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Game 60

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

10:30p ET, SAP Center

San Jose, CA

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, Sportsnet 360

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Shark Blog: Fear The Fin

The California reunion tour continues late tonight in San Jose. Detroit comes into this game losers of two straight after dropping back-to-back games to the Ducks and Kings. Quite frankly, two points tonight would go a long way to being able to call this western road trip a success. The Sharks haven't played since losing in the Stadium Series game to the Kings last Saturday. They'll be well rested. Fantastic.

San Jose is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. They're in the middle of the super tight Western Conference wild card race, 2 points behind the Flames for the final spot, so they'll be desperate for points. The Red Wings need to play like they're desperate for points too. It's nice having all these games in hand on the Lightning, but it doesn't matter if you fail to earn any points in them. The Wings are 3 points back with 3 games in hand. Start chipping away and earn some home ice.

The Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Justin Abdelkader
Stephen Weiss Luke Glendening Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Alexi Marchenko

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Scratches: Daniel Cleary

Injuries: Henrik Zetterberg (upper body) & Johan Franzen (headaches)

Forwards

Patrick Marleau Joe Thornton Melker Karlsson
Joe Pavelski Logan Couture Tommy Wingels
Tomas Hertl James Sheppard Matthew Nieto
John Scott Andrew Dejardins Tyler Kennedy


Defensemen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon Justin Braun
Matt Irwin Scott Hannan


Goaltenders

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock


SHARKS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
30-23-8 (68 pts; 4ht in West WC) Record 33-15-11 (77 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.77 (16th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.88 (8th in NHL)
2.77 (22nd) Goals Against Per Game 2.46 (8th)
20.5% (7th) Power Play % 25.2% (1st, bitches)
80.4% (21st) Penalty Kill % 83.2% (9th)
Joe Pavelski (31 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (24 goals)
Joe Pavelski (55 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (49 points)

  • The Red Wings are 51-25-4-4 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the San Jose Sharks franchise.

  • Last 10 Games: San Jose 3-6-1, Detroit 5-3-2

  • Howard is 3-6-4 all-time against the Sharks in the regular season with a 2.79 GAA, .910 SV% and one shutout.

Let's Go Red Wings.