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No time for rest; The Sharks are coming!

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

7:00 PM EST, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI


Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio

Sharks Blog: Fear the Fin

Last night the Red Wings sent the Predators home packing in an impressive win, penalty kill aside. But there’s no time for the team in red to rest on their laurels. The San Jose Sharks are finishing up a road trip through the Eastern Conference with a stop at the Joe, the last time the Sharks will ever play a game there (barring a Stanley Cup Final, of course.)

These tail-ends up back-to-backs are where players really have to dig down and find a spark. Fortunately for the Wings, the Sharks have also been busy lately; while they had last night off, this will be the fourth game in six days for the Sharks. They’re coming off a third period collapse in a Stanley Cup Final rematch in Pittsburgh though, so expect them to come out testy; no doubt there were talks in the locker room after Thursday night’s breakdown about a full 60 minute effort.

Red Wings Expected Lineups


Tomas Tatar

Henrik Zetterberg

Riley Sheahan

Justin Abdelkader

Frans Nielsen

Dylan Larkin

Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm

Tomas Vanek

Steve Ott

Luke Glendening

Drew Miller


Danny DeKesyer

Mike Green

Brendan Smith

Ryan Sproul

Jonathan Ericsson

Alexey Marchenko


Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Andreas Athanasiou, Xavier Ouellet

Injuries: Niklas Kronwall (knee), Tomas Nosek (lower body injury), Tomas Jurco (back), Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion), Villi Sarijarvi (wrist), Dan Renouf (knee)

Sharks Expected Lineups


Thomas Hertl

Joe Thornton

Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker

Logan Couture

Joonas Donskoi

Patrick Marleau

Chris Tierney

Joel Ward

Matt Nieto

Tommy Wingels

Melker Karlsson


Justin Braun

Mark-Edouard Vlassic

Brent Burns

Paul Martin

Brendan Dillon

David Schlemko


Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratches: Michael Haley





2-2-0 (6pts, t2nd in Atlantic)


3-2-0 (6pts; 3rd in Pacific)

3.00 (15th in NHL)

Goals Per Game

2.8 (17th in NHL)

3.00 (t12th)

Goals Against Per Game

3.00 (t12th)

33.3% (4th)

Power Play %

18.8% (14th)

80.0% (18th)

Penalty Kill %

69.2% (27th)

Darren Helm (4)

Goals Leader

Brent Burns (3)

Mike Green (7)

Points Leader

Brent Burns (9)


Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.