San Jose coach Todd McLellan
said people will just have to wait until tonight to see what his final lineup looks like, but the way the Sharks practiced at their morning skate this morning might be a clue.
The first two defense pairings were the same, but the third was comprised of 23-year-old Jason Demers
and 24-year old Justin Braun
. Braun was just recalled from Worcester of the American Hockey League last weekend and has started on the third pairing with veteran Jim Vandermeer
in the last two games.
"If we're out there together tonight, it will be good," said Braun, who had an assist and a plus-2 rating in three games with Worcester before being called up. "Jason's got great experience and I think we'll just pick each other up and keep the confidence going."
Braun had 2 goals and 9 assists in 29 games with the Sharks last season. Getting a chance to face the Red Wings this season is something he's looking forward to doing, regardless of what the lineup looks like.
"You look over there and they've got some pretty good hands," he said of the Red Wings. "You've just got to not overcommit, contain and wait for them to kind of make a mistake and make good passes all night."