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.
|Gustav Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Drew Miller||Justin Abdelkader||Todd Bertuzzi|
|Tomas Tatar||Joakim Andersson||Mikael Samuelsson|
|Daniel Cleary||Luke Glendening||Patrick Eaves|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brian Lashoff||Jakub Kindl|
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
|Joe Pavelski||Joe Thornton||Brent Burns|
|Matt Nieto||Patrick Marleau||Tommy Wingels|
|Bracken Kearns||Andrew Desjardins||Tyler Kennedy|
|James Sheppard||John McCarthy||Mike Brown|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic||Dan Boyle|
|Brad Stuart||Justin Braun|
|Scott Hannan||Jason Demers|
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.