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Preview: Red Wings at Sharks

Rookie Jared Coreau gets second straight start for Detroit; San Jose looks to end three-game losing streak

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (17-17-5) at SHARKS (23-14-2)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-D+, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

 

Red Wings team scope

Goaltender Jared Coreau, coming off a 34-save shutout in a 4-0 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, will make his second straight start. Coreau is 3-1-1 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in five career NHL starts, all this season. Petr Mrazek, who made 22 saves in a 2-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, is 9-9-3 with a 3.06 GAA and .897 save percentage. "Just given the results in L.A., I went with Jared again," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I really feel like both of them are in a good spot." Coreau, who was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League after goaltender Jimmy Howard injured his knee against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Dec. 20, went 11-6-0 with a 2.18 GAA and .924 save percentage in the AHL. "I had fun," Coreau said after his first NHL shutout. "I like hostile environments. I'd rather play in a place that's louder than a place that doesn't have as much going on. For me, I take energy either way. I can feed off it whether it's for me or against us. It was good. It was a good win, not just for me confidence wise but for the team."

 

Sharks team scope

The San Jose Sharks will be without defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic (face) and David Schlemko (upper body) again when they try to end a three-game losing streak, which matches their longest of the season. Vlasic will miss his fourth straight game, and Schlemko his third straight. "It's a big game," center Logan Couture said. "We've lost three in a row. We don't want to go any further. That's when you start slipping in the division." The Sharks lost consecutive games to the Kings by one goal, the second in overtime, before losing 5-4 to the Minnesota Wild at SAP Center on Thursday, when they allowed four goals in the third period. "We know we need to be better," Couture said. "We did a lot of good things for the first two periods but had a little slip in the third. We need to have a nice bounce-back effort tonight." Forward Mikkel Boedker will return to the lineup and skate on the fourth line after being a healthy scratch Thursday for the first time this season. "You never agree with getting sat," Boedker said. "No player in history has ever agreed with getting sat out. But you just got to stay with it, you got to stay professional and make sure you do the job when you get back in the lineup. Today is a new opportunity to do good things out there and contribute to the team." Boedker has two goals and six assists in 38 games.

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Thomas Vanek

Dylan Larkin -- Gustav Nyquist -- Luke Glendening

Drew Miller -- Riley Sheahan -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Jonathan Ericsson -- Ryan Sproul

Xavier Ouellet -- Alexey Marchenko

Jared Coreau

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Tomas Jurco

Injured: Darren Helm (shoulder), Justin Abdelkader (sprained MCL), Mike Green (undisclosed), Jimmy Howard (sprained MCL), Brendan Smith (knee), Niklas Kronwall (lower body)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Joonas Donskoi -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Patrick Marleau -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Mikkel Boedker -- Tommy Wingels -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Mirco Mueller -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Tim Heed

Injured: Tomas Hertl (knee), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (face), David Schlemko (upper body)

 

Status update

Jones, who gave up five goals on 26 shots against Minnesota, will make his 35th start. ... Heed was recalled from the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL but will be a healthy scratch. ... Haley, who was in the lineup the previous seven games, will be scratched. ... Smith and Kronwall will each miss their second straight game. ... The Red Wings will use the same lineup they used against the Kings. ... Abdelkader skated and said he hopes to return Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

Who's hot

Labanc has a four-game point streak (one goal, three assists). ... Pavelski has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past eight games. ... Marleau has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games. ... Mantha has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his past eight games. ... Vanek has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past eight games.

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