Winnipeg Jets forward Devin Setoguchi will carry a three-game points streak into tonight’s game at the MTS Centre against his former teammates, the San Jose Sharks.
Setoguchi, who had his most successful season as a pro when he scored 31 goals for the Sharks in 2008-09, has been playing some of his best hockey as a member of the Jets during the past week, notching two goals and two assists in the last three games.
“I just think we’re getting back to the little details of the game,” Setoguchi said Sunday morning following his team’s pre-game skate at the MTS Centre. “For myself, I’m playing well in my own end and getting pucks deep. And the other guys I’m playing with are obviously helping out, with Olli (Jokinen) and (Evander Kane) coming back in.”
The Setoguchi-Jokinen-Kane line accounted for two of Winnipeg’s goals Friday night in a 5-0 win over the Nashville Predators and Setoguchi now has nine points (4G, 5A) in 17 games this season and also owns the longest active points streak for the Jets.
Mired in a five-game scoring drought earlier this season, Setoguchi was a healthy scratch for a game but appears to have lately rounded into the offensive form the Jets were hoping to see when they acquired him last summer from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014.
Setoguchi spent four seasons with the Sharks from 2007-11 and described a disciplined style of play from the Sharks, coupled with an exceptionally deep lineup, that will pose challenges for Winnipeg tonight.
“When you play these teams like San Jose or Anaheim or L.A., you need to make sure all four of your lines are going at any time. If you ever have a weak link, it’s tough. Good teams like this can take advantage of it. So we need to be sure we play our game our way.
“There can’t be any cheat in it or it could be a long night.”