Toronto Sports Media Game of the Night

College of Sports Media Game of the Night:

It’s a battle of the last two President Cup winners in Motown tonight as the San Jose Sharks take on the Detroit Red Wings. San Jose comes into this one on fire. They’re looking for a sweep on their three day road trip and have won six in a row. One of the reasons for the Sharks’ success is the play of their goaltender Evgeni Nabakov. Nabakov was the NHL’s third star last week, posting a 3-0 record to go along with a 0.97 goals against average. They’ve also been getting some pretty good play up front. In his last nine games former captain Patrick Marleau has six goals and ten assists. The Red Wings have been good, but not great. Injuries continue to plague the team and goaltending has been somewhat of an issue. Top defensemen Brian Rafalski and Jonathan Ericsson are battling the flu and are day-to-day, while forwards Valtteri Filipulla and Johan Franzen are on the injured reserve. Starting goaltender Chris Osgood has been decent this year. He’s been especially good as of late. Osgood has only allowed one goal in two games and on Tuesday night he earned his 50th shut out blanking the Boston Bruins. This season he’s started ten games and has a 5-2-2 record with .902 save percentage. The question for Detroit is what happens when Osgood is off his game or needs a rest. Back up Jimmy Howard has been average at best. In five starts he’s 1-2-1 with a 3.42 goals against average.

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November 5, 2009 6:55 pm

Osgood has never been a great goalie. His numbers in Detroit are inflated by the talent standing in front of him. He is to the Red Wings what Trent Dilfer was to the superbowl winning Ravens. All he has to do is keep it simple and try not to screw up too badly and the rest of the team will take care of the winning part.

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