The San Jose Sharks (39-19-7) will play in the third of an eight-game home stand on Thursday. Coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, the Sharks will be in tough against the Stanley Cup favourites. The NHL’s top offensive defenseman, Brent Burns (27 goals, 40 assists), will be relied upon to pace the Sharks’ offense in what will surely be a high-scoring affair. Goaltender Martin Jones (2.28 goals against, .915 save percentage) will be back in net after getting the night off on Tuesday and will face a hungry Capitals team looking to fortify their spot atop the league.
NHL : A Potential Stanley Cup PreviewThe first-place Washington Capitals (44-14-7) hit the road to take on the San Jose Sharks (39-19-7) in what could be a Stanley Cup Finals preview. With a record of 7-1-2 in their last 10 games, the Sharks will look to continue their strong play on Thursday. Brent Burns (27 goals, 40 assists), the heartbeat of the Sharks team, is in the midst of a Norris-caliber season.
The Caps have basically secured the Eastern Conference title. With a balanced offensive attack and a bullet-proof defense, Washington seems poised to make a long run this post-season.