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Sharks vs. Ducks preview: No better way to ring in the new year than a win over Anaheim

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In the second half of their year-ending back-to-back the Sharks travel to Anaheim to take on the Ducks.

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Tonight the Sharks will close out 2014 with their final game at Honda Center this season. The Corey Perry-less, division-leading Ducks notched their first win over San Jose in three tries last Monday in Southern California courtesy a Ryan Kesler overtime winner. The Sharks will hope to stop their skid against division opponents after their loss to Vancouver last night represented their third straight defeat at the hands of a Pacific opponent.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

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Anaheim Ducks
19-13-5, 43 points
Record 24-8-6, 54 points
4th in Pacific Rank 1st in Pacific
51.6%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 51.4%
99.1
PDO 100.2
23.6
PP% 16.0
83.0
PK% 79.8

5PM PST | Honda Center | Anaheim, California
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Anaheim Calling, Puq Magazine, Battle Of California

Projected Sharks Lineup

Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Barclay Goodrow - James Sheppard - Melker Karlsson
Matt Nieto - Andrew Desjardins - Micheal Haley

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon - Brent Burns
Matt Irwin - Matt Tennyson

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Ducks Lineup

Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Devante Smith-Pelly
Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Emerson Etem
Andrew Cogliano - Nate Thompson - Jakob Silfverberg
Rene Bourque - Rickard Rakell - Max Friberg

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy
Francois Beauchemin - Hampus Lindholm
Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen
Ilya Bryzgalov

Last Meeting

Melker Karlsson scored his first NHL goal but it wasn't enough as a late third period tally by Cam Fowler and an overtime winner from Ryan Kesler gave the Ducks a come-from-behind win over San Jose at Honda Center last Monday.

Storylines
  • Antti Niemi will get the start in net tonight after Alex Stalock's loss to Vancouver yesterday.
  • The Sharks enter this game 11 points behind the division-leading Ducks.
  • If Joe Pavelski scores more goals tonight than Tyler Seguin does, he'll take home the 2014 calendar year goal-scoring leader honors.