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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 / 4:41 PM / 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.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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