Hockey Betting Preview: Sharks at Red Wings

By: Joe Freda | Sunday, December 5, 2010
Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk has eight goals and 21 assists so far for the Red Wings.

The San Jose Sharks are 3-6 in their last nine games, with the ‘over' going 6-3. Todd McLellan's team plays the third contest of a five-game road trip in Monday's matchup against the Detroit Red Wings, who return home after going 2-1 in three West Coast clashes.

San Jose logged no penalties in Saturday's 3-1 defeat as a 120 road dog against the Montreal Canadiens. The Sharks went 0-for-2 in their power play chances, while outshooting Montreal, 27-19.

Sharks right wing Benn Ferriero notched his squad's sole goal at 13:04 of the first period. The Boston native extended his streak of games with at least one point to four.

Ferriero was assisted by centerman Logan Couture, who finished with four shots on goal. Couture took a team-high 14 faceoffs, winning six draws.

Sharks netminder Antti Niemi logged a season-low 16 saves. The Finland native dropped to 4-7 in his 11 outings, with a 3.46 GAA.

The battle's combined four goals ducked below the ‘total' of 5 ½, improving the ‘under' to 2-0 in San Jose's last two games.

The Sharks' defeat dropped Couture and Co. to 5-7 in their first 12 road games, with the ‘total' moving to an even 6-6. San Jose has scored on 22.7 percent of its power plays in that stretch.

Detroit saw a four-game winning streak end with Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss as a 117 road dog against the Los Angeles Kings. Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood allowed a 33-foot wristshot to connect from the Kings' Anze Kopitar at 4:04 of the extra stanza, clinching defeat for Detroit.

Osgood stopped 22-of-25 shots, leading Detroit's defense in killing 2-of-2 shorthanded stints. The 38-year-old veteran made his first start in over a month, following recovery from a groin injury.

Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson and Todd Bertuzzi each poked one goal, uniting for four of the Red Wings' 29 shots on net. Ericsson notched a point for a second straight game, while Bertuzzi logged his fifth point in Detroit's last seven contests.

The tight affair's combined five goals dipped below the ‘total' of 5 ½ by a ‘hook,' bringing the ‘under' to 3-2 in the Red Wings' last five games. Detroit went 0-for-2 on its power play chances, while being outdrawn in faceoffs, 40-22.

The Red Wings are 10-1-2 in their first 13 home dates, with the ‘over' also cashing at 10-3. Mike Babcock's crew has averaged 36.1 SOG per game in that span, connecting at 11.7 percent.

San Jose is 5-2 in its last seven matchups against the Red Wings, with the ‘over' also going 5-2. The Sharks' five victories in that stretch have all come by one goal, including four that ousted Detroit from last year's postseason.

The Red Wings won this past Tuesday's duel between the rivals, 5-3, as 105 road dogs. Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg finished with two goals and two assists, logging a team-high seven shots on goal. Sharks backup goalie Antero Niittymaki stopped 24-of-29 shots, allowing Detroit to score on 1-of-4 power plays.

Monday's rematch gets underway at 4:30 p.m. (PT), with Versus providing the national television coverage.

Both squads will have one day off, resuming action as part of Wednesday's league slate. San Jose continues its road journey against the Philadelphia Flyers, while Detroit remains home to face the Nashville Predators.

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