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Wings return to site of Western semi triumph

Thursday, 10.18.2007 / 9:40 AM ET / Preview
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Wings return to site of Western semi triumph

SAN JOSE -- The last time the Red Wings played in San Jose, they ended the Sharks' Stanley Cup hopes.

The two teams meet for the first time since last season's Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night at HP Pavilion.

Though San Jose went 3-1-0 in the regular-season series against the Red Wings in 2006-07, Detroit rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the playoffs with three straight victories, highlighted by a 2-0 road win in Game 6.

Through two weeks of the 2007-08 season, both are again among the top teams in the West.

Detroit (4-2-1) looks to bounce back from a 6-3 loss at Anaheim on Monday as it plays the third of a four-game road trip that started with a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles.

The Red Wings allowed their most goals in a game so far this season, and were whistled for 13 of the game's 24 penalties. Detroit had of the eight penalties called in the win over the Kings.

"There seem to have been a lot of penalties in the last two games, for some reason. I really don't know why, but we've been on the short end of it," said Brian Rafalski, who had a power-play goal against the Ducks.

Henrik Zetterberg scored his fifth goal and ties Colorado's Paul Stastny for the league lead with 13 points. Zetterberg, who had two goals and three assists against the Sharks in the playoffs, looks to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games.

Teammate Kris Draper, meanwhile, will try to score in his sixth straight game. He tallied just 14 in 81 games last season, but none against the Sharks.

Six-time Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek made 23 saves versus Anaheim and has lost his last two starts. Though he posted a 1.45 goals-against average against San Jose in the playoffs, he allowed nine goals in two regular-season games against the Sharks, including eight in a 9-4 loss on Jan. 4.

San Jose (3-2-1) will play just its second home game Thursday, and looks to build off a 4-2 victory on Monday at Vancouver.

The Sharks, who were tied for third in the conference with 258 goals last season, enjoyed their most productive offensive showing after averaging two goals in their first five games.

Leading scorer Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists, while linemate Jonathan Cheechoo had a goal and assist for his first points after leading the team with 37 goals in 2006-07.

"We thought we were close to breaking through," Thornton said. "We were just throwing pucks at the net and working hard and getting chances."

Thornton, who led San Jose with 114 points last season, has four points in his last two contests and had six assists last regular season versus Detroit.

"In the third period, Joe Thornton was a force, and when he starts playing like that, it's easy to be on a line with him and it's hard to play against him," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said.

Evgeni Nabokov had 24 saves against the Canucks. He allowed five goals in two regular-season starts against the Red Wings in 2006-07.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80