Two of the hottest teams in the NHL so far will collide on Friday night when the Montreal Canadiens (16-5-2) visit the San Jose Sharks (14-9-1) in their only contest in the Bay Area during the regular season.
Carey Price is the main reason the Canadiens are leading the way in the Eastern Conference with 34 points as he is 13-2-1 with a 1.68 goals against average and a .947 save percentage. In his 13 of his 16 games he has allowed two goals or less, including two shutouts. Price is tied with Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets for wins with 13.
Martin Jones will likely oppose Price between the pipes. Jones is playing extremely well as of late, and is coming off of back-to-back victories against the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings. He allowed one goal in each of those games, as he turned aside 45 of the 47 shots he faced. Jones is 12-8-1 in his second full season as the Sharks starting goalie, and holds a 2.04 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Tommy Wingels is a game-time decision, as the Center hasn’t played since the Sharks and New York Islanders played last Friday. Filling in for Wingels, Ryan Carpenter has performed nicely on the fourth line as he cashed in his first career NHL goal on Wednesday against the Kings.
All-in-all, it is shaping up to be a low-scoring affair. The Sharks will get a true test against one of the league’s best, and will look to extend their lead in the Pacific Division standings.