7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Seriously though, don't boo Brad Stuart. Do the classy thing and boo his family. It's THEIR fault.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) April 10, 2013
Mike Babcock juggled up the lines and, you know what, I don't hate them. In fact, I might even say I like them. I like them a lot. Uncle Mike may have finally gotten something right. You've got Tyler's Euro Twins still together with Justin Abdelkader trying to be Tomas Holmstrom. Mule is still at center with Goose on his wing, actually continuing to get a top six role. Flip is moved to the 3rd line with a returning Damien Brunner. Think about it. Each of the top three lines has two skill guys and a grinder/net front presence type guy. Instead of two lines that have the potential to score, the Red Wings now have three lines with a better potential to score. Joakim Andersson now centers the 4th line and makes the team that much deeper.
The Expected Lineup
Jimmy Howard (starting)
|SHARKS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|20-12-7 (47 pts; 5th in West)||Record||19-15-5 (43 pts; 8th in West)|
|2.36 (25th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.49 (21st in NHL)|
|2.41 (8th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.54 (14th)|
|18.5% (12th)||Power Play %||18.1% (15th)|
|86.9% (4th)||Penalty Kill %||80.0% (22nd)|
|Patrick Marleau (16 goals)||Goal Leader||Pavel Datsyuk (13 goals)|
|Joe Thornton (35 points)||Points Leader||Pavel Datsyuk (38 points)|
- The Red Wings are 51-24-4-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the San Jose Sharks.
- After winning 7 straight games, the Sharks have lose two-in-a-row. They lost in a shootout to Dallas and then were shut out by the Blue Jackets. Naturally they lose when playing a team that is chasing Detroit.
- The Wings are 3-3-0 on Thursdays this season.
- The last time these two teams met was March 28. The Sharks shut the Wings out 2-0. The loss snapped Detroit's 3 game win streak.
- Detroit is 5-5-0 in their last 10 games. San Jose is 7-2-1.
- Howard is 3-5-2 with a 2.98 GAA and .906 SV% in 10 career regular starts against the Sharks.