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Arizona at San Jose
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 13, 2018
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California

The San Jose Sharks take a brief break from a road-heavy stretch on the schedule when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. San Jose completed a 1-2-2 trek with Sunday's 4-1 loss in Winnipeg and heads back out on the road for three contests after taking on the Coyotes.

The Sharks have not won back-to-back road games since Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, going 2-5-3 in their last 10 away from home. Arizona wrapped up a 1-1-1 homestand Friday as it suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss to Edmonton after taking a two-goal lead less than 3 1/2 minutes into the contest. Rookie Clayton Keller notched an assist in the setback, giving him a team-leading 33 points on the season and 10 over his last 11 games. The Coyotes, who have lost seven of eight on the road (1-5-2), lost their first meeting with the Sharks this campaign and face them again Tuesday at home.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, NBCS California (San Jose)

ABOUT THE COYOTES (10-28-6): Niklas Hjalmarsson returned to the lineup Friday after missing 16 games with an upper-body injury and recorded three blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in just under 20 minutes of ice time. The 30-year-old Swedish defenseman has notched four assists over 18 contests in his first season with Arizona. Richard Panik played 16:39 and registered one shot as he made his debut with the team after being acquired from Chicago in a four-player trade on Wednesday.

ABOUT THE SHARKS (21-13-6): Logan Couture appears to be breaking out of his funk as he has recorded a goal and three assists over his last two games after notching just one point in his previous six contests. The 28-year-old center shares the team lead with 30 points and is one short-handed tally away from setting a career high of three. Joe Thornton has gone three games without a point, remaining two behind Adam Oates (1,420) for 17th place on the all-time list.

OVERTIME

1. Coyotes C Brad Richardson scored his first goal since Nov. 16 on Friday, leaving him four points shy of 200 for his career.

2. San Jose All-Star D Brent Burns has collected a goal and four assists during his four-game point streak.

3. Arizona C Zac Rinaldo is eligible to return to the lineup after serving the final contest of his six-game suspension on Friday.

PREDICTION: Sharks 5, Coyotes 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Arizona 10-28-4-2 L2 5-14-1-1 5-14-3-1 1-1-1-0 9-27-3-2 1-7-3-0
San Jose 21-13-4-2 L3 12-6-1-1 9-7-3-1 1-1-1-0 20-12-3-2 8-2-2-1
Last Meeting
Arizona San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/22/17 SJ 3 ARI 1 27 23 0-3 26 26 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Arizona O. Ekman-Larsson 1
San Jose J. Braun 1
Goals Player  
Arizona B. Perlini 1
San Jose L. Couture 1
Assists Player  
Arizona O. Ekman-Larsson 1
San Jose J. Braun 1
Saves Player  
Arizona S. Wedgewood 14
San Jose M. Jones 26
Season
Total Points Player  
Arizona C. Keller 41
San Jose B. Burns 31
Goals Player  
Arizona C. Keller 17
San Jose L. Couture 16
Assists Player  
Arizona C. Keller 24
San Jose B. Burns 24
Saves Player  
Arizona A. Raanta 612
San Jose M. Jones 775
Quickchart Matchup
Arizona Off vs  San Jose Def
2.25 GF
2.6 GA
30 Shots
30.4 Shots
24 PP
21 PK
San Jose Off vs  Arizona Def
2.7 GF
3.45 GA
32.5 Shots
31.8 Shots
32 PP
21 PK