The Ducks head north to face the in-state rival Sharks. This will be the first of two matchups in San Jose between the two sides in the next five days. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:38 p.m. EST.
Anaheim comes into tonight’s matchup as the bottom team in both the Pacific Division and the Western Conference with five points in nine games. Trevor Zegras leads the Ducks in scoring with six goals. Anaheim only has four players that have scored multiple goals this season. Troy Terry leads the team in points with 10. Anaheim is yet to get good goaltending with Anthony Stolarz and John Gibson both struggling.
San Jose is 3-8-0 in its first 11 games which is good for seventh in the Pacific and tied for 14th in the West. This is the fourth game of a six-game homestand for the Sharks. Erik Karlsson leads San Jose in goals with six as the Sharks also only have four players with more than one goal. Karlsson also leads the team in points with 11 in as many games. San Jose’s goaltending hasn’t been horrible as James Reimer has a 2.77 GAA and .914 SV% in seven games. He has a 2-5-0 record.
Anaheim took three of four matchups last season, but the Sharks pushed two of those losses into overtime. While the Ducks captured six of eight points, San Jose was able to scratch away four points. The starting goaltenders a projected to be Gibson for Anaheim and Kappo Kahkonen for San Jose.