Detroit (16-6-2) at San Jose (8-10-4) 10:30 pm EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- While the Detroit Red Wings
have encountered some tough times of late, the San Jose Sharks
have brought their struggles to a whole new level.
The Sharks look to avoid an eighth straight defeat Saturday when
they welcome the Red Wings to the HP Pavilion.
San Jose, which has not won since a 1-0 victory at Anaheim on
November 4, dropped its seventh straight contest Thursday, 3-2,
to the Vancouver Canucks. Patrick Marleau and Marcel Goc
tallied for the Sharks, who scored three goals or fewer for the
11th straight game.
Detroit is in first place in the Central Division, but has lost
five of its last six games.
The Red Wings' latest defeat came Friday - a 3-1 loss vs.
Anaheim. Henrik Zetterberg scored the lone goal for Detroit,
which lost goaltender Manny Legace to a sprained knee late in
the first period.
If Legace is unable to play Saturday, veteran Chris Osgood
likely would start in his place. Osgood, who turns 33 on
Saturday, is 13-7-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average in 21
career games against the Sharks.
Detroit posted a 3-2 overtime triumph over San Jose in the only
meeting between the teams on October 17 as defenseman Jiri
Fischer scored the game-winner with 51 seconds left in the
Fischer suffered a seizure on the bench in the Red Wings'
game against Nashville on Monday. He was released from the
hospital on Wednesday.