The Detroit Red Wings face the San Jose Sharks this evening (10:30 PM EDT on FSD/NBCS Bay Area/97.1 FM), and this is going to be a difficult game for the Wings as the Sharks are facing some serious playoff pressure.
STATS’ game preview sets up tonight’s game from the Sharks’ perspective:
The Sharks wrap up their longest homestand of the season Monday night by trying to hand the Detroit Red Wings their seventh straight loss.
“We were good enough to hang around and stay in it but not good enough to win, and that’s the line you have to be on the right side of this time of year,” coach Peter DeBoer said.
San Jose is second in the Pacific Division, and trying to hold off the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames over the final 3 1/2 weeks of the season. The Sharks are 12 points behind the Vegas Golden Knights, who are cruising to a division title in their inaugural season.
“We’re trying to make the playoffs. Trying to get points against anyone,” said winger Logan Couture, who leads the team with 27 goals.
After potting 12 goals over the first two games in the homestand, San Jose has found the back of the net only four times over the last three contests.
Couture, Joe Pavelski and Timo Meier carried the Sharks’ offense by combining for seven goals and three assists in wins over the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks. Over the last three contests, the three players combined for one assist.
The Sharks seek a split of the season series after a 2-1 shootout loss on Jan. 31 in Detroit despite 43 saves through overtime from Jones (22-18-6, 2.46 goals-against average, four shutouts), who has split two career starts versus the Red Wings at SAP Center.
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