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Dell could start for San Jose in second of back to back; Detroit aims to end home losing streak

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

SHARKS (26-16-7) at RED WINGS (19-21-8)



The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to end a five-game home losing streak when they play the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.

Detroit is 0-4-1 at its new rink since a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Jan. 5. The Red Wings lost 5-1 at home to the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 25 in their last game before the All-Star break, allowing a hat trick to rookie Alex DeBrincat.

Red Wings forwards Darren Helm (leg) and Justin Abdelkader (lower body), and defenseman Trevor Daley (lower body), are expected to return after missing time before the break.

Goalie Aaron Dell could start for the Sharks after Martin Jones made 26 saves in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Jones missed the previous four games with an undisclosed injury.


Players to watch

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns has nine points (goal, eight assists) in a seven-game scoring streak. He has 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in his past 13 games with points in 12 of the 13.

Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past 10 games. He had 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his first 28 games of the season.


They said it

"We did some good stuff, but self-inflicted wounds, you know? There are two or three key plays that, obviously, we gave them. So that's one of those games where you can't beat yourself on the road." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer after the loss to Pittsburgh

"It's great to be back, especially with the other guys getting back out there, as well. This is the first time we've had a full lineup in a while." -- Red Wings forward Darren Helm


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Mikkel Boedker -- Joe Pavelski -- Chris Tierney

Melker Karlsson -- Tomas Hertl -- Joonas Donskoi

Marcus Sorensen -- Barclay Goodrow -- Joel Ward

Brent Burns -- Joakim Ryan

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Jannik Hansen, Daniel O'Regan, Tim Heed

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee)


Red Wings projected lineup 

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Martin Frk -- Tyler Bertuzzi -- Justin Abdelkader

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Dominic Turgeon, Luke Witkowski, Xavier Ouellet

Injured: None


Status report

The Sharks did not hold a morning skate.


Stat pack

Couture has four goals in a three-game scoring streak. … Mrazek is 2-0-1 with a 1.05 goals-against average and .965 save percentage in his past four appearances (three starts), including back-to-back shutouts against the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils on Jan. 14 and 22.

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