NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings Preview

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NHL Playoffs 2011: San Jose Sharks vs. Detroit Red Wings Preview
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The San Jose Sharks face a familiar foe in the second round of the playoffs, as they draw the rested Detroit Red Wings. Although the Sharks put the Red Wings down a year ago in the postseason, this is a new year and a new team.

Having swept the Phoenix Coyotes, Detroit figures to be well rested and welcoming back Henrik Zetterberg returning from a leg injury. How much rest-versus-rust factor there will be to this series remains to be seen, but the Red Wings are far healthier than a year ago.

In this fifth postseason showdown between the two clubs, the Sharks will need to answer many of their lingering questions in order to advance past the Red Wings.

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