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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 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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