Preview: Detroit at San Jose

When: 10:30 PM  ET, Thursday, February 26, 2015
Where: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Matchup Edge
DET Edge in: SJ
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending



The San Jose Sharks posted the best home record in the Western Conference in 2013-14, but they have been unable to duplicate that success this season and are sitting just outside the playoff picture. San Jose carries a middling 14-12-5 record at SAP Center into Thursday's matchup against the visiting Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks are winless at home since Jan. 31 and are coming off a 2-1 outdoor loss to Los Angeles before 70,000-plus fans at Levi's Stadium.

The Red Wings are trying to avoid going 0-for-California after absorbing a pair of one-goal defeats at Anaheim and Los Angeles to fall to 2-1-1 on their six-game road trip that ends at NHL-leading Nashville on Saturday. Detroit was blanked for the second time in five games in Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Kings on Tuesday to fall six points behind first-place Montreal in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings have scored only three goals in dropping four in a row to San Jose.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, CSN California (San Jose)

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (33-15-11): Detroit could be without leading scorer Henrik Zetterberg for a third straight game, as the captain is still experiencing symptoms after getting punched in the head by Dallas' Jamie Benn on Saturday. The Red Wings' top-ranked power play felt the absence of Zetterberg against the Kings, failing on all five chances with the man advantage while mustering a total of only nine shots. Defenseman Kyle Quincey (foot), who has sat out the last three games, has received clearance to resume practicing.

ABOUT THE SHARKS (30-23-8): San Jose has dropped eight of its last 11 (3-6-2) and is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03, so it must capitalize on an upcoming stretch with seven of the next eight at home. The Sharks have not been getting much production from their special teams, allowing a power-play goal in seven of their last 10 games while scoring on only 4-of-26 chances with the man advantage during that span. Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture, the team's top two scorers, each have nine points in the last nine games. 

OVERTIME

1. Sharks G Antti Niemi is 12-2-2 with a 1.64 goals-against average and three shutouts versus Detroit.

2. Red Wings G Jimmy Howard is 3-6-4 with a 2.79 GAA versus the Sharks.

3. Sharks F Joe Thornton needs one assist to snap a tie with Dale Hawerchuk (891) for 20th place on the all-time list. 

PREDICTION: Sharks 3, Red Wings 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Detroit 33-15-2-9 L2 17-5-0-7 16-10-2-2 3-0-0-1 30-15-2-8 9-8-1-5
San Jose 30-23-3-5 L1 14-12-2-3 16-11-1-2 3-3-0-0 27-20-3-5 12-8-2-2

Last Meeting

Detroit San Jose
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/9/14 DET 1 SJ 4 25 22 0-4 26 24 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
DET L. Glendening 1
SJ J. Pavelski 2
Goals Player  
DET T. Tatar 1
SJ J. Pavelski 2
Assists Player  
DET L. Glendening 1
SJ J. Thornton 2
Saves Player  
DET J. Howard 19
SJ A. Niemi 24
Season
Total Points Player  
DET P. Datsyuk 49
SJ J. Pavelski 55
Goals Player  
DET T. Tatar 24
SJ J. Pavelski 31
Assists Player  
DET H. Zetterberg 34
SJ J. Thornton 39
Saves Player  
DET J. Howard 892
SJ A. Niemi 1244

Quickchart Matchup

Detroit Off vs  San Jose Def
2.88 GF
2.77 GA
29.5 Shots
29.8 Shots
53 PP
32 PK
San Jose Off vs  Detroit Def
2.77 GF
2.46 GA
31 Shots
27.6 Shots
39 PP
34 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -125 113
-127
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports.ag -120 100
-140
5
Sportsbook.ag
-120
100
-140
5
5Dimes -129 119
-128
5
GTbets.eu -135 115
-130
5
Top Bet -125 105
-135
5
BetOnline.ag -135
122
-128
5
BetDSI -137 117
-135
5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com -140 111
-135
5
Superbook.ag OFF OFF OFF
BookMaker -137 117
-135
5
Vegas Odds
Westgate Las Vegas Superbook -130 120
120
5
Mirage -125 105
120
5
Station -125 105
125
5
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Detroit Overall San Jose
33-15-2-9 W/L 30-23-3-5
29-30 ATS 25-36
25-27 O/U 28-28
2.88 Goals For 2.77
2.46 Goals Agnst 2.77
Detroit A/H San Jose
16-10-2-2 W/L 14-12-2-3
16-14 ATS 11-20
11-15 O/U 15-14
2.67 Goals For 2.87
2.70 Goals Agnst 2.84