San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings - 1/9/14
Detroit Red Wings (19-14-10) at San Jose Sharks (27-11-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: San Jose Sharks -191 / Detroit Red Wings +173 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-D, CSN-CA
In a battle of injury plagued teams, the Detroit Red Wings will visit The Tank on Thursday night to take on the San Jose Sharks.
The Detroit Red Wings have had offensive issues of late, which is a head scratcher for a team with a roster of names including Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson, and Johan Franzen just to name a few. However, Franzen and Datsyuk have been on the shelf with injuries, but Zetterberg has six points in the last four games to spawn some offense for the Wings. Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard has had better seasons, but performed well in his last outing with 44 saves and only allowing one to slip past. Howard has struggled mightily in the past against San Jose, but he will look to build on a 0-5-3 record and nearly 3.0 goals against average.
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The San Jose Sharks head back home, where the team feels untouchable. This, after a road trip where the Sharks lost two of three games and finished with a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. Joe Pavelski notched his a goal against the Preds to make it nine goals in 14 games with 14 points during that span. The Sharks were dealt a blow when Logan Couture underwent surgery on a hand injury, which could keep the forward out nearly a month. The Sharks are also playing without Tomas Hertl, Martin Havlat, Tyler Kennedy and several other notable players.
The Red Wings have a dismal track record at the SAP Center going 1-4 in the last five meetings at San Jose, and similarly the Wings are 1-4 in the last five against the Sharks overall. Neither team has been particularly sharp in the last ten games, Detroit going 4-5-1 and San Jose going 6-4-0. The Sharks are tough to tame at The Tank with just a solo loss on the season, but the market has obviously caught on to the home ice advantage for San Jose. The Sharks are a steep price at home, even against a quality opponent such as Detroit, and I don’t have a strong lean to either side of the total. Thus, I think the play here is to lay the goal and a half with San Jose considering four of the last five Detroit losses have come by two or more goals.