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Monday, October 21st (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (7-0-1) at Detroit Red Wings (6-3-0), 7:30 p.m.

(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 the clock.

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 meetings overall.

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.

10/21 10:26:30 ET

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Schedule

Monday, April 21Full Scoreboard
Pittsburgh 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Columbus NBCSN, CBC, ROOT, FSN-OH
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Series tied, 1-1.
Colorado 4/21 7:00 PM ET
Minnesota TSN, NHL Net, Altitude
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Colorado leads series, 2-0.
St. Louis 4/21 8:30 PM ET
Chicago CNBC, CBC, FSN-MW, CSN
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. St. Louis leads series, 2-0.
Anaheim 4/21 9:30 PM ET
Dallas NBCSN, TSN, RDS
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Anaheim leads series, 2-0.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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