Stellar Sharks visit defending champs

San Jose (25-3-3) at Detroit (20-6-4), 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) — The San Jose Sharks may have been caught
looking ahead. That won’t happen in this one.

Off to one of the best starts in NHL history, the Sharks will
take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on

San Jose unleashed 48 shots Wednesday, but Devin Setoguchi
scored the lone goal as the Sharks fell to the Columbus Blue
Jackets, 2-1, in overtime. San Jose has not lost in regulation
since November 9, which was the first of its only back-to-back

The Sharks will try to avoid consecutive losses in this one
against the league’s best team of the past dozen seasons. Last
season, the Red Wings won their fourth Stanley Cup since 1997.

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Detroit, which is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Colorado
Avalanche on Monday, still owns the second-best record in the
Western Conference behind San Jose.

The Sharks’ incredible start, collecting 53 out of a possible 62
points, has taken a lot of attention away from the Red Wings.

Teams would be foolish to overlook Detroit, which possesses the
league’s best power play at 28 percent. Marian Hossa has added
another offensive weapon to an already explosive unit, leading
the team with 16 goals and 31 points.