Programming note: Sharks-Red Wings coverage starts today at 4 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California.
Where they stand
Sharks: 35-30-8, 78 points, 5th Pacific Division
Red Wings: 39-21-12, 90 points, 3rd Atlantic Division
San Jose is nine points behind the Flames for third place in the Pacific Division, and 10 points behind Winnipeg for the second wild card spot. The Sharks have one game in hand on both teams.
Sharks: Ottawa exploded for four goals in the third period to beat the Sharks at Canadian Tire Center on Monday, 5-2. Joe Pavelski and Chris Tierney scored second period goals to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead, but they couldn’t hold on in falling to 1-3-0 on their seven-game road trip, and 1-4-0 in their last five to essentially extinguish their playoff hopes. Their trip concludes with back-to-back games in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh this weekend.
Red Wings: The Arizona Coyotes beat the Red Wings in overtime on Tuesday, 5-4 at Joe Louis Arena. Jimmy Howard took the loss in net with just 17 saves, and Detroit allowed a pair of power play goals to fall to 3-6-1 in its last 10. The Red Wings wrap up a four-game homestand on Saturday with the Lightning.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Joe Pavelski. There’s been no let up in the 30-year-old’s game, as he led the Sharks with seven shots on goal in the loss to Ottawa including a goal. Pavelski has 35 goals, and is trying for his second straight 40-goal campaign after finishing with 41 last season. He has 10 goals and 19 points in 27 career games against the Red Wings.
Red Wings: Tomas Tatar. The 24-year-old left wing leads the Red Wings with 26 goals, one of five Detroit players to reach the 20-goal plateau – the only NHL team to do so. The Red Wings took their time developing the former second round pick in 2009, leaving him in AHL Grand Rapids for three seasons. Their patience has seemingly paid off.
Goals per game: 2.71 (16th)
Goals-against per game: 2.75 (23rd)
Power play: 21.8 percent (6th)
Penalty kill: 79.1 percent (24th)
Goals per game: 2.85 (9th)
Goals-against per game: 2.58 (15th)
Power play: 24.9 percent (1st)
Penalty kill: 81.0 percent (17th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Tommy Wingels – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Tomas Hertl
John Scott – Ben Smith – Barclay Goodrow
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Mirco Mueller – Brenden Dillon
Matt Irwin – Brent Burns
Gustav Nyquist – Henrik Zetterberg – Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss – Joakim Andersson – Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Tomas Jurco
Dan DeKeyser – Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith – Marek Zidlicky
Jonathan Ericsson – Jakub Kindl
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee surgery) and Mike Brown (broken right fibula) are out.
Red Wings: Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Niklas Kronwall (lower body) and Jonas Gustavsson (undisclosed) are day-to-day. Johan Franzen (concussion) is out.
The Red Wings beat the Sharks at SAP Center on Feb. 26, 3-2, erasing 2-1 deficit after two periods. The Sharks registered just one shot over a span of more than 28 minutes from midway through the second period until late in the third, coming from Logan Couture 129 feet out.
Detroit is 30-7-4 against the Sharks all-time at Joe Louis Arena, but the Sharks are 11-3-1 against the Red Wings in the last 15.
All-time, the Sharks are 29-47-9 against Detroit.
“Everyone’s going to compete right until the end. I have no doubt that anyone in this room is going to give up.” – Chris Tierney