DETROIT — The San Jose Sharks have won nine of the last 11 meetings against Detroit, with six of those wins coming in the playoffs.
“It’s not something we’re worried about,” Wings defenseman Brad Stuart said. “They have played well against us, no doubt. They seem to get up for us. We need to use that as maybe a bit of a wake-up call for ourselves to get better. Enough’s enough. The time is now. You don’t want to go down 3-0.”
The Wings also came home last year down 2-0 to San Jose and proceeded to lose Game 3 in overtime after being up a goal in the third period.
“You’ve got to have the killer instinct in the game,” Stuart said. “That was pretty tough to overcome (last year). If you’ve got the team where you want them, make sure you take care of it.”
“You have to play with confidence,” Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. “You can’t be uptight. You have to make plays when they’re there or get the puck in deep. You’ve got to work hard.”
The Wings are 5-15 all-time when losing the first two games of a best-of-seven series.
“You’ve just got to win the next game and you go from there,” Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei said.
The last time they came back from a 0-2 hole was against Vancouver in the first round in 2002.
Detroit has lost six of the past seven series it has trailed 0-2, including last year against San Jose and 2003 against Anaheim.
“They beat us 4-1 last year and they’re up 2-0 this year so by my math that’s 6-1,” Babcock said. “The bottom line is we’ve got to win a game. We have to win the next game. They’ve been better than us. If we want to keep playing we’ve got to be better than them.”