Game Day Updates: Red Wings at Sharks

Me thinking about Darren Helm - Alexander Hassenstein

Red Wings

The only meaningful news from the Wings practice this morning is Darren Helm won't be playing and Datsyuk is, as expected, still out. Datsyuk, Helm, and Franzen all said they're making progress, are Day-to-day, and possible for Saturday. I'm not quite sure what to think about Datsyuk, because he seems optimistic, yet Babcock said yesterday that Datsyuk won't be available "any time soon". We do get The Double Deke back tonight however, and Alexey Marchenko will be the healthy scratch on defense to make room for DeKeyser's return.

With Helm still out, the lines will look like this.

Forwards
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller Justin Abdelkader Todd Bertuzzi
Tomas Tatar Joakim Andersson Mikael Samuelsson
Daniel Cleary Luke Glendening Patrick Eaves

Defense
Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Jakub Kindl

Goalies
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Did you Know?

  • Henrik Zetterberg has 36 points (17-19-36) in 38 games vs. San Jose
  • Zetterberg made his NHL debut vs San Jose on October 10, 2002
  • Mikael Samuelsson made his NHL debut with San Jose in 2000-01
  • Brendan Smith made his NHL debut vs. San Jose on November 17, 2011
  • Mike Babcock only needs 5 more wins to get to 400 with Detroit.

Expected Sharks Lineup

Forwards
Joe Pavelski Joe Thornton Brent Burns
Matt Nieto Patrick Marleau Tommy Wingels
Bracken Kearns Andrew Desjardins Tyler Kennedy
James Sheppard John McCarthy Mike Brown

Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Dan Boyle
Brad Stuart Justin Braun
Scott Hannan Jason Demers

Goalies
Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

It's gonna be a late one folks, take a pre-game nap, run naked in the snow, have one of those sumo wrestlers slap you repeatedly in the stomach.. Whatever it takes.

LET'S GO RED WINGS!!!

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