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Morning Report: True Test Awaits for Ducks

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 11:56 AM / News
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Morning Report: True Test Awaits for Ducks
There was little time to rest for the Ducks after yesterday\u2019s victory, as the team immediately boarded a plane bound for San Jose. Tonight, in the second of back-to-backs, the Ducks and Sharks will renew their Pacific Division rivalry in San Jose at 7:30 p.m. PT (Prime Ticket, AM 830).
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

There was little time to rest for the Ducks after yesterday’s victory, as the team immediately boarded a plane bound for San Jose. Tonight, in the second of back-to-backs, the Ducks and Sharks will renew their Pacific Division rivalry at the SAP Center in San Jose at 7:30 p.m. PT (Prime Ticket, AM 830).

It’ll be the battle of the top-two teams in the division, with both clubs coming off victories yesterday. For the Ducks (18-7-3, 39 points), it was a 5-2 win over Calgary for their 18th consecutive regular season home victory against the Flames (dating back to Jan. 19, 2004), the longest such streak against any opponent in franchise history. San Jose (17-3-5, 39 points) was fueled by Brent Burns’ first career hat trick in a 6-3 victory over the Blues, giving St. Louis just its four regulation loss of the season. The Sharks have only lost three times in regulation and only once at home.

“It's going to be a tough one,” said Saku Koivu (who earned two assists in his return to the lineup yesterday). “First of all, having the back-to-back game, going into their building. They are probably one of the toughest teams to play on the road. We've had some good matchups against them in the last couple of years. It should be a fun one, but it's going to be a great, great challenge for our club."

Tonight’s game for the Ducks marks the first of four against the league’s elite. After tonight, the Ducks will come home to host the Kings (16-6-4, 36 points) on Tuesday before embarking on a two-game road trip through Chicago (19-4-4, 42 points) and St. Louis, (18-4-3, 39 points). The Blackhawks, Blues, Sharks and Ducks represent the top-four teams in the league standings.

“It’s going to let us know where we are in the next four games,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “San Jose, Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis are the top-four teams in the league. It’ll give us a real good barometer of where we’re at. In that sense, we’re looking forward to seeing where we’re at.”

DUCKS-SHARKS
Tonight marks the first of five season series contests. The two clubs will meet again on Dec. 29 (SJ), Dec. 31 (ANA), Mar. 20 (SJ) and Apr. 9 (ANA). Over the last 12 contests dating to Apr. 6, 2011, Anaheim has gone 8-3-1 against the Sharks. All-time, the Ducks have gone 52-52-9 against the Sharks, including a 27-25-4 mark at SAP Center. Last year’s season series saw Anaheim post a 2-2-1 record vs. San Jose, and captain Ryan Getzlaf led the club in scoring vs. San Jose last season, collecting five points (1g/4a) in five games. Teemu Selanne leads Anaheim in scoring vs. San Jose, collecting 96 points (50g/46a) in 89 career contests.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 32 11 13 8 83 100 30
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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