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Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:48 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:51 pm

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Sharks will win if: They don't let the ghosts of playoffs past get to them. That might be easier said than done, particularly against an intimidating opponent like Detroit. A big series from goalie Evgeni Nabokov wouldn't hurt, but even beter would be finding a way to get the big line of Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley on track. They were dominant during the regular season, but combined for one goal against Colorado and were all minus players.

The Red Wings will win if: If they keep doing what they have been for the last two months, which is dictate the pace and flow of their games. The Red Wings have been nearly unbeatable since the Olympic break, and they came into the playoffs healthy and better rested than in years past. It is a cliché to say a team's best players have to be their best players at this time of year. Detroit's tend to be exactly that, and judging by the way things went against Phoenix, they should be the same against San Jose. Sharks player might take note.


How They Got Here

San Jose: Defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 51-20-11 record for 113 points (1st, Pacific Division)

Detroit: Defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 44-24-14 record for 102 points (2nd, Central Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket


Date Location Time
April 29 at San Jose 9 p.m.
May 2 at San Jose 8 p.m.
May 4 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
May 6 at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
May 8 at San Jose * 10:30 p.m.
May 10 at Detroit * 7:30 p.m.
May 12 at San Jose * TBA
* if necessary


Season Series
Detroit wins, 3-1
Date Result
Nov. 5 Detroit 2, San Jose 1 (SO) Recap
Jan. 9 Detroit 4, San Jose 1 Recap
Feb. 2 Detroit 4, San Jose 2 Recap
Feb. 11 San Jose 3, Detroit 2 (SO) Recap


Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic SJ DET
Goals For (Avg.) 3.17 3.71
Goals Against (Avg.) 1.83 2.57
Power Play 19.2% 23.5%
Penalty Kill 86.7% 81.8%


Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2010 9:36 am

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

Yes the Sharks will be rested; they got 4 days off between games. Detroit plays a 7 game series and then starts the next round 2 days later? Chicago will have 6 days off between the first and second round and Vancouver will have 7. I'm not saying the NHL is "against" Detroit, but at least give teams a couple days off between series.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2010 8:27 pm

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

I disagree the only time the sharks lost is when the sharks beat themselves. Literally scoing in their own net. The Avs werent even a warm up and the Sharks should be fresh and rested from the first round.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2010 7:13 pm

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

Sure,...but the Redwings are a skilled, well coached group of veterans who have been there time and time again. They know how to get the job done, and have no fear of the Sharks.

The Avalanche are young, and were playing on adrenaline. They will be Champions in a few years, but they are no Redwing team. 

Sorry, but I feel from a totally objective point of view, it looks like another Shark early exit.



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2010 1:22 pm

this is the best analysis we could get?

one guys take on how the teams got here and "they will win if..."? cbs, get your act together. there is a reason why you are a 2nd tier sports page and why people go to the "big network" to get their sports news. put more than one guy covering the best tournament in sports.
give me some matchups to watch, or players who could surprise or something...don't give me game recaps from february 11th, when both teams are very different from what they were at that point. also i don't need a stats comparison from just round 1!!!! give me year long stats if you are going to do that, not just 1 round!

pi$$ poor coverage should be ashamed of yourself.

on that note, wings in 6.

go wings.

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2010 12:49 pm

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

I honestly don't know what you guys are thinking. San Jose is a very good team which is why they are the #1 seed. I really cannot see this series only going 5 games with both of these teams being very good. I think it will be another 7 game series with the Red Wings comingout on top.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 12:23 pm

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

This series is all about motivation.  Who wants to move on to the next round?  Clearly, the Thornton line was not motivated during the last round, but the supporting cast (more specifically Pavelski), saved their bacon.  If Zetterberg pesters big Joe again like he did before, then Detroit has the edge.  Thornton needs to focus on his offence, not on creaming Hank into the boards or spending time in the box.  The Wings are very frustrating to play against.  As long as San Jose plays their game (a lot like Detroit's), this should be a very close series.  Stuart and Lilja need to keep their mistakes down against the Sharks forecheckers, too.  The Detroit defence was a bit of a concern during the past few weeks, but I was actually impressed with the Wings stopping the Coyotes and I think the team is as well.  It's now or never for San Jose and I believe Nabokov and his mates will play their best hockey... because they have to show they can handle the pressure.  So for that reason and a few others, I think (but do not hope) the Sharks will come out on top in six games. 

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:02 am

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

Toy around with? Phx is a good team and pushed the wings to the limit. You must not have watched the games..........

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 3:47 am

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

I wonder if Detroit is gonna toy around with them like they did with the Phoenix. The Wings should take this in 5, 6 at most. I'd be really suprised if it takes them 7 games to eliminate the Sharks.

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 2:46 am

Preview: No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 5 Detroit

The Red Wings might have looked incredible against the Coyotes in game seven in Phoenix, but they sure looked like crap in game six at home when they had a chance to put the Coyotes away. 

San Jose chokes, yeah, history is on your side with that statement.  However, coming back from being down in their series 2-1, after scoring the winning goal for the other team, winning in OT twice, and finishing off Anderson, arguably the hottest goalie in the first round, in game six (where the Sharks are like 2- 13), bodes well for the men in black and teal.

Personally, I think Thorton, Marleau, and Heatly will tear it up in the next round.  My hunch is Sharks in 5 or 6.

Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2010 10:36 pm
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