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San Jose Sharks Look to Establish More Consistent Play Against Red Wings

San Jose Sharks Host Struggling Detroit Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks come into tonight’s game on a three-game losing streak. In a game that saw them blow two two-goal leads in the third after an otherwise defensively sound game against the Minnesota Wild, the Sharks will be looking to establish a more consistent rhythm against a struggling Detroit Red Wings team, which broke a two-game skid in a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings. They are 3-3-1 in their last seven games.

The Sharks are still missing David Schlemko (upper body) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (face), as well as Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain).

The Red Wings are hurting on all fronts; Brendan Smith has an upper body injury. Justin Abdelkader is dealing with a sprained MCL. Mike Green‘s injury is undisclosed. Jimmy Howard also has a sprained MCL. Darren Helm has a disclosed shoulder. Niklas Kronwall has a lower body injury, and Joey Vitale is dealing with a concussion.

San Jose Sharks Detroit Red Wings

Advantage

23-14-2 (48 pts)

Record 17-17-5 (39 pts)

Sharks

2nd in Pacific

Div. Standing 7th in Atlantic

Sharks

6-3-1

Last 10 Games 4-5-1

Sharks

16.7% (20th overall)

Power Play 11.3% (30th overall)

Sharks

82.8% (11th overall)

Penalty Kill 82.9% (10th overall)

Red Wings

99

Goals For 97

Sharks

87

Goals Against 109

Sharks

+12

Goals Differential -12

Sharks

San Jose Sharks Starting Lineup
Timo MeierJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski
Kevin LabancLogan CoutureJoonas Donskoi
Patrick MarleauChris TierneyJoel Ward
Melker KarlssonTommy WingelsMikkel Boedker

Paul MartinBrent Burns
Brenden DillonJustin Braun
Mirco MuellerDylan DeMelo

Martin Jones (starter)
Aaron Dell

Detroit Red Wings Starting Lineup
Tomas TatarHenrik ZetterbergAnthony Mantha
Gustav NyquistFrans NielsenThomas Vanek
Andreas AthanasiouDylan LarkinLuke Glendening
Drew MillerRiley SheahanSteve Ott

Danny DeKeyserNick Jensen
Jonathan EricssonRyan Sproul
Xavier OuelletAlexey Marchenko

Jared Coreau (starter)
Petr Mrazek

About Felix Chow

Felix is a proud Sharks fan since he started watching the Sharks in 2010. He is in his second year of writing for Pucknology.

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