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Game 73

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

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)

Forwards

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

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard


Scratches: Daniel Cleary & Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Erik Cole (upper body), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) & Johan Franzen (concussion)

Forwards

Joe Pavelski Joe Thornton Melker Karlsson
Matt Nieto Logan Couture Tommy Wingels
Patrick Marleau Chris Tierney Tomas Hertl
Danil Tarasov Ben Smith Barclay Goodrow


Defensemen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic Justin Braun
Matt Irwin Brent Burns
Brendan Dillon Mirco Mueller


Goaltenders

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock


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.

Let's Go Red Wings.