First San Jose Sharks game of 2024 is at home against the Detroit Red Wings

Dec 7, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen (36) looks on during the
Dec 7, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen (36) looks on during the / Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks will be hoping to turn the tide of the season in the new year. After losing their final eight games in a row to close out 2023, and still being winless in their last nine games, the Sharks are going to get a chance to rectify that against the last team that they were able to defeat on the road. It'll be the opponent from the crazy game that saw the Sharks comeback from four goals down to win in overtime, the Detroit Red Wings.

The important news to know tonight is that Mario Ferraro was listed as day to day, and is a game-time decision to return to the lineup tonight. As the Sharks best defenseman is questioned, there will continue to be chatter regarding his future in the Bay Area. A lot of teams will want him, and the Sharks are known to be open for business. Perhaps the trade rumors around him come to fruition sooner rather than later.

Ty Emberson will return to the lineup tonight. He's missed the last little while with an injury. After he was claimed on waivers from the New York Rangers, Emberson has been an incredibly servicable defenseman. The former Arizona Coyotes draft pick has been solid on a blueline that has perhaps lacked that. Getting him back in the fold will be big for the men in teal tonight.

Projected Lineups

Detroit Red Wings

David Perron - Dylan Larkin - Lucas Raymond
Alex DeBrincat - JT Compher - Patrick Kane
Michael Rasmussen - Andrew Copp - Christian Fischer
Robby Fabbri - Joe Veleno - Daniel Sprong
Jake Walman - Moritz Seider
Ben Chiarot - Jeff Petry
Olli Maatta - Shayne Gostisbehere
Alex Lyon
James Reimer

San Jose Sharks

William Eklund - Tomas Hertl - Anthony Duclair
Mike Hoffman - Mikael Granlund - Fabian Zetterlund
Alexander Barabanov - Jack Studnicka - Luke Kunin
Justin Bailey - Ryan Carpenter - Filip Zadina
Mario Ferraro - Ty Emberson
Henry Thrun - Calen Addison
Nikita Okhotyuk - Jan Rutta
Kaapo Kahkonen
Mackenzie Blackwood

Puck Drop

This will be a 7 p.m puckdrop as the recently offensively challenged Sharks will try to breach a leaky Detroit Red Wings defense. With not a lot of production over the last few games, this has the potential to be a particularly ugly game if the Sharks are not able to keep up with the firepower the Red Wings have. Will San Jose snap their skid, or will the losing streak get to nine?