9:30 p.m. at SAN JOSE • FSN, 100.3-FM
Preview: The Wild, 8-3 in its past 11 road games, has won the first two games on the three-game road trip (nine goals) and a regulation win would jump Minnesota over San Jose into fifth place in the Western Conference. The Wild hasn’t beaten a team in the current top eight in the West since March 30 against Los Angeles. The Sharks are 10-0-4 in their past 14 home games, not losing in regulation at the Shark Tank since Feb. 5 against Chicago. This is the first meeting since LW Dany Heatley sustained a season-ending shoulder injury April 3 during an altercation with D Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Players to watch: Wild RW Jason Pominville, LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard, LW Zach Parise and D Ryan Suter are all riding three-game point streaks. Pominville has three two-point games in a row and four in seven games with the Wild. C Mikko Koivu has won 33 of 45 faceoffs (73.3 percent) the past two games. F Logan Couture ranks 14th in Sharks history with 159 points, tied with Wild RW Devin Setoguchi. C Joe Thornton is tied for 24th in the NHL with 38 points.
Numbers: The Sharks have played in a league-high 12 shootouts. Eight of their 23 wins have come via shootout. … The Wild boasts the NHL’s fourth-best road power play (23.1 percent); the Sharks have the NHL’s third-best penalty kill, having only given up six power-play goals at home.
Injuries: Wild LW Mike Rupp (lower body) is questionable. Heatley (shoulder surgery) and C Zenon Konopka (broken foot) are out. The Sharks have no injuries.
|St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn||4||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber||0|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||2||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer||5|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: J. Tazawa||4|
|Minnesota - LP: K. Correia||4||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||5|
|Cincinnati - LP: T. Cingrani||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: E. Jackson||8|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: D. Otero||4|
|Milwaukee - WP: J. Henderson||8||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Grilli||7|
|Atlanta - WP: E. Santana||7||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: B. Colon||5|
|NY Yankees - LP: I. Nova||1||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer||16|
|Seattle - LP: R. Elias||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: H. Alvarez||7|
|Chicago WSox||3||Top 9th Inning|
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. Lyles||3|
|Arizona||6||Top 9th Inning|
|San Francisco||1||Top 8th Inning|
|Minnesota||1||2nd Prd 14:52|
|Sporting Kansas City||4|
|Portland||0||2nd Half 35:00|
|Real Salt Lake||0|
|Seattle||0||1st Half 30:00|
Poll: Can the Wild rally to win its playoff series against Colorado?