Detroit Red Wings (17-17-5) at San Jose Sharks (23-14-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 7, 2017, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks -204 / Detroit Red Wings +183 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Detroit Red Wings look to build on their big win against the Kings in their last outing as they take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
The Wings shocked the masses at the Staples Center with their convincing victory on Thursday night and they will look for an encore against the Sharks who have had their way against the Atlantic division this season. Detroit has struggled on the road over the last two seasons as they are a measly 17-35 when playing outside of Joe Louis Arena and until they can start generating success away from home they are going to be a middle of the pack type of team and could very well fall short of the playoffs this season. The Wings have qualified for hockey’s second season in each of the last 25 years but without the offensive skill set of Pavel Dastyuk this season and being a team in transition the Wings could be in tough to outlast some of the other teams in the Atlantic division.
The Sharks meanwhile have been business as usual so far this season and look just as good as they did to qualify for last season’s Stanley Cup final as the Western Conference champions. The Sharks could afford a piece or two to come in at the trade deadline as a shot in the arm in terms of offensive depth would certainly be welcome as they have a great leadership core and a goaltender in Martin Jones who has been brilliant since coming over from the Kings at the beginning of last season. The Sharks are 5-0 in their last five games against the Eastern Conference and a big effort here would extend that mark for at least another night.
The Red Wings are 1-4 in their last five Saturday games and 0-4 in their last four games following a win while the Sharks are 6-1 in their last seven against the Atlantic and 21-9 in heir last 30 home games. San Jose had their struggles with the Kings but they get back to it with a win at home against the Red Wings in this one.