The Detroit Red Wings take on the San Jose Sharks in Detroit at 7:30 pm EDT.
This is a big game for the Red Wings, they have to start getting points and quickly. Mike Babcock continues to shuffle the line-up looking for the perfect combination of players in order to create the more scoring opportunities for the Wings. The players will need to finish on their scoring chances though.
San Jose has been on a roll as of late by going 7-2-1 in their past ten games and are 1-0-1, while only giving up one goal against the Wings this season. Antti Niemi has been solid in net for the Sharks and the losses of Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe were covered up very well by Raffi Torres and Scott Hannan.
Valtteri Filppula has been moved down to center the 3rd line to give the Wings 3 skilled lines, while trying to jump start his game before the playoffs.
Franzen was moved to center on the second line and it has been going very well, hopefully the same things will happen for Filppula.
Good new for the Wings is that Damien Brunner is back from injury and ready to start scoring goals once more.
Gustav Nyquist continues to show promise up front, but when he gets glorious scoring chances like he did against the Blues he has to bury it.
Prediction: The Wings need to come out fast and with three days rest there is no reason that they shouldn’t. They will get up on the Sharks early and hold on to win 2-1.