When the Detroit Red WIngs were in the midst of a 6-game skid in October, the San Jose Sharks (9-5-1) were working on a five-game winning streak.
One of those five wins came on Oct. 28 in Detroit (9-6-1) with a 4-2 win over the reeling Red Wings.
Since Oct. 28, Detroit has played .500 hockey with a 4-4 record. Tuesday night's 2-1 loss in St. Louis showcased an uncharachteristically shot-shy Detroit team. The Red Wings posted just 22 shots against Blues goalie Brian Elliott.
The Sharks have gone 4-3 since the meeting with Detroit in October. This will be the second of four scheduled meetings the teams have with each other this season.
The Wings don't win at the Shark Tank, which has cost them longer playoff stints.
The Wings will be without forward Todd Bertuzzi as he is on injured reserve with a sinus infection. Defenseman Ian White also will remain out of Detroit's lineup. White was hit in the face with a puck a couple games back and suffered a broken cheekbone.
Brendan Smith was called up from Grand Rapids to fill in for White, but Smith is serving a five-game suspension for a hit he made on Chicago's Ben Smith during an exhibition game.
Forward Drew Miller has three points in the past three games.
For the Sharks, Patirck Marleau is as hot as ever with five points in the past three games he has played. Defenseman Dan Boyle is enjoying a seven-game points streak.
Game time is 10:30 ET.
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