In the Crease: Sharks vs. Red Wings

In the Crease: Sharks vs. Red Wings
October 21, 2013, 6:45 am
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San Jose is just 27-46-4-5 against the Red Wings all-time, but is 9-2-1 in the last 12 games. (AP)

Programming note: Sharks-Red Wings coverage gets underway today at 4 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California

Where they stand
Sharks: 7-0-1, 15 points, 1st Pacific Division, 1st Western Conference
Red Wings: 6-3-0, 12 points, 1st Atlantic Division, 2nd Eastern Conference

Vitals
Sharks
Goals per game: 4.88 (1st)
Goals-against per game: 1.88 (T - 3rd)
Power play: 25.0 percent (6th)
Penalty kill: 85.2 percent (8th)

Red Wings
Goals per game: 2.67 (16th)
Goals-against per game: 2.56 (12th)
Power play: 21.4 percent (10th)
Penalty kill: 82.9 percent (12th)

Probable lines
Sharks
Tyler Kennedy – Logan Couture – Patrick Marleau
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Freddie Hamilton
Matt Nieto – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard – Andrew Desjardins – John McCarthy

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brad Stuart – Scott Hannan
Matt Irwin – Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

[RELATED: Will Sharks rookie Hertl score 40 goals?]

Red Wings
Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Daniel Alfredsson
Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Justin Abdelkader
Danny Cleary – Joakim Andersson – Todd Bertuzzi
Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Jordin Tootoo

Dan DeKeyser – Kyle Quincey
Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff
Brendan Smith – Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Last game
Sharks: Joe Pavelski led the attack on offense with two goals and two assists, and the Sharks beat the Flames at SAP Center on Saturday night, 6-3. Patrick Marleau added a goal and an assist each, and Joe Thornton had two helpers as 12 Sharks recorded at least a point. Antti Niemi picked up his seventh win with 16 saves.

[REWIND: 'Greasy' Pavelski keys win over Calgary]

Red Wings: Detroit dropped a 5-2 decision at Phoenix on Saturday night, in a game that featured a goal by Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. The Red Wings had a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi, but surrendered five straight in the loss. Jimmy Howard gave up four goals on 32 shots.

Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks center is tied for second on the team in scoring with 11 points, and has at least one point in seven of eight games. Against the Red Wings, Couture has 11 points (6g, 5a) in 12 career games.

Red Wings: Daniel Alfredsson. The long time captain of the Ottawa Senators, Alfredsson joined the Red Wings as a free agent this summer in a surprising transaction. In 15 career games against the Sharks, Alfredsson has 14 points (5g, 9a).

Injuries/Scratches
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right ACL surgery), Marty Havlat (offseason pelvic surgery), Adam Burish (back surgery), Dan Boyle (head into boards), and Brent Burns (teeth) are out.

Red Wings: Patrick Eaves (sprained MCL), Darren Helm (back), Niklas Kronwall (mild concussion) and Jonathan Ericsson (wife in labor) are out.

Season/All-Time series
The Red Wings visit SAP Center on Jan 9. It’s the only other game of the season between the Sharks and now Eastern Conference member Detroit.

San Jose is just 27-46-4-5 against the Red Wings all-time, but is 9-2-1 in the last 12 games.

[RELATED: Instant Replay: Sharks preserve perfect home record]

Quoteable
“Things are going good. It’s nice going out there with the talent we have, and playing with them, and I’ve been pretty fortunate to be on the end of some really good plays.” – Patrick Marleau

Burning question
What is your fondest memory of the Sharks-Red Wings rivalry? Leave your answer in the comments section below.