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Sharks vs. Detroit Preview: One more trip to the Joe

Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Go ahead and save this article: I really don’t think the Sharks and Red Wings will meet in the Stanley Cup Final this year. As such, this is almost certainly the last time San Jose will play at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. If you’ve been putting off a pilgrimage to one of the oldest buildings in the NHL, it’s time to book that flight because the city is handing a brand new building to the billionaire owners of the hockey franchise. Goodie.

This game is also a chance for the Sharks to end the five-game road swing on a high note. They’re currently 2-2 on the trip and 3-2 overall and quite frankly should handle what is a Not So Good Detroit team pretty handily. San Jose is the best possession team in the league right now while Detroit ... not so much.

It’s still early days, but the biggest advantage the Red Wings hold at present is on the power play. Detroit is top five in the league in power play percentage while San Jose finds itself muddling around league average in the early goings. I don’t think that tells us much about the Sharks’ power play quite frankly, but whatever. Detroit’s PK has been poor and maybe this is a chance for San Jose to get back on track.

This used to be one of the Sharks’ most fun rivalries, but it’s very much dead now given the Red Wings’ move to the Eastern Conference and the general malaise that has settled over Detroit in recent seasons. So instead, let’s embrace the nostalgia of the Joe Louis Arena. Playing in Detroit is always special, let’s enjoy it.

Game 1
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Saturday, Oct. 22, 4 p.m. PT
Joe Louis Arena, Deotrit, MI, USA
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Stats and Figures
3-2-0 Record 3-2-0
3rd in Pacific Standings T-2nd in Atlantic
57.70% Even Strength, Score-Adj. Fenwick 46.58%
99.29 PDO 101.32
18.8 PP% 31.6
69.2 PK% 68.4