7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Shark Blog: Fear The Fin
The Red Wings badly need to a win a game. Their opponent, the Sharks, also badly need to win. Yes, the Wings are in a good spot still. Missing the playoffs would only occur if a massive collapse happened. It's possible, of course, but according to SportsClubStats.com, there's a 98.5% chance the Wings make it. So let's not all jump off the ledge just yet. The Sharks on the other hand are in deep water. They're 8 points back of the final playoff spot in the Pacific and 10 points back of the final Wild Card. San Jose is looking at it's first playoff-less season since 2002-03.
As far as tonight's game goes, the Wings won't have the services of Erik Cole for a bit. He could miss about 3 games and will be re-evaluated on Friday, according to Khan(!). With all that said, the services of Pavel Datsyuk and Niklas Kronwall are a possibility tonight. The Wings could really use the boost. The lines below are listed without Datsyuk, so obviously they'll changed if he gives it a go.
The Wings have to turn things around sooner or later, right? Tonight would be a good time to start.
The Expected Lineups (Subject to Change)
|Gustav Nyquist||Henrik Zetterberg||Justin Abdelkader|
|Darren Helm||Riley Sheahan||Tomas Tatar|
|Stephen Weiss||Joakim Andersson||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Tomas Jurco|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brendan Smith||Marek Zidlicky|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
Scratches: Daniel Cleary & Jakub Kindl
Injuries: Erik Cole (upper body), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) & Johan Franzen (concussion)
|Joe Pavelski||Joe Thornton||Melker Karlsson|
|Matt Nieto||Logan Couture||Tommy Wingels|
|Patrick Marleau||Chris Tierney||Tomas Hertl|
|Danil Tarasov||Ben Smith||Barclay Goodrow|
|Marc-Edouard Vlasic||Justin Braun|
|Matt Irwin||Brent Burns|
|Brendan Dillon||Mirco Mueller|
|SHARKS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|35-30-8 (78 pts; 5th in West WC)||Record||39-21-11 (90 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)|
|2.71 (16th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.85 (9th in NHL)|
|2.75 (23rd)||Goals Against Per Game||2.58 (15th)|
|21.8% (6th)||Power Play %||24.9% (1st)|
|79.1% (24th)||Penalty Kill %||81.0% (17th)|
|Joe Pavelski (35 goals)||Goal Leader||Tomas Tatar (26 goals)|
|Joe Pavelski (66 points)||Points Leader||Henrik Zetterberg (61 points)|
- The Red Wings are 52-25-4-4 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the San Jose Sharks.
- Last 10 Games: San Jose 5-5-0, Detroit 3-6-1 (yikes)
- Mrazek has never started against the Sharks. He has played 20 minutes in relief though and he stopped all three shots he faced.