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Sharks at Red Wings: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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So let’s give it up for the New Year.

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Kevin Labanc #62 of the San Jose Sharks scores against Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center on November 16, 2019 in San Jose, California. Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images

The San Jose Sharks are looking to ring in the new year right, with the potential of an easy victory over the only squad in the NHL yet to break double digits in the win column after the first three months of the season. The Detroit Red Wings are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs conversation, but if there’s one man in the organization that fans trust to have a plan, it’s General Manager Steve Yzerman, who will hopefully scrape a good draft out of this lost season.

Still, it’s no fun to watch a bad team and Sharks fans have learned about that particularly bleak experience firsthand this season, as even a coaching change has yet to fully bring the results this team is capable of. And unfortunately, if there’s one thing that sets these teams apart, it’s that Detroit has managed to stockpile picks (including a third-rounder from the Sharks included in the Gustav Nyquist trade last February), while San Jose could suffer a well and truly lost season if they don’t make the postseason.

At least this is supposed to be an easy win, right?

Lines

Sharks

Expected Scratches: Antti Suomela, Tim Heed, Joachim Blichfeld

Injured Reserve: Dalton Prout (upper body)

Red Wings (via NHL.com)

Tyler BertuzziDylan LarkinFilip Zadina
Robby FabbriValtteri FilppulaBrendan Perlini
Darren HelmLuke GlendeningAdam Erne
Christoffer EhnFrans NielsenGivani Smith

Patrik NemethMike Green
Trevor DaleyFilip Hronek
Brian LashoffMadison Bowey

Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard

Expected Scratches: Alex Biega, Justin Abdelkader

Injured Reserve: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body)

Where to Watch

Puck drop from Little Caesar’s Arena will be at 4:30 PT/7:30 ET. Tonight’s broadcast will be available on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area and on Fox Sports Detroit for the visitors’ market. Streaming will be available on NHLtv. The radio call will be on 98.5 KFOX or available to stream through the Sharks + SAP Center app.