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Wings go for perfect trip as they visit San Jose

by John Kreiser

RED WINGS (17-11-5) at SHARKS (15-11-6)

TV: FS-Detroit; CSN-California

Last 10: Red Wings 6-3-1; San Jose 4-4-2

Season series: It's the second of three meetings this season. Detroit beat San Jose 2-1 in a shootout at the Shark Tank on Feb. 28. They meet again in Detroit on April 11.

Big story: Two teams that are starting to put it together try to extend winning streaks fueled by victories against Anaheim. The Red Wings complete a four-game trip that included two wins in Anaheim before Monday night's 3-2 victory at Phoenix. The Sharks completed a home-and-home sweep of the Ducks on Wednesday with a solid 4-0 victory at home.

Team Scope:

Red Wings: It took a long time, but the power play has finally figured out how to score away from the friendly confines of Joe Louis Arena. The winning goal in the victory at Phoenix came with the extra man, and the Red Wings have scored a power-play goal in six consecutive road games -- after startong the season 0-for-37 away from home.

Our specialty teams in the first 10 games were awful, both the power play and the penalty kill,'' coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday. "We had a change in staff (Tom Renney joined the Wings as an assistant when Jeff Blashill became coach at Grand Rapids, their top farm team). We also have a bunch of different players. So when you put it all together it takes some time.

"I thought it was coming on, but it never really went in the net for us and now it's going in the net.''

Sharks: There were smiles all around after San Jose gave a full 60-minute effort to complete the home-and-home sweep of Anaheim. Joe Pavelski scored 60 seconds after the opening faceoff, Tommy Wingels had a goal and two assists, the defense limited the Ducks to 22 shots and Antti Niemi stopped them all. The Sharks led 3-0 and never looked back.

"We knew we had to get after them right from the start," coach Todd McLellan said. "I think that first shift Pavelski had set the tone for the next 10 minutes and we took advantage of it."

Who's hot: Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scored the winning goal against Phoenix and has five points in the first three games of the trip. Johan Franzen has two goals and four points in those three games. … Joe Pavelski had goals in both games against the Ducks

Injury report: The Red Wings are still without defenseman Kyle Quincey (fractured cheekbone), as well as forwards Mikael Samuelsson (hand), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Darren Helm (back). Only Samuelsson is anywhere close to returning. … San Jose is missing backup goaltender Thomas Greiss (neck).

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