|Team||Detroit Red Wings|
|35-25-10 80 Points||Record||44-24-3 91 Points|
|(27-18-9 2.41 GAA)||Starting Goalie||(33-14-2 2.09 GAA)|
|Fear the Fin||SB Nation Site - Last Meeting||Feb 19th 3-2 W |
|10:30 PM EST||Time - Television||FS-D, NBCSN, CBC |
Let's clear a few things up right off so that we're all working on the same sheet of music:
- Despite what I want to have happen, the Sharks aren't going to miss the playoffs. The only thing keeping them in 9th place right now is having three games in hand over the #8 Avalanche and two games in hand over the 7th-place Coyotes (both at 81 points to the Sharks' 80).
- Boy have they struggled with consistency, but San Jose's goal differential of +12 is 5th in the conference and best in their division. They are a damn good team.
- San Jose's organizational philosophy and team makeup seems to have been built from a "beat Detroit" standpoint. It's flattering to say the least, but the Sharks play the Wings as well as or better than they play the rest of the league.
- None of that matters. Pavel Datsyuk is back and we expect a win.
Comment away and let's go Red Wings.