San Jose (34-24-10) at Minnesota (32-31-7) 8:00 pm EST
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Joe Thornton is looking to avoid
becoming the highest-scoring player not to compete in this year's
Thornton tries to lead the San Jose Sharks to their seventh win
in nine games Saturday when they visit the Minnesota Wild in the
third contest of a five-game road trip.
Trailing only Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers in the race
for the Art Ross Trophy, Thornton leads the league in assists
(75) and has 100 points, one shy from tying his career high.
However, Thornton and the Sharks came up empty in their most
lopsided defeat since January 28, a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red
Wings on Thursday. The outcome left San Jose two points behind
Edmonton for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Minnesota's postseason hopes continue to flicker away. The Wild
have dropped three of four and are nine points behind the
Oilers with 12 games to play.
The Wild have taken all three meetings against the Sharks this
season, including a 3-2 shootout victory February 2. Gaborik
tied the game with 5:01 left in the third period and Rolston had
the game-winner in the shootout.