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Wings' thoughts turn toward Sharks

Wednesday, 04.28.2010 / 8:22 AM ET / News
By Brian Compton  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Red Wings passed an enormous first test in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
 
The second one will be even bigger.
 
By eliminating the Phoenix Coyotes with a 6-1 win at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday night, the Red Wings earned a trip to San Jose, where they'll face the top-seeded Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals.
 
Guided by former Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan, the Sharks won 51 games and racked up 113 points to earn the No. 1 seed in the West. San Jose disposed of the Colorado Avalanche in six games in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
 
The series will begin at HP Pavilion at a date and time yet to be determined. Whenever it does start, the Wings vow to be ready.
 
"It's real better than the challenge of not playing," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said of facing San Jose. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity. Todd will have them really well prepared. We'll be prepared, too."
 
San Jose hasn't played since it eliminated the Avs with a 5-2 win at Colorado last Saturday. It took roughly 72 hours to find out who its opponent was going to be in Round 2.
 
"It's a little funny at practice because we've been doing different systems for different teams," forward Scott Nichol told the Sharks' Web site. "It is nice to know who we are playing."
 
The teams faced each other four times during the 2009-10 regular-season. Detroit won the first three before San Jose salvaged the final meeting with a 3-2 shootout victory at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 11, when Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 50 saves.
 
"They play a similar style to us," Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "We've been facing them a lot in the last few years in the playoffs. It's usually a really good series. It's well-played hockey and it's exciting for the fans. We're going to enjoy this tonight and refocus and regroup tomorrow."
 
Perhaps that's when the teams will find out when Game 1 will take place? While the Red Wings just completed a rigorous seven-game series, it seems the sooner Round 2 begins, the better.
 
"A short turnaround is always nice," Zetterberg said. "We'll get right back at it."
 



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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 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59