Two Huge Points Up For Grabs

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Two Huge Points Up For Grabs
The Pacific Division lead is on the line tonight as the Ducks and Sharks square off at the SAP Center in San Jose.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks

The Pacific Division lead is on the line tonight as the Ducks and Sharks square off at the SAP Center in San Jose.

Currently tied with 97 points apiece (Anaheim has played 69 games to San Jose’s 70), a regulation win tonight for the Ducks could set the tone for their upcoming stretch of games. After tonight, the Ducks play nine consecutive games against teams currently out of the playoff picture. It’s not until April 9, when the Ducks and Sharks close out the season series at Honda Center, that the Ducks face a team in postseason contention.

“It has that playoff atmosphere to it,” said Ducks forward Daniel Winnik, on the rivalry. “Who knows if we’ll play them in the playoffs. At some point, we hope we do.”

It’s always a physical contest when these two clubs meet, and Winnik, a former Shark, says they’ll have to be ready for a team known for its quick starts.

“They really come out in the first 10 minutes,” he said. “If we really handle their pressure then, we should be successful. We know they’re a big, strong team. Our focus is to protect the house as best as possible.”

The Ducks will be without the services of defenseman Cam Fowler after an MRI revealed a sprained left MCL. Fowler was injured during Friday’s game in Colorado, and will miss the next 3-5 weeks.

“We will get through it,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “We know Cam will work hard to get back, and in the meantime, guys will step up. Another example of why having depth is important."

And with Nick Bonino also out of the lineup, reinforcements have arrived. The Ducks recalled left wing Emerson Etem and center Rickard Rakell from Norfolk of the American Hockey League, and both were on the ice this morning.

Etem, 21, has appeared in 28 contests with Anaheim this season, earning 11 points (7g/4a) with a +3 rating and four penalty minutes. During his most recent recall, Etem played two games for the Ducks, scoring the game-winning goal on February 8 at Nashville. Etem appeared in 39 contests with the Admirals this season, scoring 42 points (16g/26a) with a +11 rating. At the time of his recall, he led the team in points, assists and plus/minus (+11), and second in goals.

Rakell, 20, has appeared in nine contests with Anaheim this season, earning one point (assist) with two penalty minutes. The 6-1, 192-pound center appeared in 46 games for Norfolk this season, collecting 37 points (14g/23a) with a +7 rating and 12 penalty minutes. Rakell left Norfolk ranked third on the team in points, second in assists and power-play goals (8), and tied for third in goals.

DUCKS-SHARKS
Anaheim and San Jose play the fourth of a five-game season set Thursday night at SAP Center. The Ducks are 1-1-1 vs. the Sharks this season, earning a 6-3 victory on New Year's Eve in Orange County. Anaheim has gone 53-53-10 all-time against San Jose, including a 27-26-5 mark in Northern California. The season series concludes April 9 at Honda Center.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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