In a Golden State showdown, the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks will meet night in Anaheim saturday. The overall game comes off of this heels of night’s duel between division rivals in which the Sharks managed to prevail 5-4 in a shootout.Here friday is a look at where the Sharks (4-5-0) and the Ducks (4-5-3) both stand heading into Saturday’s game. It is one of the more even matchups
on the schedule, with Anaheim a slight -115 favorite at home and San Jose sitting at -105 on the road.
By the true numbersEven after yesterday’s eight goals in legislation, they are two offenses which have largely struggled
this year. The Sharks are somewhat better, averaging 2.67 objectives per game, which ranks 23rd within the NHL, upon 31 shots. The Ducks, meanwhile, have been in the underside four for the league with 1.92 objectives on 26.5 shots while additionally holding the power-play that is second-worst in hockey.However, thanks largely to brilliant goaltending
, Anaheim has the edge in defensive stats. The Ducks are allowing 2.67 goals on 30.2 shots while also having a penalty kill that is top-five. The Sharks likewise have a penalty that is strong, but with 3.89 goals allowed and 32.7 shots allowed per game, they sit just 29th and 26th in the league, respectively.
Sharks PreviewHeading into this series that is two-game Anaheim, the Sharks had been having a rough go
of things. That they had lost two right and three of four whilst also having a couple of games against Vegas postponed as a result of COVID issues. Therefore Friday’s win comes at a time that is good San Jose, who are tied for last in the West Division and aiming to climb out of it.Friday was a*)good that is(*) within the right direction, because four different players scored for the Sharks. After Matt Nieto completed down an excellent pass with this 3rd objective for the period in the beginning, San Jose held an earlier 1-0 lead but destroyed it and then some when they permitted three unanswered objectives within the period that is second. Fortunately, the period that is third really kind of those, as Logan Couture scored their team-leading 4th objective 39 moments in, followed closely by a shorthanded rating from Evander Kane and another objective from Brent Burns. Kane now has seven points, tying him with Couture and Tomas Hertl for the united team lead, while Burns and Ryan Donato each have six.
Although he has struggled this season, Martin Jones was able to stop 33 of Anaheim’s 37 shots, not to mention both of their shootout attempts. However, with Jones getting the start Friday, the Sharks will likely turn to Devan Dubnyk for Saturday. Although he is still searching for his first win as a Shark, Dubnyk carries a 3.23 GAA, and .902 save percentage, well ahead of Jones.
As one of the offensive teams that are worst in hockey, the final two games have already been motivating for the Ducks. Appearing out of a three-game losing streak, including two embarrassing efforts against St. Louis, the Ducks overcome the Kings 3-1 with a season-high 43 shots on objective and then followed it with four objectives on 37 shots against San Jose. Keeping it’s the key, because the Ducks have actually played probably the most games of anybody within the unit whilst still being stay in only place that is fifth
Trailing early in the game on Friday, the Ducks had a promising second period. The veteran Adam Henrique delivered the goal that is game-tying his second of the season. A few minutes after earning his first assist about three-and-a-half minutes later, Troy Terry sniped his first goal of the year. Max Comtois then delivered both the third goal of the period and the goal that is game-tying the 3rd following the Sharks scored three in a row, offering him a team-high five objectives regarding the period. Comtois now has six points, tying him for Carter Rowney for the team-lead. Ryan Getzlaf, Jakob Silfverberg, and Nicolas Deslauriers are next up with five points.
John Gibson wasn’t their stellar that is usual self, allowing four goals on 30 shots and giving up a pair of goals in the shootout finale. Expect the Ducks to rest him Saturday and turn to the netminder that is longtime Miller. Miller has made simply one begin and another relief look, going 0-1-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .893 save your self percentage.
If was any indication, Saturday will be another fun game friday. Both teams seemed to figure a couple of things out that were wrong with them, and now each will send their backup goalies out. Although they destroyed, the Ducks won the shots battle, obstructed more shots regarding the end that is defensive and controlled the bulk of the puck possession thanks to a wide lead in the faceoff circle. This time around, I think Anaheim gets their revenge and wins this one to split the series.
Free Pick: Ducks -115