The Detroit Red Wings will look to get back in the win column tonight against the San Jose Sharks, who come to town. The Sharks are a team that has been struggling for most of the season, while the Red Wings have made strides from last season. With the Sharks tanking and the Red Wings crawling to fight for the shot at a playoff spot, both teams should bring on an interesting matchup.
This will be the second meeting between the Red Wings and Sharks this season. The first meeting back in November featured 11 goals and a combined 26 giveaways. The Red Wings won 7-4 with three goals in the final six minutes. The Sharks offense has stepped up and is scoring 3.00 goals per game. Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, and Logan Couture have scored 57 goals and 68 assists to lead the top two lines. The Red Wings despite their offseason acquisitions, rank in the bottom echelon of the league in offense and defense. They are a younger team that still needs to develop their high end young group of talent.
Players To Watch
For the Red Wings, Dylan Larkin is the player to watch. He leads the Red Wings with 41 points this season and doesn’t show signs of slowing down. The Michigan native and captain could reach a career milestone tonight of 400 points if he scores tonight.
For the Sharks, Erik Karlsson is the player to watch. Karlsson continues to be the lead defenseman in scoring and has had a scoring renaissance at the age of 32. This season he has 62 points, which is the first time he has scored that many since the 2017-18 season. At this rate he is on pace for 105 points, which would be the first time any defenseman has scored over 100 points since Brian Leetch in the 1991-92 season.
Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook
Spread- San Jose Sharks +1.5 (-195) / Detroit Red Wings -1.5 (+165)
Moneyline- San Jose Sharks +125 / Detroit Red Wings -145
Total- 6.5 – Over (-115) / Under (-105)