Programming note: Sharks-Ducks coverage begins tonight at 6:30 PT on Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 14-11-6, 34 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 8th Western Conference
Ducks: 22-6-4, 48 points, 1st Pacific Division, 2nd Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.29 (29th)
Goals-against per game: 2.55 (15th)
Power play: 17.6 percent (19th)
Penalty kill: 86.4 percent (3rd)
Goals per game: 3.09 (4th)
Goals-against per game: 2.50 (12th)
Power play: 23.3 percent (3rd)
Penalty kill: 78.6 percent (24th)
Marty Havlat - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels
TJ Galiardi - Joe Pavelski - Ryane Clowe
James Sheppard - Scott Gomez - Andrew Desjardins
Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Jason Demers
Brad Stuart - Justin Braun
Bobby Ryan – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Kyle Palmieri – Peter Holland – Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Brad Staubitz – David Steckel – Emerson Etem
Sheldon Souray – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Luca Sbisa – Bryan Allen
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Joe Pavelski. Tied for the team lead in goals last season with a career-high 31, Pavelski scored just his eighth on Monday against the Ducks, and his second in the last 19 games. Pavelski shifted to third line center with TJ Galiardi and James Sheppard prior to the game, and that line generated 11 shots on goal, including Sheppard’s first of the season. Pavelski’s six shots were a game-high.
Ducks: Francois Beauchemin. The Ducks defenseman’s name has been mentioned as a possible Norris Trophy candidate, and in four games against the Sharks this season, is tied with Ryan Getzlaf with a team-leading five points (1g, 4a). Beauchemin skates more than 23 minutes a night on average, leading the team, and is an impressive +21 (third in the league) while playing against the opposition’s top line most nights.
In the most recent game for both teams, the Sharks jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 win over the Ducks in Anaheim on Monday night at Honda Center. Joe Pavelski, Marty Havlat and Brent Burns all had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who ended a five-game road trip at 2-3-0. James Sheppard had his first goal of the year and Dan Boyle, who finished +4, added an empty-netter to give Anaheim its third straight loss. Corey Perry had a goal and an assist, while Emerson Etem and Francois Beauchemin also scored for the Ducks. Antti Niemi outplayed Viktor Fasth in net for his 14th win.
Sharks: Ryane Clowe (shoulder) is questionable. Thomas Greiss (neck) and Tim Kennedy (undisclosed) are on injured reserve.
Ducks: Nick Bonino (flu) is on injured reserve.
This is the fifth and final meeting between the Sharks and Ducks, who will close out the season series on Wednesday at HP Pavilion. Anaheim is 2-1-1 against San Jose, while the Sharks are 2-2-0.
The Sharks won on Jan. 29, 3-2 in a shootout, to improve to 6-0-0. Anaheim defended its home ice with a 2-1 win on Feb. 4, the Sharks’ first regulation loss of the season.
The Ducks won at Honda Center on March 18, 5-3, while the Sharks skated to a 5-3 win themselves on Monday.
The Sharks are 56-45-4-7 all-time vs. Anaheim.
“We don’t really think about it too much. We’re all pros, we’ve got to go out and play. It doesn’t matter who gets traded, we’ve got to out and play and work hard.” – Joe Thornton, on if the Douglas Murray affected the 5-3 win in Anaheim on Monday