NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
San Jose 0 2 0 0 2
Detroit 0 2 0 1 3
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 24, 2023
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Red Wings, Sharks meet, both in search of answers

San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings

  1. Detroit has taken points in six straight meetings with San Jose dating back to March 2019, including wins by multiple goals in three of the last four meetings. The Red Wings came away with a 7-4 win in San Jose on November 17, setting a season high for goals that has been matched twice since.
  2. San Jose has allowed at least four goals in 10 of its last 11 losses, including Sunday's 4-0 defeat in Boston. The Sharks are allowing 3.9 goals per game this month, third most in the NHL behind the Ducks and Canucks (4.5 each).
  3. Timo Meier scored his 150th career goal in Saturday's loss, becoming the ninth player in franchise history to score 150 goals. Meier has a team-high 27 goals this season despite posting a minus-14 rating; he ranks second in goals among all skaters with a negative rating behind Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele (29 goals, -1 rating).
  4. Four of the Red Wings' last five games have been decided by one goal, with the Wings coming away victorious in just one of those (1-2-1). Overall, Detroit is 5-5-8 (.500) in one-goal games this season, tied for second worst in the NHL; only San Jose (5-6-9, .475) is worse.
  5. Lucas Raymond scored Detroit's lone goal on Saturday, his second in as many games and seventh in 11 games dating back to New Year's Eve. Raymond has 15 goals this season, second-most among skaters aged 20 or younger behind Matty Beniers (17).
  6. David Perron had three points in the first meeting with San Jose and has 17 points (3g, 14a) in 12 games against the Sharks dating back to January 2021 -- his teams have gone 9-1-2 in that span. Perron's 40 career points (14g, 26a) against San Jose are tied with Jamie Benn for third most among active skaters behind Anze Kopitar (68) and Corey Perry (52).

The Detroit Red Wings are in danger of losing any realistic hope they can make a playoff run as the All-Star break approaches and will look to start a much-needed hot streak at home against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

The Wings have gone 1-3-1 since Jan. 14 and 3-6-1 since Jan. 4, with a damaging 2-1 home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

"We certainly feel we played good enough to win," said Red Wings team captain Dylan Larkin, who is a point away from 400 in his career. "The effort level is not the issue. It's just when we are on our game, we have to capitalize, we have to make teams pay. We're up 3-1 in Arizona and we don't put it away (in a 4-3 shootout loss).

"We had chances, we just don't put it away. We need to start. That's the maturing and growing as a team. We need to find ways to put teams away."

Once one of the undisputed powerhouses in the NHL, the Red Wings haven't made the playoffs the past six seasons. They've shown gradual improvement since they hired Steve Yzerman as their general manager but still can't match the talent of some of the league's elite clubs.

"We put three pretty good periods together (Saturday), and we've put a ton of good hockey together (recently)," first-year coach Derek Lalonde said. "Our outcomes are up and down."

Against the Flyers, the Red Wings were engaged in a scoreless battle until they surrendered two third-period goals. Lucas Raymond prevented a shutout in the final minute and nearly scored again in the closing seconds but Flyers goalie Carter Hart made a pad save.

"How did that puck not go in?" Lalonde said. "Not only did he get a pad on it -- he flexed his pad to keep it out. That was pretty impressive by the Hart kid."

Detroit plays twice before the All-Star break in road games against the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders.

The Red Wings produced plenty of offense in their first meeting this season with the Sharks on Nov. 17. Detroit notched a 7-4 victory as seven different players scored. David Perron led the way with a goal and two assists.

The Sharks enter Tuesday's game seeking their first win in three chances at the start of an eight-game road stretch. They lost at Columbus 5-3 on Saturday and at Boston 4-0 on Sunday. Boston has defeated San Jose 11 consecutive times.

"No mystery why they have the record they have," Sharks coach David Quinn said of the Bruins. "Obviously, I didn't think we were on our game in a lot of areas."

San Jose managed just 18 shots on goal and committed four penalties.

"We didn't have a lot of energy," Quinn said.

The Sharks have lost 13 of their last 17 games, dropping four of those contests in overtime or shootouts. They travel to Carolina and Pittsburgh before the break, then resume the trip early next month with stops at Tampa Bay, Florida and Washington.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 23, 2023

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