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Sharks vs. Red Wings Preview: Renewing an old(ish) rivalry

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San Jose hosts Detroit while looking to get back on track.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Once upon a time, the Sharks and Red Wings had a pretty nice rivalry going. Then the winged wheels moved to the Eastern Conference and that budding rivalry died a quick death. Now without Mike Babcock behind the bench for the first time since 2004, the Wings look to solidify their spot in the Atlantic Division in San Jose.

Meanwhile, the Sharks could really use a win after a miserable effort against Winnipeg on Saturday. San Jose didn't play well against Detroit in the team's last meeting, but a miserable night from Jimmy Howard helped the Sharks pick up a win (on that mythical road trip, no less).

San Jose will be wearing their heritage jerseys against the Wings. I'm sure Jamie Baker is very excited.

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San Jose Sharks
20-13-7 Record 18-17-2
3rd in Atlantic Rank 6th in Pacific
49.3%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 51.6%
100.2
PDO 98.8
18.1
PP% 21.8
79.4 PK% 81.0

7:30PM PDT | SAP Center | San Jose
TV: CSN-CA, FS-DET | Radio: SJSharks.com98.5 KFOX
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Last Meeting

Despite playing like complete ass, the Sharks managed to win. Yay.
Storylines
  • Martin Jones has struggled after bursting out of the game with the Sharks and could use a good game. Preferably several good games strung together, honestly.
  • The Red Wings possession numbers aren't very good and neither are their special teams.
  • San Jose has beaten Detroit in seven of their last 10 meetings.