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San Jose (25-3-3) at Detroit (20-6-4), 7:30 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks may have been caught

looking ahead. That won't happen in this one.

Off to one of the best starts in NHL history, the Sharks will

take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on

Thursday.

San Jose unleashed 48 shots Wednesday, but Devin Setoguchi

scored the lone goal as the Sharks fell to the Columbus Blue

Jackets, 2-1, in overtime. San Jose has not lost in regulation

since November 9, which was the first of its only back-to-back

losses.

The Sharks will try to avoid consecutive losses in this one

against the league's best team of the past dozen seasons. Last

season, the Red Wings won their fourth Stanley Cup since 1997.

Detroit, which is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Colorado

Avalanche on Monday, still owns the second-best record in the

Western Conference behind San Jose.

The Sharks' incredible start, collecting 53 out of a possible 62

points, has taken a lot of attention away from the Red Wings.

Teams would be foolish to overlook Detroit, which possesses the

league's best power play at 28 percent. Marian Hossa has added

another offensive weapon to an already explosive unit, leading

the team with 16 goals and 31 points.

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