ANAHEIM –– The Ducks seek to proceed their steady surge when they hold the San Jose Sharks for the very first time this season when the teams clash at Honda Center on Sunday night.
Wins over Pittsburgh and also the Kings to begin a five-game homestand have the Ducks (22-16-9) continuing an operate on uniformity that started right before Xmas. They’& rsquo; re 8-3-1 over a 12-game stretch however continue to be beyond a Western Seminar playoff place.
“& ldquo; I believe we all check the standings on an everyday basis simply to see just what teams lost as well as won as well as where we are,” & rdquo; Ducks winger Chris Wagner stated. “& ldquo; We understand the scenarios currently. We can speak about it all we want however we have to find a way to string greater than 2 and also three with each other and rise right into the playoff picture.
“& ldquo; Tonight, that & rsquo; s a group ahead of us. These video games are typically pretty high strength too. Every person speak about L.A. however (the Sharks are) simply a hr trip away, too. We’& rsquo; ve played them so a lot. It’& rsquo; s an extremely important game.”
& rdquo; Maybe it is no coincidence that the Ducks have stepped up their video game since they got Ryan Getzlaf and also Ryan Kesler back from injury. Getzlaf returned from a face fracture on Dec. 11 while Kesler made his season launching after off-season hip surgical procedure on Dec. 27.
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“Ducks additionally got Corey Perry back on Jan. 6 after an 11-game absence due to a knee injury. & ldquo; I assume it & rsquo; s nice when you begin to construct a bit more chemistry as well as you type of obtain’the very same group rolling,” defenseman Josh Manson stated. “I don & rsquo; t assume it was an issue earlier in the year. You try not to consider things like that. But it most definitely behaves having a little bit more normal staff.”
& rdquo; John Gibson(16-13-5, 2.59 GAA,.923 SV%) is back in net for his 5th career video game versus the Sharks. Gibson hasn’& rsquo; t encountered them frequently due to the fact that the Ducks have actually commonly played San Jose on the 2nd half of video games on back-to-back nights. He’& rsquo; s 2-0-2 in limited obligation.
Adam Henrique has objectives in consecutive games while linemate Ondrej Kase is the Ducks’ & rsquo; hottest offending gamer with 3 objectives and also three aids in 4 games considering that returning from a week-long spell with the influenza.
Right here is the projected lineup for the Ducks:
Rickard Rakell-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano-Ryan Kesler-Jakob Silfverberg
Nick Ritchie-Adam Henrique-Ondrej Kase
Chris Wagner-Antoine Vermette-J.T. Brown
Hampus Lindholm-Josh Manson
Webcam Fowler-Kevin Bieksa
Francois Beauchemin-Brandon Montour
The Sharks (25-14-6) are in the center of a busy stretch before the All-Star break, playing their fifth video game in seven days. They’& rsquo; ve got the edge in a limited battle within the Pacific Department as a 2-1 win Saturday over Pittsburgh moved them into sole property of second area.
Aaron Dell (11-3-2, 2.18 GAA,.928 SV%) has the web for San Jose as Martin Jones is managing a lower-body injury. An argument has been produced Dell to obtain even more beginnings because of his solid play. The 28-year-old is 9-0-1 over his last 10 starts. He’& rsquo; s obtained a 2.15 goals-against and.932 save percent over 11 video games.
Tomas Hertl’& rsquo; s power-play goal early in the third duration lifted the Sharks past the Penguins. San Jose has actually corresponded all period as it has actually shed consecutive video games in guideline only 3 times as well as has actually not had even more than a three-game losing touch of any kind.
After having a hard time to generate regular infraction in the initial fifty percent of the period, the Sharks are obtaining extra manufacturing throughout their schedule and have cheered up to 21st overall with a 2.78 goals-per-game average.
Over the last 19 games, San Jose has actually scored three objectives or more 13 times and has actually scored four or even more on seven events. Joe Thornton recently had a four-game objective racking up streak however others have cracked in. Timo Meier has goals in his last two games. Mikkel Boedker has 2 of his five goals within his last four.
“& ldquo; If you consider the Sharks, they & rsquo; ve place more balance now in their three lines,” & rdquo; Carlyle claimed. & ldquo; You can see that, the blend. I wear’& rsquo; t recognize definitely that they’& rsquo; re No. 1 line is
“any type of more. & ldquo; They & rsquo; ve obtained 2 lines that are providing a quite high level of infraction and also they’& rsquo; ve obtained a 3rd line with Boedker, (Joonas) Donskoi and (Chris) Tierney, they’& rsquo; ve had the ability to supply them with a good fit behind that.
“& ldquo; So you & rsquo; re not looking as well as concentrating on 6 forwards. You’& rsquo; ve got an enhance of nine forwards that could offer violation.”
& rdquo; Veteran forward Jannik Hansen as well as young defenseman Tim Heed have actually been regular scratches of late. The Sharks appointed Paul Martin to San Jose (AHL) recently after the defenseman of 858 NHL video games removed waivers.
Martin has actually played in only 3 video games due to injury and also with him being unable to split the schedule, San Jose is supposedly planning to trade the 36-year-old veteran.
Right here is the projected lineup for the Sharks:
Timo Meier-Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski
Tomas Hertl-Logan Couture-Kevin Labanc
Mikkel Boedker-Chris Tierney-Joonas Donskoi
Melker Karlsson-23-Joel Ward
Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun
Joakim Ryan-Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon-Dylan DeMelo