Programming note: Sharks-Wild coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live. Stick around after the game for Sharks Postgame Live.
Where they stand
Sharks: 23-13-7, 53 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Wild: 24-16-3, 51 points, 2nd Northwest Division, 6th Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.35 (26th)
Goals-against per game: 2.33 (6th)
Power play: 19.1 percent (12th)
Penalty kill: 86.1 percent (4th)
Goals per game: 2.56 (18th)
Goals-against per game: 2.49 (13th)
Power play: 18.3 percent (14th)
Penalty kill: 82.7 percent (11th)
TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Marty Havlat
Raffi Torres - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins - Scott Gomez - Adam Burish
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers
Zach Parise – Mikko Koivu – Charlie Coyle
Pierre-Marc Bouchard – Kyle Brodziak – Jason Pominville
Jason Zucker – Matt Cullen – Devin Setoguchi
Torrey Mitchell – Mikael Granlund – Cal Clutterbuck
Ryan Suter – Jonas Brodin
Brett Clark – Jared Spurgeon
Clayton Stoner – Tom Gilbert
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Marty Havlat. The former Wild forward had a goal and an assist on April 3 against his former team the Wild, the only game in the last 11 he’s recorded a point. The Sharks need the struggling Havlat to increase his offensive production as the playoffs approach.
Wild: Jason Pominville. The Wild acquired the right winger at the trade deadline from Buffalo, and he has recorded four multiple-point games in his first seven with Minnesota. Pominville has three goals and three assists in his last three games, and 33 points this season (14g 19a).
Sharks: Brent Burns scored a second period goal, set up TJ Galiardi for another, and Raffi Torres scored the only goal of the shootout in a 3-2 Sharks win over Los Angeles on Tuesday at HP Pavilion. Antti Niemi recorded his 22nd win with a season-high 41 saves.
Wild: Kyle Brodziak had two goals and Jason Pominville added two assists as Minnesota won in Edmonton on Tuesday, 5-3. Niklas Backstrom made 16 saves to earn his 22nd win, while Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise added goals.
Wild: Josh Harding (illness) and Dany Heatley (left shoulder) are out. Zenon Kenopka (broken foot) is doubtful. Mike Rupp (lower body) is questionable.
The Sharks and Wild have split the first two games of the season series, with each defending its home ice. Minnesota won on March 23, 2-0, and the Sharks responded with a 4-2 win on April 3.
No player has more than two points in the season series on either side. Niklas Backstrom and Antti Niemi, tied for the league lead with 22 wins along with Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, have each allowed four goals in the two games.
“Playing with Jumbo, he’s has such good vision on the ice, and [TJ Galiardi], we’ve really found good chemistry – he’s fast, he gets it in deep. I have a lot of fun. It’s good to get out there. There’s a lot less pressure, or, just different pressure.”– Brent Burns, who had a goal and an assist in the Sharks’ 3-2 shootout win over Los Angeles on Tuesday, on his success as a forward