Detroit Red Wings: 2021 NHL Pacific Division Preview

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 12: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks reaches for a puck during the first period of a game against the Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center on November 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 12: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks reaches for a puck during the first period of a game against the Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center on November 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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San Jose Sharks

2021 Record: 21-28-7

Playoff Result: Did not make playoffs

Projected Cap Hit: $78,921,667

Cap Space: $2,578,333

Expectations: Make Playoffs

Former Red Wings: None

vs Red Wings: Tuesday Jan 4 @ Detroit 7:30 PM ET, Tuesday Jan 11 @ San Jose 10:30 PM ET

Players Joining

Adin Hill (Arizona)

James Reimer (Carolina)

Nick Bonino (Minnesota)

Andrew Cogliano (Dallas)

Lane Pederson (Arizona)

Jonah Gadjovich (Vancouver)

Players Leaving

Josef Korenar (Arizona)

Alexander True (Seattle)

Christian Jaros (New Jersey)

Martin Jones (Philadelphia)

Kurtis Gabriel (Toronto)

Ivan Chekhovich (KHL)

Marcus Sorensen (SHL)

Ryan Donato (Seattle)

How will the Red Wings stack up against San Jose?

There is trouble in Shark land.  The Evander Kane debacle needs to disappear if the Sharks have any chance of salvaging a season before it begins.  With some cap room available, the Sharks need to make some moves or they will likely miss the playoffs for a third consecutive season.  San Jose and Detroit should split the two game series.