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Sharks return home on roll as Red Wings visit

Detroit Red Wings at San Jose Sharks

  1. The Red Wings will attempt to extend their point streak against the Sharks to six games in the first of two meetings this season. Detroit took three of four points in the two meetings last season and moved to 3-0-2 in the last five after a 3-2 overtime loss in San Jose on January 11 when Logan Couture scored exactly one minute into the extra period.
  2. Filip Hronek has registered a point in his last eight road games dating back to last season's finale at Washington. Hronek, who has one goal and eight assists during his streak, had a pair of helpers in a 3-2 overtime loss at San Jose on January 11.
  3. Detroit is winless in its last seven games in the state of California but picked up points in five of them. The Red Wings are 3-8-6 in the Golden State since the start of the 2016-17 season, with four of the 12 points in that span coming versus San Jose (1-2-2).
  4. Erik Karlsson has seven goals and six assists during a five-game point streak at home, his second-longest streak since joining San Jose in 2018. Karlsson has five goals and 17 assists in 26 lifetime appearances versus Detroit but only one goal in four games after arriving in San Jose.
  5. With just five points through nine games (1-5-3), the Sharks are off to their worst start at home since going 1-8-2 in their first 11 games at San Jose Arena in 1995-96. Despite the lack of results, the Sharks rank second in the NHL with a 90.9 penalty kill success rate (20-for-22) at home.
  6. Timo Meier has eight goals and five assists in his last nine games after totaling just two assists in his first nine contests. Meier, who has five goals and four assists in a five-game point streak at home, has two goals and five assists in seven lifetime meetings against the Red Wings.

The San Jose Sharks should be feeling confident when they return home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

The Sharks have won a season-high three in a row, most recently defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2 on Tuesday to cap a four-game road trip. The Golden Knights came into the game with a 13-3-0 record compared to 5-9-3 for San Jose.

"I would say it's (our biggest win of the year) just because we had an opportunity to win on our road trip against arguably the best team in the National Hockey League," San Jose coach David Quinn said. "We've been gaining confidence throughout these last three weeks with the way we've played and the way we've practiced."

The Red Wings, on the other hand, have lost a season-high four in a row, going 0-2-2.

Detroit had a 2-1 lead with a minute to go at the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, but gave up the tying goal on six-on-five and then lost 3-2 in overtime with 50 seconds left.

"It's just not good enough. I think we've got to learn to close out games," Red Wings defenseman Jake Walman said. "Got to just keep pushing forward and got to be a great team, not just a good team."

Tyler Bertuzzi, who scored a career-high 30 goals for the Red Wings last season, returned against Anaheim after missing the previous 13 games with a broken hand, but did not contribute offensively. His turnover in overtime led to the decisive goal.

After combining for 20 goals in its first five games, Detroit hasn't scored more than three goals in each of its past 11.

Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider, who had seven goals and 43 assists in 82 games as a rookie last season, has no goals and five assists in 16 games.

Dylan Larkin, who led Detroit with 31 goals and 38 assists last season, has one goal and one assist in his past four games. He has scored just once in his past six games.

"We're getting more of a trend of not being able to score much," Larkin said. "We've got to look to create more 5-on-5 and put the puck in the net more."

The Red Wings are doing what they need to do defensively. They rank fifth in the NHL in blocked shots at 16.9 per game.

"That's something we've built this year, it's been everybody," Larkin said of the shot blocking. "Guys are putting it all on the line. ... guys that we need in the lineup, but they've put their bodies on the line and we're really showing each other that we care and we want to win. And that's about all you can control in hockey, is your effort, and how much you care, so it's great to see every night that we're blocking shots."

The Sharks have the second-best penalty kill in the NHL at 91.5 percent, entering Wednesday, and they've converted on two of seven power plays during their winning streak to nudge themselves up to tied for 19th in the league.

"Our penalty kill has been outstanding all year, and our power play, after a tough start, has been very good," Quinn said.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 17, 2022

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