April 11, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) scores a shoot out goal on Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) at Joe Louis Arena. San Jose won 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Red Wings look to slow the Sharks’ Momentum

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Tonight, the Detroit Red Wings head home to the Joe Louis Arena to go head-to-head with the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks have been white hot this season. They have yet to lose a game in regulation so far this season. The only game they have lost came on Thursday against the Dallas Stars in the Shootout.

The Sharks have successfully outscored their opponents 39-16 so far this season. They currently have 5 players that are above 10 points; Joe Pavelski leads the pack with 12, followed by Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Logan Couture with 11, and the rookie Tomas Hertl with 10. With the exception of 2 players plus their goaltender, every player on the team has registered at least 1 point this season.

Right now, the Red Wings only have 2 players over that 10 goal mark; center Pavel Datsyuk and left wing Henrik Zetterberg, both with 11 goals each.

There is no question that the Red Wings are going to have to step up defensively if they hope to stop the Sharks’ onslaught.

When it comes to the tale of the tape, the advantage is clearly with San Jose.

Red Wings Sharks
Goals Per Game 2.67 4.88
Goals Against per Game 2.56 1.88
Shots on Goal Per Game 30.89 40.25
Penalty Minutes Per Game 9.22 12.75
Power Play Goals 6 11
Power Play Percentage 21.4% 25%
Penalty Kill Percentage 85.2% 82.9%

 

Both teams are equally strong on the power play and the penalty kill. As I have said before, if you are at or around 25% on the power play, you are doing pretty good.

You can tell from the Shots on Goal that San Jose’s offense is going to pepper the Wings’ goaltender with shots, and if their defense doesn’t get in the way of some of those shots, their goaltender may just be in trouble.

Speaking of the goaltenders, Sharks’ goaltender Antti Niemi is currently 7-0-1 so far this season with a GAA of 1.86 and a Save Percentage of .921. He has blocked 176 of 191 shots against him.

On the other side of the ice, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is split down the middle this season, going 3-3 in his 6 appearances with a GAA of 2.67 and a Save Percentage of .914. Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson is 3-0-0 in his three appearances so far this season with a GAA of 1.67 and a Save Percentage of .953.

If the defense on both sides isn’t on their game, this could be a very high scoring game.

The San Jose Sharks will be without Defenseman Dan Boyle who is out indefinitely with a neck injury sustained during the hit from behind from St. Louis Blues center Maxim Lapierre on October 15th.

Similarly, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is out indefinitely from a concussion suffered at the hands of Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod on October 17th.

Time: 7:30 p.m. EST

Network: CSN-CA, FS-D

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