150326 – pregame Sharks @ Red Wings 4:30pm

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So, the Sharks have about 1% chance of making the playoffs (they’ll have to run the tables AND have help from other teams).  Low, low, probability.  Team is not just “playing out the string” as some have jobs/new contracts to play for (either with the Sharks or their next team).  But the team will have to find the motivation to play for something other than making the post season.

And there’s the possibility of the Sharks being able to upset the Kings’ playoff hopes in the last game of the season.

Sharks are coming off a loss that all but put the final nail in their coffin for NHL playoffs hopes. Meanwhile, the Red Wings are still in the playoff chase for their twenty-third straight season, but lost to the cellar-dwelling Arizona Coyotes in OT.

Sharks have Torres (LTIR) and Brown (IR) on the shelf. While Brown hoped to be able to get back in the lineup on this road tripo, the Sharks might just shut him down for the season, with playoff hopes so low.

Wings have their own list of walking wounded. Cole, Franzen are out. Datsyuk, Kronwall may return from lower body injury. (Update: Datsyuk not taking line rushes, so still out)

Howard starting for Wings. Niemi for the Sharks.

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