The Kings are expecting a fired up Sharks squad to show up in Los Angeles after a momentum-killing 5-3 home loss to the Ducks Monday.
A quick scan of the game sheets from the past month suggests the Sharks have given up goals immediately after its scored one itself -- a disturbing trend that needs to get fixed quickly.
Monday's loss to the last-place Ducks dealt a blow to San Jose's playoff hopes, and the Sharks' schedule down the stretch isn't very friendly, either.More: Sharks schedule
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau hasnt had all that much time to get a feel for his teams rivalries, but hes already sensing the lack of California Love.
A win would put the ninth-seeded Sharks back in first place in the Pacific Division, and the automatic third seed that comes with that a place they havent been since losing in Nashville on Feb. 25.
Daniel Winnik scored a goal at HP Pavilion on Dec. 13, while still with the Avalanche. Since then, he has yet to light the lamp, including his first 10 games since being traded to the Sharks on Feb. 27.
Jeremy Roenick may be continually critical of a certain Sharks forward, but the former NHLer still expects his old team to make the playoffs.
While Jim Vandermeer and Colin White have been healthy scratches as of late, Jason Demers and Justin Braun have helped the Sharks collect seven of a possible eight points in their last four games.
He may have scored two goals last night, including the winner in overtime, but Marty Havlat was dying midway through the exciting 3-2 Sharks win over the Red Wings.
The Sharks were taken to overtime by the Red Wings in a thriller at the Tank. Martin Havlat hammered home a loose puck in OT and sent the Sharks home with a much-needed two points.
The Sharks have two games in hand on their Pacific Division foes, and wins would put them in control. But head coach Todd McLellan isn't looking past Detroit.
The Red Wings visit HP Pavilion tonight, looking to avoid their first four-game losing streak since October. Meanwhile, the Sharks are finally showing signs of gaining momentum, with wins in two of their last three games.
The Red Wings are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, and all three loses have come away from the Joe. The Sharks have a chance to pour it on and help their own playoff chances in the process Saturday.
The Sharks path to the playoffs won't be easy. Their matchup with the Red Wings will see puck-magician Pavel Datsyuk on the ice for the first time in nearly a month.