Morning Skate: Red Wings at Sharks - Preview, How to Watch
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Place: SAP Center
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket/1270 AM
Sharks Blog: Fear the Fin
The Wings have put their brutal losing skid that saw them get blown out repeatedly behind them with a recent 3-0-1 stretch. Detroit wraps up their western road swing tonight with a tilt against the San Jose Sharks. It looks like the Wings will welcome Luke Glendening back to the lineup after missing 11 games. A positive development on the injury front given the recent string of players headed to the infirmary. The walking wounded still include Danny DeKeyser, Patrik Nemeth, Trevor Daley, Justin Abdelkader, and Filip Hronek. Reactivating Glendening triggered a roster move to send Givani Smith back down to Grand Rapids. Jimmy Howard is expected to get the start and try to find his game following a small run of 4 starts by Jonathan Bernier after Howard struggled mightily for awhile including his last start against the Rangers last week. One other possible lineup move to keep an eye on is if Taro Hirose draws back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past 4 games. Check the Game Day Updates later today for more information. Regardless of what the rest of the lineup looks like, it’ll be up to the trio of Bertuzzi, Larkin, and Mantha to keep the Wings in this one. Some support from the improving connection between Athanasiou, Filppula, and Fabbri would go a long way as well.
The Wings opponent tonight, the Sharks, looks to finally be heating up after an awful start to their season. San Jose has won five in a row scoring 22 goals over the course of the winning streak. But the Sharks will likely be without Tomas Hertl who injured his knee in the Sharks’ last game. The injury doesn’t appear to be long term but will likely keep him out tonight. Despite not having their leading point scorer, the Sharks still come with plenty of fire power with Evander Kane leading the way with 12 goals. Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson have put up 19 and 15 points respectively from the back end. The Wings will have their hands full trying to slow this squad down that finally appears to be showing what everyone thought they’d be. The Wings best hope in this game may be to torment the projected starter for the Sharks, Martin Jones. The struggling netminder has only posted a save percentage above .900 in 5 of 16 appearances. That may sound familiar to Wings fans.