Sharks vs. Ducks: The homestand begins

A seven-game homestand that could make or break the Sharks' playoff hopes begins tonight against the Ducks.

If the San Jose Sharks plan on qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season (and, by all indications, that is something they would like to do), the most important stretch of the year begins tonight. San Jose's next seven games will be at the Tank, where they've compiled an 8-1-4 record. A rough estimation of the postseason cutoff pegs the Sharks as needing to go at least 9-7-1 over their final 17 games to make the dance. Getting over half the necessary points against beatable teams in the Ducks, Wild and Flames as well as clubs the Sharks have had recent success against in Detroit and Dallas would really make for some smooth sailing in April. It starts tonight against Anaheim. Go Sharks.

Anaheim Ducks


San Jose Sharks
22-6-4, 48 points
14-11-6, 34 points
2nd in Western Conference 8th in Western Conference

7PM PST | HP Pavilion | San Jose, California
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio: 98.5 KFOX,
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Projected Sharks Lineup

Martin Havlat - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
T.J. Galiardi - Joe Pavelski - Ryane Clowe
James Sheppard - Scott Gomez - Andrew Desjardins

Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Jason Demers
Brad Stuart - Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Ducks Lineup

Kyle Palmieri - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Bobby Ryan
Daniel Winnik - Peter Holland - Teemu Selanne
Emerson Etem - David Steckel - Brad Staubitz

Sheldon Souray - Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen - Luca Sbisa

Jonas Hiller
Viktor Fasth