Preview: Red Wings Versus Brad Stuart Part II: The Search For More Goals

Feb 28, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Tim Kennedy (46) and Detroit Red Wings left wing Drew Miller (20) attempt to gain control of the puck during the first period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings travel to San Jose in order to take on the Sharks at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

Detroit is coming off of three big wins, two in Anaheim and one in Phoenix, plus a hefty pre-noon boozing on their day off, before heading to San Jose yesterday. The Wings power-play has once again become its enfourser as they converted four power-play opportunities in the past three games and are now on an eight game power-play streak.

In their last meeting, Damien Brunner beat Annti Niemi in the shootout to give the Red Wings a victory. San Jose traded Douglas Murray to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the week, which doesn’t help or hurt their skill level.  Tonight the Sharks are looking to get back on track after going 2-6-2 in their past ten games, while the Wings look to continue their road dominance.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Drew Miller

Daniel Cleary – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Gustav Nyquist – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Brian Lashoff

Jakub Kindl  Ian White

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Damien Brunner was one review check away from breaking his goal drought as he was given credit for the Ian White goal, but instead the drought remains.

Goaltender, Jimmy Howard is back in net after a game off and should continue to dominate between the pipes.

Often injured defenseman, Carlo Colaiacovo continues to try and work his way into the line-up, but I doubt Babcock changes it after a win.

The two power forwards, Drew Miller and Justin Abdelkader, have had very good games on their respective wings and I expect them to continue to produce on the ice.

Random Fact – Last season Jimmy Howard was a terrible 0-2-1 against the Sharks.

Prediction: The Red Wings did not preform very well after having a few days off before the Minnesota game and will have that same problem tonight against the Sharks.  San Jose Sharks victory 4-1.

UPDATE -

 

Topics: Detroit Red Wings

Want more from Octopus Thrower?  
Subscribe to FanSided Daily for your morning fix. Enter your email and stay in the know.

TEAMFeed More Red Wings news from the Fansided Network

Hot on the Web From golf.com