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Detroit seeks five-game point streak; San Jose aims for sixth straight win

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (7-12-2) at SHARKS (9-10-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-D, NHL.TV


The Game

The San Jose Sharks go for their sixth straight win when they host the Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center on Saturday.

San Jose is outscoring opponents 22-14 during its five-game winning streak, including scoring at least four goals in four of them.

Goalie Jimmy Howard will start for the Red Wings, who are 3-0-1 in their last four games and finish a three-game road trip. Detroit lost to the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime on Thursday.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has seven points (two goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak.

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has a five-game goal streak, one behind Owen Nolan, who scored in a team-record six straight games from Jan. 20-30, 2003.


They said it 

"If we have a good outing, we could have a real good trip. I think the energy level is real good and the guys are excited for a real good challenge. We try to take a game by game approach, a shift by shift approach. We're worried about our next game, our next shift, not thinking at all what's happened prior. … We've just got to make sure we play some real good hockey here tonight." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"You've won five a row with a big road win last game against a division rival and it's human nature to take a deep breath. And we can't fall into that trap. This team always plays us hard. They're a speed team, which always gives us trouble. The first line has been firing on all cylinders. We've got to make sure we're prepared." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Robby Fabbri -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne

Darren Helm -- Christoffer Ehn -- Luke Glendening

Dennis Cholowski -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Madison Bowey

Alex Biega -- Dylan McIlrath

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Joe Hicketts, Taro Hirose

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Justin Abdelkader (mid-body), Patrik Nemeth (infection), Filip Hronek (lower body)


Sharks projected lineup   

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Timo Meier -- Tomas Hertl -- Barclay Goodrow

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Patrick Marleau

Lukas Radil -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Mario Ferraro

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Noah Gregor, Tim Heed

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body)


Status report

Glendening skated in practice Friday and is a game-time decision. … Prout is day-to-day. … Hertl will play after sustaining a knee injury in a 5-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.


Stat pack

Kane has five goals in his past six games. … Meier has a five-game point streak (three goals, six assists). ... Larkin has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Erik Karlsson will play his 700th NHL game.

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