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Where they stand
Sharks: 10-10-4, 24 points, 5th Pacific Division
Ducks: 14-5-5, 33 points, 2nd Pacific Division
Sharks: The Sharks lost their fourth straight game (0-2-2) on Wednesday night, 2-0 at home to the Calgary Flames. Jiri Hudler scored both goals, including an empty-netter, to give the Sharks their sixth loss in eight home games (2-4-2). Antti Niemi took the loss with 17 saves on 18 shots, while Karri Ramo secured the shutout with 32 saves. The Sharks are 0-1-2 on a six-game homestand that continues on Tuesday with Philadelphia and Thursday vs. Boston.
Ducks: Anaheim had a three-game winning streak snapped at home on Friday afternoon, 4-1 to Chicago. Hampus Lindholm scored the Ducks’ only goal, and Frederik Andersen took the loss in net, allowing three goals on 37 shots. Shorthanded on the blue line due to multiple injuries, Lindholm (29:25) and Sami Vatanen (27:00) established new career-highs in ice time. Just like the Sharks, the Ducks face Boston and Philadelphia at home in their next two games.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tye McGinn. The big forward could get a look on Joe Thornton’s line by the look of the morning skate, with Joe Pavelski on the other wing. The 24-year-old has recently skated in a top six role, and is still looking for his first goal of the season in 14 games. Acquired from Philadelphia over the summer for a third round pick, McGinn has two assists on the season but is scoreless in his last 11 games while playing mostly on the fourth line.
Ducks: Ryan Kesler. The Ducks’ big offseason acquisition has thrived with his new team, posting 18 points (6g, 12a) in 24 games, including 10 points (3g, 7a) in his last 10. The second line center is also 15th in the NHL with a 55.7 percent faceoff win percentage. Kesler hasn’t done a whole lot in his career against the Sharks, though, with just four goals and 13 points in 30 games with a -9 rating.
Goals per game: 2.50 (19th)
Goals-against per game: 2.58 (13th)
Power play: 22.7 percent (5th)
Penalty kill: 81.7 percent (15th)
Goals per game: 2.54 (18th)
Goals-against per game: 2.38 (8th)
Power play: 18.7 percent (16th)
Penalty kill: 85.7 percent (7th)
Tye McGinn – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Barclay Goodrow – Patrick Marleau – Tommy Wingels
Tomas Hertl – James Sheppard – Matt Nieto
John Scott – Andrew Desjardins – Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Brent Burns
Matt Irwin – Scott Hannan
Antti Niemi (confirmed starter)
Matt Beleskey – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon – Ryan Kesler – Kyle Palmieri
Andrew Cogliano – Nate Thompson – Jakob Silfverberg
Rene Bourque – Devante Smith-Pelly – Tim Jackman
Cam Fowler – Josh Manson
Hampus Lindholm – Mat Clark
Eric Brewer – Sami Vatanen
Frederik Andersen (confirmed starter)
Sharks: Mike Brown (broken finger) and Logan Couture (undisclosed) are questionable. Raffi Torres (right knee) and Troy Grosenick (upper body) are out.
[RELATED: Couture questionable to play vs. Ducks]
Ducks: Sheldon Souray (right wrist), Ben Lovejoy (fractured finger), John Gibson (groin), and Francois Beauchemin (fractured finger) are out. Mark Fistric (lower back), Dany Heatley (groin) and Clayton Stoner (mumps) are day-to-day.
The Sharks won the first game of the season series, 4-1 at Honda Center on Oct. 26, in a game that featured a combined 165 penalty minutes. The Sharks had four different goal-scorers in the game, and Antti Niemi made 33 saves.
The Sharks visit Honda Center twice in late December, on the 22nd and 31st. The series concludes early, on Jan. 29 at SAP Center.
San Jose is 61-47-11 all-time vs. Anaheim, including five straight wins in San Jose.
Odds and ends
*Joe Thornton has 64 career points (17g, 47a) in 66 career games vs. the Ducks.
*Todd McLellan and Bruce Boudreau were roommates while playing for AHL Springfield from 1987-89.
*The Sharks-Ducks game on Oct. 26 game was only the second time in Sharks history that an opponent accumulated 90 or more penalty minutes.
*Brent Burns has missed 45 shots, second only to Alex Ovechkin (48).
*Anaheim has killed off 18 consecutive penalties dating to Nov. 16 vs. Florida.
*Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Anaheim is 13-2-2 in the second of back-to-back games, an NHL-best points percentage (.847).
*The Ducks have 11 regulation/overtime wins this season, with a different player scoring the game winner in all 11.
*The Sharks’ current four-game losing streak is their longest since going 0-6-0 from Dec. 27, 2010 to Jan. 13, 2011.
*Scott Hannan scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 18, 2000 at Anaheim on Guy Hebert.
“I’m happy that we’re playing Anaheim. I think they bring the best out in us. It will be a big test for us as a team if we can bring the effort and the intensity and the game we want. There’s not a better time to do it than against these guys.” – Tommy Wingels