San Jose hosts Minnesota after Kane’s 2-goal game
San Jose, California; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: San Jose hosts the Minnesota Wild after Evander Kane scored two goals in the Sharks’ 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs.
The Sharks are 18-18-1 in conference play. San Jose averages 10.7 penalty minutes per game, the second-most in the league. Kane leads the team serving 118 total minutes.
The Wild are 8-10-1 against opponents from the Central Division. Minnesota has converted on 21.1% of power-play opportunities, scoring 44 power-play goals.
In their last meeting on Feb. 15, San Jose won 2-0.
TOP PERFORMERS: Antti Suomela leads the Sharks with a plus-four in 17 games played this season. Kane has three goals and three assists over the last 10 games for San Jose.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wild: 6-3-1, averaging 3.5 goals, 5.9 assists, three penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .915 save percentage.
Sharks: 5-5-0, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.5 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .924 save percentage.
INJURIES: Sharks: Jacob Middleton: out (lower-body).
Wild: None listed.