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by Paul on 10/20/13 at 06:25 PM ET
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
"Detroit has 29 rivals and they have a very deep, loyal following around the country," said Sharks Coach Todd McLellan, who was an assistant for the Red Wings before coming to San Jose in June 2008. "I don't know if they get too wound up against any individual team."
McLellan's hiring definitely improved San Jose's fortunes against the Red Wings.
Before his arrival, the Sharks were 16-40-3 against Detroit with four ties; since the 2008-09 season, San Jose has held an 11-6-2 edge. In the playoffs, the Sharks have won both series between the teams since McLellan switched benches.
"San Jose has done a pretty good job since Todd got here of neutralizing Detroit's strengths," said defenseman Brad Stuart, who also knows the rivalry from both sides.
Stuart, 33, started his career with the Sharks and later spent four-plus seasons in Detroit before returning to San Jose in June 2012. Looking back, he said, Red Wing players did get up for games against the Sharks.
"And," he added, "you knew that San Jose ramped it up a level as well playing against Detroit."
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