2019-20 season, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported Saturday.

The MOU must be ratified by both sides before it becomes official, but the potential deal includes some notes that surely will affect the Sharks this offseason.

For starters, it appears the league's salary cap will be frozen at $81.5 million, and remain there until the NHL's hockey-related revenue gets back to $4.8 billion, which was the initial projection for this season before the coronavirus pandemic forced a suspension of operations on March 12.

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San Jose ended the season with around $648,000 (per in available space, and with contracts expiring for players such as Joe Thornton, Melker Karlsson and Aaron Dell, a frozen salary cap could make re-signing those the team wants to bring back difficult.

Seravalli also noted that minimum contracts will rise $50,000 for next season, increasing to $750,000. It will stay there for four years, before rising to $775,000 in 2024-25, and $800,000 in 2025-26. So, young Sharks players such as Dylan Gambrell and Stefan Noesen, who played on minimum contracts, now are in line for raises of at least $50,000 going into next season.

The Sharks will look to turn things around entering the first full season of this potential new CBA, as they just finished last in the Pacific Division with just 63 points. But it appears the new labor deal might complicate San Jose's plan in some aspects.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl, wife Aneta expecting first child due in November

Sharks' Tomas Hertl, wife Aneta expecting first child due in November

I think we’re all due for some good news. So is Sharks’ All-Star center Tomas Hertl and his wife Aneta.

Aneta announced on her Instagram account the two are expecting a baby in November.

The first photo is the two of them posing together with the sonogram picture. The second is of a baby onesie with “Born in 2020” embroidered on it.

This is fresh off the couple's one-year wedding anniversary which, rumor has it, the big day was quite a fun time.

Back in May, Hertl spoke to the media about his rehab after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee where he vowed he would be better than he was before. But he’ll have to wait.

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The Sharks will not be participating in the NHL’s a modified 24-team return-to-play format.

That’s OK though, he has something even better to look forward to … a baby Shark.