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Report from San Jose

Ducks radio analyst reports from San Jose before the Ducks face the Sharks tonight

Thursday, 01.21.2010 / 1:41 PM PT / News
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Report from San Jose
By Dan Wood
Ducks Radio Analyst

SAN JOSE – The Ducks visit the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion tonight hoping to get their season-high, six-game road trip off to a better start on the ice than it began in the air.

The club’s Wednesday afternoon charter flight from Los Angeles to San Jose, through the series of storms that are inundating California, was a bit bumpy, to say the least.

“It was a white-knuckler,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after Thursday’s morning skate. “They warned us it would be rough. Once you hit a certain elevation, it smoothed out, but once you went under that, it was rough again.”

Having ultimately landed safe and sound, if just a bit the worse for wear, the Ducks turned their attention to trying to beat the Sharks for the first time this season. San Jose, an opening-round loser to Anaheim in last season’s Stanley Cup playoffs, has dispatched the Ducks in all four meetings this season.

“We just want to keep things rolling,” Ducks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank said, referencing the stretch of seven victories in eight games that has the club in playoff contention in the NHL’s loaded Western Conference. “We know it’s going to be a tough, hard-fought game. We haven’t been able to get the Sharks yet this year. They’ve been gunning for us, so we have to be ready for them.”

San Jose, which outscored the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings a combined 14-2 in back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday, will be without standout defenseman Dan Boyle because of an upper-body injury.

“With good teams, I’m not sure there’s ever a good time to play them,” Carlyle said. “We know all about San Jose. We know what they’re about, and they know what we’re about. We just have to play to a higher level, get more competitive in the dirty areas.”

From here, the Ducks will move on to visit St. Louis, Atlanta, Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida before returning home to host Detroit on Feb. 3.

“We’ve done our share of winning, but we’ve had the luxury of playing a lot of home games lately,” Carlyle said. “We have to improve our road record.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DAL 56 36 15 5 182 150 77
2 CHI 59 36 18 5 162 137 77
3 STL 57 31 17 9 138 133 71
4 LAK 54 33 18 3 151 128 69
5 SJS 54 29 20 5 158 144 63
6 ANA 54 27 19 8 123 127 62
7 COL 58 29 25 4 155 160 62
8 NSH 56 26 21 9 147 148 61
9 ARI 55 25 24 6 144 168 56
10 MIN 55 23 22 10 135 138 56
11 VAN 55 22 21 12 127 149 56
12 CGY 54 25 26 3 144 160 53
13 WPG 55 25 27 3 140 158 53
14 EDM 57 22 29 6 139 169 50

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 50 6 36 10 42
C. Perry 54 21 17 -4 38
R. Rakell 51 13 15 -3 28
R. Kesler 54 11 16 -7 27
S. Vatanen 54 6 20 0 26
J. Silfverberg 54 7 12 -1 19
C. Stewart 47 8 10 2 18
A. Cogliano 54 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 53 6 8 -7 14
C. Fowler 41 3 11 -8 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 12 8 6 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.11

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