Posted October 27, 2011 on AP on Fox
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The Detroit Red Wings haven't looked very sharp in back-to-back losses on the road. Having goaltender Jimmy Howard available with the surging San Jose Sharks coming to town Friday night may provide the stabilizing force they need to get back on track. Detroit plays seven of its next eight at home, and Howard is back with the team after missing the last two games due to the birth of his son. In his absence, the Red Wings (5-2-0) were outscored 11-2 in losses to Washington on Saturday and previously winless Columbus on Tuesday. Coach Mike Babcock plans to change some of his line combinations in preparation for San Jose, though he kept his top forward unit of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Danny Cleary intact in practice Wednesday. The trio has three goals and six assists. "We're not scoring. That's been the problem these last two games," Zetterberg told the team's official website. "We haven't been able to score goals. We've been in games, creating chances, but we can't put...
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