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Wings, Sharks renew playoff rivalry

For the fifth time, Wings and Sharks will meet in postseason

Wednesday, 04.27.2011 / 2:01 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Wings, Sharks renew playoff rivalry
DETROIT -- The postseason deja vu continues for the Red Wings who learned early Wednesday morning that they will face the San Jose Sharks in the upcoming Western Conference semifinals in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Sharks eliminated the Wings last May in the conference semis, doing so in five games.

For the second straight round, the Wings will follow the same playoff script as last year when they opened the postseason against Phoenix. Last year, they knocked off the Coyotes in seven games. This time, Detroit managed to sweep the Coyotes with four consecutive wins, setting up a lengthy rest period before heading off to San Jose, where Games 1 and 2 will take place this weekend.

This series will mark the fifth time that these two franchises will meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Prior to last year, the Wings had defeated the Sharks the last two times they faced in the conference semifinals, beating them in four straight in 1995 and in six games in 2007.

The Sharks' first-ever playoff series win came in their first-ever playoff series in 1994. Pitted against the highly favored Red Wings, the underdog Sharks pulled out a 3-2 win in Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena.

This season, the Red Wings finished with a 1-3-0 record against the Sharks, who out-scored Detroit, 15-11, in four games. The Wings' win came back in November when Patrick Eaves scored the game-winner with 11-seconds remaining in the second period and Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.

Here is how the Wings fared against the Sharks in the regular-season:

Nov. 30, 2010 at HP Pavilion
Red Wings 5, Sharks 3

Dec. 6, 2010 at Joe Louis Arena
Sharks 5, Red Wings 2

Feb. 22, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena
Sharks 4, Red Wings 3

March 3, 2011 at HP Pavilion
Sharks 3, Red WIngs 1

SWEPT AWAY: Since 1967, the Red Wings are 2-2 in playoff series that immediately followed Round 1 sweeps.

In their two Round 2 series wins, the Red Wings defeated Toronto (in 1987) and Anaheim (2009), but were pushed to seven games in both cases.

Detroit started out well in 1999 and 2000 with opening round sweeps of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Kings, but didn't do well enough in Round 2 series losses to Colorado both years.

Since the NHL's expansion in 1967, here's a look at the Wings' record in the best-of-seven Round 2 on a game-by-game basis:

Round 2 Appearances (1967-2010)

Game 1 – 9-7
Game 2 – 12-4
Game 3 – 6-10
Game 4 – 10-6
Game 5 – 5-8
Game 6 – 5-3
Game 7 – 3-1

Here is a complete schedule of the Red Wings-Sharks series. A complete broadcast schedule will be released shortly.

Game                 Date                                Time                      Venue        
Game 1                Friday, April 29                  10 P.M.                  HP Pavilion                  
Game 2                Sunday, May 1                     3 P.M.                  HP Pavilion                  
Game 3                Wednesday, May 4              8 P.M.                  Joe Louis Arena
Game 4                Friday, May 6                       7 P.M.                  Joe Louis Arena
Game 5*              Sunday, May 8                      8 P.M.                  HP Pavilion
Game 6*              Tuesday, May 10                     TBD                  Joe Louis Arena
Game 7*              Thursday, May 12                    TBD                  HP Pavilion

* IF NECESSARY


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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