By Dave Hart
Red Wings 3, Sharks 0 – The Red Wings blanked the defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
The Red Wings are now 4-2 on the season, good for eight points and a second-place tie in both the Atlantic Division and Western Conference standings.
The game was scoreless after the first period.
Andreas Athanasiou closed out the scoring for the Red Wings with a goal 6:05 into the third period.
The Red Wings will remain home and host the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Record: 4-2-0 8 pts
Tied for 2nd Place in Atlantic Division (1 pt behind Montreal Canadiens)
Tied for 2nd Place in Eastern Conference (1 pt behind Montreal Canadiens)
2 points ahead of Boston Bruins for final playoff spot
Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 153 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 156 pts
Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 156 pts
Next Game: 10/25/2016 vs Carolina Hurricanes 7:30 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena
Stats: Goals- Gustav Nyquist 2 (3), Andreas Athanasiou (1). Assists- Jonathan Ericsson (2), Ryan Sproul (2), Thomas Vanek (4). Goalie- Jimmy Howard W (2-0-0) 30 saves on 30 shots 1st shutout.