DETROIT (Ticker) -- A pair of high-flying offenses square off
Monday when the Detroit Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks in a
matchup of defending division champions.
Led by goaltender Manny Legace, the Red Wings posted a 2-0
victory over Phoenix on Saturday to notch their second straight
Legace turned away 23 shots to record his seventh career shutout
and improve his save percentage to 91 percent for the season.
Despite featuring one of the league's most potent offenses,
Detroit has gotten off to a great start largely due in part to
its strong defense. The Red Wings have killed off over 94
percent of their penalties, the best mark in the league.
The Sharks, on the other hand, have struggled on special teams.
Despite averaging four goals per contest like the Red Wings,
the Sharks have converted just 13.5 percent of their power
San Jose also needs to improve on the penalty kill, where it has
stymied just 80 percent of its opponent's power plays.
Despite their ineptitude on special teams, the Sharks have
clicked offensively during their three-game winning streak.
Patrick Marleau netted a pair of power-play tallies in the
second period Saturday as San Jose held on for a 4-3 triumph