Sharks-Red Wings coverage gets underway today at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live only Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 9-6-3, 21 points, 4th Pacific Division, 8th Western Conference
Red Wings: 9-8-3, 21 points, 4th Central Division, 10th Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.28 (25th)
Goals-against per game: 2.17 (5th)
Power play: 16.7 percent (18th)
Penalty kill: 86.1 percent (5th)
Goals per game: 2.85 (T – 8th)
Goals-against per game: 2.80 (17th)
Power play: 15.9 percent (20th)
Penalty kill: 77.1 percent (23rd)
Logan Couture – Joe Thornton – Marty Havlat
Patrick Marleau – Scott Gomez – Joe Pavelski
Tim Kennedy – Michal Handzus – Ryane Clowe
James Sheppard – Adam Burish – TJ Galiardi
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brad Stuart
Douglas Murray – Justin Braun
Johan Franzen – Henrik Zetterberg – Damien Brunner
Justin Abdelkader – Pavel Datsyuk – Danny Cleary
Tomas Tatar – Joakim Andersson – Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo
Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith
Brian Lashoff – Jakub Kindl
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Ryane Clowe. The winger is still looking for his first goal in 16 games, and will presumably get back into the lineup now that his two-game suspension is over. It looks like Clowe will not start in a top six role, as he skated on a line with center Michal Handzus in practice on Wednesday. Simply put, the Sharks need Clowe to start putting the puck in the net.
Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg. In 34 career games against the Sharks, Zetterberg is averaging more than a point-per-game (17g, 18a). He was named the Red Wings’ captain just before the season began now that Nicklas Lidstrom has hung up his skates, and has 25 points (6g, 19a) in 20 games – tied for fourth in the NHL.
Sharks: Logan Couture and TJ Galiardi scored in regulation, but it took a shootout for the Sharks to beat Colorado, 3-2, at HP Pavilion on Tuesday night. Mark Olver scored late in the third period to tie it, but Patrick Marleau and Michal Handzus converted in the shootout to give the Sharks the extra point. Antti Niemi, making his sixth straight start, made 25 saves in the win.
Red Wings: The Red Wings played in Los Angeles last night, surrendering third period goals to Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar to lose, 2-1. Kyle Quincey scored a goal on an odd bounce in the first period, but that was all the Red Wings would put past Jonathan Bernier. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.
Sharks: Brent Burns (left leg) and Tommy Wingels (undisclosed) are out. Marty Havlat (undisclosed) is probable.
Red Wings: Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Darren Helm (back), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Mikael Samuelsson (broken finger) are out. Valtteri Filppula (left shoulder) is doubtful.
The Sharks will host the Red Wings again on March 28, and make their one and only appearance at Joe Louis Arena on April 11.
All-time, the Sharks are 25-46-4-4 against Detroit, but are 6-2-0 in the last eight games.
“The last road trip was disastrous, so obviously it’s going to kill our road record, but historically you’re always more comfortable at home.” – Dan Boyle, on the Sharks’ 6-1-2 record at home