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7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)22:30 ET1:30 BRT, November 7, 2019
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California  Attendance: 15,764

Losing streak over, Sharks set to face Wild

Minnesota Wild at San Jose Sharks

  1. San Jose swept its 2018-19 season series with Minnesota and outscored the Wild by an 11-3 margin in its three wins. The Sharks' 4-3 victory in the Wild's lone visit to San Jose last season snapped a run of six consecutive Minnesota wins in the series, including three straight on the road.
  2. The Sharks lead the NHL in penalty killing percentage (90.2) and have allowed just one power-play goal in 24 chances on home ice this season. San Jose's six power-play goals allowed through 16 games are the second-fewest in franchise history (4, 2016-17).
  3. Minnesota has allowed eight first-period goals, tied with Pittsburgh for the fewest in the NHL, but has been outscored by a 42-26 margin in the second and third periods. The Wild's minus-18 goal differential on the road this season is tied for 29th in the league, surpassed only by Detroit (-20).
  4. After going eight straight games without a goal to begin this season, Mats Zuccarello has one in each of the Wild's last three contests to match the longest streak of his career. Zuccarello has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in six meetings with San Jose since the start of the 2016-17 season.
  5. Patrick Marleau skated in his 800th consecutive career game Tuesday, becoming the sixth player in NHL history to reach the milestone, and scored a goal in the Sharks' 4-2 win over the Blackhawks. The goal was the 40-year-old's 271st at SAP Center but first there since March 12, 2017.
  6. Devan Dubnyk is one appearance away from reaching 500 in his career. Dubnyk is 3-1-0 in his last four starts at SAP Center, but his 3.75 GAA in five starts there since 2013-14 is his highest at any current NHL venue over that period.

Patrick Marleau's milestone moment helped the San Jose Sharks snap a five-game losing streak.

The Sharks hope to build on that when they play host to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.

Marleau scored Tuesday while playing in his 800th consecutive game as the Sharks put an end to their skid with a 4-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"It feels good to get that first (goal), and we were able to build off that," Marleau said. "It's nice playing with the lead."

The Sharks were outscored 22-8 during their losing streak.

Marleau, who played for the Sharks for 20 seasons before spending the last two in Toronto, has three goals this season, all of them coming against Chicago.

Teammate Joe Thornton got the secondary assist, meaning he has assisted on 122 of Marleau's 554 career goals. According to NBC Sports California, the only player Thornton has set up more frequently is Joe Pavelski with 127.

"That's always special," Marleau said. "It's always a big moment. There probably should be a lot more assists from (Thornton) the way he sets people up. It was good to get that one."

The Sharks built a 3-0 lead before Chicago scored twice late in the third period. San Jose's Timo Meier, who also assisted on Marleau's goal, clinched the victory with an empty-netter.

"I thought we did a good job defending," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "They put a little bit of pressure on, but I thought defensively we worked really hard at it, and in the offensive zone we were harder, too. We spent more time down there and held on to more pucks. That hardness and heaviness has to be a part of our game every night."

The Wild also posted a 4-2 victory Tuesday, rallying from a two-goal deficit at Anaheim in the opener of a four-game trip. The result snapped Minnesota's five-game road losing streak.

"We've been playing really good hockey the last five or six games," said Wild forward Mats Zuccarello, who had a goal and an assist. "We've just been right there, but we haven't gotten the points."

Zuccarello's goal, his third in as many games, came on a breakaway early in the third period, tying the score.

Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal to extend his point streak to five games (three goals, three assists).

"We got mad," said Wild forward Kevin Fiala, who also scored. "Just played better and played more simply, I think, and got more pucks on the net. After the first goal, we really got going."

Alex Stalock made 29 saves for the Wild, who came back to win after being two goals down on the road for the first time since Jan. 3 at Toronto.

"I think it was anger," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Just like some other teams have done to us, we got mad and we started taking the play to them. That first goal by Kevin was a real goal that said, 'Hey, we can do this.' It was like, 'Oh, that's not happening again.'"

--Field Level Media

Updated November 7, 2019

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