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[Game Thread] Wings vs. Sharks

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Joe Louis Arena hosts the Western Conference showdown tonight as the top two teams in the conference battle it out. As of Tuesday evening, the San Jose Sharks (41-8-9) led the conference with 91 points and two games in hand. The Detroit Red Wings (39-13-8) sit back in second with 86 points.

Ty Conklin will get the start in goal with Chris Osgood backing him up on the bench. Brad Stuart will return in his first game back from injury, resulting in Chris Chelios becoming the odd man out (healthy scratch). After getting scratched in Saturday's game, Kris Draper will play tonight causing Tomas Kopecky to get benched in favor of the younger Ville Leino and Darren Helm.

Hated Claude Lemieux will make his return to JLA, but this time he'll be in the Sharks uniform rather than an Avs jersey. SBN counterpart Fear the Fin will cover the game from the Sharks perspective.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on FSDetroit. As usual, please comment on the game in the thread below. I will be at the game and likely unable to comment myself, but don't let that stop you. I'll respond to your comments when I get back. Go Wings!