Sharks-Red Wings at a glance

Sharks-Red Wings at a glance
April 11, 2013, 7:00 am
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Joe Pavelski (left) and Johan Franzen will do battle on the second line in Detroit on Thursday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming note: Sharks-Red Wings coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California. Channel listings.

Where they stand
Sharks: 20-12-7, 47 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Red Wings: 19-15-5, 43 points, 3rd Central Division, 8th Western Conference

Vitals

Sharks
Goals per game: 2.36 (25th)
Goals-against per game: 2.41 (7th)
Power play: 18.5 percent (12th)
Penalty kill: 86.9 percent (4th)

Red Wings
Goals per game: 2.49 (21st)
Goals-against per game: 2.54 (14th)
Power play: 18.1 percent (15th)
Penalty kill: 80.0 percent (21st)

Probable lines

Sharks
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Brent Burns
TJ Galiardi – Joe Pavelski – Marty Havlat
Tommy Wingels – Joe Thornton – Raffi Torres
James Sheppard – Andrew Desjardins – Adam Burish

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Brad Stuart – Jason Demers
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Red Wings
Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist – Johan Franzen – Drew Miller
Damien Brunner – Valtteri Filppula – Danny Cleary
Cory Emmerton – Joakim Andersson – Jordin Tootoo

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith
Dan DeKeyser – Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Joe Thornton. The Sharks captain skated a season-low 10 minutes and 30 seconds in a loss to Columbus on Tuesday, and took responsibility afterwards for his poor game. Thornton could have new linemates against the Red Wings, as he skated with Tommy Wingels and Raffi Torres in practice on Wednesday. He has 35 points (13g, 22a) in 37 career games against Detroit.

Red Wings: Niklas Kronwall. The hard-hitting defenseman leads the Red Wings in ice time with 24 minutes and eight seconds per game, and is always looking to land a crushing blow. He can also help on the offensive end, with 26 points (5g, 21a), fourth among NHL defensemen. In 26 games against the Sharks, Kronwall has 3 goals and 11 assists.

Last game

Sharks: The Sharks were shut out in Columbus and lost their second game there this season in convincing fashion, 4-0 on Tuesday. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves as San Jose was blanked for the fourth time this season. It was the Sharks’ first regulation loss since March 23 (7-1-1). Antti Niemi allowed all four goals before he was relieved in the third period by Thomas Greiss.

Red Wings: Detroit was also blanked in its last game, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at home against St. Louis. The Blues’ Chris Porter scored the only goal in the second period, and Jimmy Howard made 21 saves on 22 shots for the Red Wings.

Injuries

Sharks: TJ Galiardi (soreness) is questionable. Scott Hannan (neck) is out.

Red Wings: Darren Helm (back) is out for the season. Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Mikael Sanuelsson (upper body) are out.

Season series

This is the third and final meeting between the Sharks and Red Wings.

On Feb. 28, the Red Wings won in a shootout at HP Pavilion, 2-1. The Sharks skated to a 2-0 win, also in San Jose, on March 28. Joe Thornton (2a) is the only player with more than one point in the season series.

The Sharks are just 26-46-4-5 all-time against Detroit, but are 7-2-1 in the last 10 games. Detroit is 30-7-1-1 all-time at home against the Sharks.

Quoteable

“The onus is on each guy to be prepared, and have 100 percent effort every night. There are certain things you can control in this game, and effort is the primary one.” – Tommy Wingels