The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks meet Saturday in NHL action at the Honda Center.
The San Jose Sharks need a win after losing five of their last eight games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 13 goals, Evander Kane has 11 assists and Timo Meier has 64 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.8 goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Martin Jones has allowed 51 goals on 422 shots and Devan Dubnyk has allowed 33 goals on 309 shots.
The Anaheim Ducks need a win after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Max Comtois leads Anaheim with nine goals, Rickard Rakell has 13 assists and Jakob Silfverberg has 58 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.9 percent of their opponents power plays. John Gibson has given up 63 goals on 615 shots faced and Ryan Miller has given up 19 goals on 175 shots.
The Sharks are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Ducks are 1-6 in their last 7 home games and 8-20 in their last 28 overall. The over is 11-5 in Sharks last 16 road games. The over is 7-3 in Ducks last 10 overall. The Sharks are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Anaheim and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The San Jose Sharks haven’t had great success at stringing wins together this season, but they’re playing comfortably the better hockey and just beat the breaks off the Ducks last night. The Sharks have won three of the four meetings against the Ducks this season overall. The Anaheim Ducks have serious offensive issues and playing at home hasn’t helped. The Sharks have to be the pick here, as the Ducks are doing nothing for me these days.