The Sharks are looking to rebound from Saturday's ugly loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets with a win in a Sunday matinee against the Red Wings in Detroit.
San Jose followed up a dominant 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday by falling 4-0 on Saturday. San Jose lost All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Marcus Sorensen during the game due to injury, and goaltender Martin Jones was pulled in the third period after giving up the fourth goal. None of them will play on Sunday, with Tim Heed, Lukas Radil and Aaron Dell, respectively, taking their places.
The Sharks currently have 80 points in the standings, still three points behind the Calgary Flames for first place in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.
The Red Wings, on the other hand, are currently sitting 17 points out of a Wild Card spot in the East. They are 3-5-2 in their last 10 contests. and are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Sunday marks the first of two contests this season between the Sharks and Red Wings. In 92 total meetings between the franchises, San Jose holds a 33-49-4-6 record.
Sharks projected lines and pairs:
Timo Meier – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Evander Kane – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Lukas Radil – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Barclay Goodrow – Micheal Haley – Melker Karlsson
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Tim Heed
Aaron Dell – projected starter
Red Wings projected lines and pairs:
Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Gustav Nyquist
Andreas Athanasiou – Frans Nielsen - Anthony Mantha
Filip Zadina – Luke Glendening – Thomas Vanek
Justin Abdelkader – Michael Rasmussen – Darren Helm
Niklas Kronwall – Mike Green
Dan Dekeyser – Filip Hronek
Trevor Daley – Jonathan Ericsson
Jonathan Bernier – projected starter