San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng writes that the San Jose Sharks suddenly, unexpectedly, are biting opponents. That’s not the best of news for the Detroit Red Wings who play them Thursday.
“Who could’ve saw this coming?,” Peng wrote after an improbable San Jose comeback to beat the New York Islanders 5-4 in overtime Tuesday.
Tomas Hertl scored three goals for the Sharks who erased a three-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation. William Eklund scored the game-winner. The Sharks drafted Eklund with the seventh pick in 2021 draft, one pick after the Red Wings took Simon Edvinsson.
Peng points out that coming into their current six-game road trip, the San Jose Sharks were 0-10-0 away from home. They had scored just six goals in those 10 defeats. They hadn’t come back from a third period deficit to win a game this season.
Then on Friday, the Sharks earned their first road win by taking down the New Jersey Devils 6-3. On Sunday, San Jose mounted a furious comeback before falling 6-5 to the Rangers.
Now after beating the Islanders, they have scored 16 goals in their last three road games. The Sharks are also 4-2 in their last six games overall.
WILLIAM EKLUND WINS IT IN OT 😱 pic.twitter.com/jtMSRFogT8
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) December 6, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It:
- Captain Dylan Larkin contributes as a goal scorer and a leader in Detroit’s 5-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres.
- Red Wings prospect Nate Danielson is playing impressively in the Western Hockey League.
- The Detroit Red Wings power play is hot again. Bob Duff has all of the details.
- Behind the paywall: Tim Robinson writes about Amadeus Lombardi‘s adjustment to the AHL.
Red Wings Next Games
Detroit’s next two games are ranked 31st (San Jose Sharks on Thursday) and 28th (Ottawa Senators on Saturday) in the NHL overall standings. That’s somewhat misleading because the Sharks are playing better (5-4-1 in their last 10) and the Senators (6-4 in their last 10) own a +5 goal-differential. The Red Wings lost to the Senators 5-4 in overtime on Nov. 16.
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Boston: Jimmy Murphy asks whether making a pitch to acquire Patrick Maroon make any sense for the Boston Bruins.
Calgary: The Calgary Flames announced that Jacob Markstrom suffered a broken finger and will be out of the lineup for an extended period. That’s a week to week type of injury. Dustin Wolf was recalled.
Chicago: Veteran Nick Foligno on young Chicago Blackhawks forward Lukas Reichel: “We know he’s a great player.”
Nashville: General manager Barry Trotz ripped into defenseman Tyson Barrie for leaking information about the possibility of moving him. The Predators have given Barrie’s agent the right to try to work out a deal with another team. Nashville Predators.
Vegas: Chris Gawlik takes an interesting look at whether the Vegas Golden Knights ran into hot goalies or were simply playing poorly in their recent struggles.