Where they stand
Sharks: 7-0-1, 15 pts.,1st Pacific Division, 2nd Western Conference
Ducks: 5-1-1, 11 pts., 2nd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Goals per game: 3.50 (4th)
Goals-against per game: 1.62 (1st)
Power play: 29.6 percent (4th)
Penalty kill: 85.7 percent (6th)
Goals per game: 3.71 (1st)
Goals-against per game: 3.00 (22nd)
Power play: 33.3 percent (3rd)
Penalty kill: 65.4 percent (29th)
Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski
Clowe – Couture – Sheppard
Wingels – Handzus – Havlat
Desjardins – Gomez – Burish
Vlasic – Demers
Stuart – Boyle
Murray – Braun
Winnik- Getzlaf- Perry
Beleskey - Ryan - Selanne
Cogliano - Koivu- Palmieri
Etem - Bonino - Staubitz
Souray - Beauchemin
Allen - Vatanen
Sbisa - Lydman
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Ryane Clowe. The burly winger has yet to pot his first goal, but fired a game-high seven shots on Pekka Rinne on Saturday against the Predators, and clanged a wrist shot off of the post. It was perhaps Clowe’s most effective game of the season, and he’s overdue to score.
Ducks: Teemu Selanne. The ageless wonder and Ducks’ leading scorer from a year ago is once against leading the team in points with nine (3g, 6a), and has four in the last two games. Selanne had some highlight-reel assists on Friday against Minnesota, and continues to play like a man half his age.
Sharks: The Sharks played their third straight shootout game, losing for the first time this season to Nashville, 2-1 on Saturday. Marty Havlat scored the only goal for San Jose in regulation in the third period, and Antti Niemi suffered his first loss with 23 saves on 24 shots. The defeat ended the Sharks’ franchise best 7-0-0 start.
Ducks: Nick Bonino’s hat trick paced the Ducks to a 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday at the Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf, Sheldon Souray, Kyle Palmieri and Teemu Selanne (empty net) also scored, and Jonas Hiller made 30 saves. Anaheim has won three of its last four (3-0-1).
Sharks: Brent Burns (lower body) is on injured reserve.
Ducks: Cam Fowler is out (upper body).
The Sharks won the first meeting at HP Pavilion on Jan. 29, 3-2 in a shootout. San Jose returns to the Honda Center on March 18 and 25, and the season series concludes at HP Pavilion on March 27.
“Teams that do well in the playoffs have very good penalty kills. That’s been a little bit of our Achilles heel the last couple of years, we didn’t get the kills we needed. I like the direction we’re heading.” – Douglas Murray