(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks have used a home-heavy schedule to
get off to another fast start this season.
The lone team left in the NHL without a regulation loss, the Sharks try to
carry their hot play with them on the road Monday night when they kick off a
road trip against the Detroit Red Wings.
Five of San Jose's first eight games this season came at SAP Center, including
a perfect three-game homestand to begin the campaign. After winning six
straight overall to start, the Sharks lost a 4-3 shootout decision in Dallas
on Thursday prior to rebounding with a home win over Calgary Saturday.
Joe Pavelski had a career high-tying four points in the 6-3 victory, scoring a
pair of power-play goals while assisting on two other tallies.
"Just a competitive guy that has real good hockey sense," San Jose head coach
Todd McLellan said about Pavelski.
Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture had a goal and an assist each, while Antti
Niemi needed to make just 16 saves to get the win.
San Jose has won all five of its home games this season and 11 in a row at the
Shark Tank dating back to last season's playoffs. It won't play at home again
this month with trips to Detroit, Boston, Montreal, Ottawa and Los Angeles on
tap before a home game against Phoenix on Nov. 2.
Marleau will try to keep pacing the offense on this trip as he has a point in
all eight of San Jose's games this season. He has also scored in five straight
games, with seven goals and four assists on the season.
Detroit carried a four-game winning streak into Saturday's contest with
Phoenix and got goals from Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi 8:07 into the
contest. However, the next five goals went to the Coyotes in a 5-2 decision,
including one by Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith with just 0.1 seconds left on
Jimmy Howard, who had missed the past three games with a bruised hand, yielded
four goals on 32 shots faced.
"We had the lead and you have to find a way to grind out wins on the road when
you're leading," said Howard.
The Red Wings have struggled to grind out home wins over the Sharks as well.
San Jose has won five of its past six in Detroit and nine of the previous 12
The Sharks went 2-0-1 versus the Red Wings last season.
Datsyuk has four goals and nine points over his last five games, while Henrik
Zetterberg has posted four goals and eight points in his previous four.
Howard is 3-5-3 with a 2.87 goals against average in 11 career games versus
the Sharks, while Niemi is 10-2-2 with a 1.81 GAA and a pair of shutouts in 14
versus the Red Wings.
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