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Game 49: Ducks Visit San Jose
By Michael Walters
Anaheim(19-24-5) at San Jose(21-25-4)
Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast
TV: 7:30 PM PT/10:30 PM ET, Fox Sports West
Radio & Post Game Show: KLAA AM 830
The Anaheim Ducks return to action after their combined league and All-Star break. Anaheim won their last two games against Nashville and Carolina putting together back-to-back wins for the first time since November 1st, 2019. The Ducks will try to earn a third victory in a row for the second time this season. Anaheim started the season with a three-game winning streak.
The Ducks will face the San Jose Sharks tonight. Anaheim is 1-1-0 against San Jose this season. The Ducks beat the Sharks back in October by a score of 3-1. Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Getzlaf, and Adam Henrique scored in the contest. John Gibson stopped 35 of 36 shots to earn the victory. In November, the Ducks lost 5-3 to the Sharks. Rickard Rakell would score first, but the Sharks would go on to score four of the next five goals to take control and win the game.
Jakob Silfverberg leads the team with 15 goals.
Blake Pietila was reassigned to the Gulls.
Per the Athletic’s Eric Stephens, Silfverberg will not play tonight as his wife is expecting to give birth soon.
Nick Ritchie has been removed from the IR.
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San Jose Outlook
The Sharks are currently on a three-game losing skid. Like Anaheim, San Jose is trying to keep their heads above water as they both are barely ahead of the Kings, who sit in last place in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks score 2.56 goals per game and give up 3.32 on average. Their power play is 16.7% efficient and their penalty kill is 87.7% efficient, which is the best in the NHL.
Evander Kane leads the team in scoring with 19 goals.
Dalton Prout(upper-body) is currently on the IR but has returned to practice.
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January 27th, 2020