Western Conference battle pits San Jose against Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Minnesota Wild (5-9-1, seventh in the Central Division) vs. San Jose Sharks (5-10-1, seventh in the Pacific Division) San Jose, California; Thursday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: San Jose and Minnesota face off in Western Conference play. The Sharks are 3-6-0 against Western Conference opponents. San Jose serves 12.7 penalty minutes per game, the most in the NHL. Barclay Goodrow leads the team serving 35 total minutes. The Wild are 3-6-1 in Western Conference play. Minnesota has given up eight power-play goals, killing 83% of opponent chances. The matchup Thursday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams. TOP PERFORMERS: Tomas Hertl has recorded 14 total points while scoring five goals

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