Season Series Record, Ducks vs. Opponent: 2-1-1
KNOW THY ENEMY
Record (Points): 14-11-6 (34)
Place in Pacific Division: 3rd
Place in Western Conference: 8th
Who's Hot? In four games versus the Ducks this season, Joe Thornton has a face-off win percentage of 64.4%. He's won 38, lost 21.
Who's Not? Ryane Clowe is returning to the lineup tonight for San Jose but that may not make much of a difference. In 25 games, Clowe has zero goals, 9 A and is a minus-7. I'm reading he's possibly for sale at the deadline. Not sure who's going to buy.
Numbers for Nerds: Throughout the season series, neither team has scored a power play goal. The Ducks PP is 0-for-13, ranked 3rd in the league and Sharks PP is 0-for-16, 18th in the league.
Now that everyone has had a full day to process their emotions on the Ducks three game losing streak, I'd hope we're all in a better mental state, including the team. I, for one, am still annoyed. Not so much at our fans for overreacting but for those who are going around saying the word 'regression'.
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY, IT IS THREE G-D GAMES.
Best thing for the Ducks to do right now is to shut everyone up and beat the Sharks in their building. Life ain't getting much easier after this anyway. Friday is the re-match of the Biggest Game Ever with Chicago. Oh Chicago, the historic darlings of the NHL season. The great team the Ducks have beaten twice; however, that doesn't seem to matter when their in such a downward spiral (sarcasm font). Redemption - it's what's for dinner.
Jonas Hiller is in net tonight after Viktor Fasth was lit up by San Jose on Monday. The Ducks are reporting new guy Radek Dvorak has taken care of all the necessary paperwork and is on the active roster. There was an extra space waiting for him because of Nick Bonino being on IR. Hopefully it means Brad Staubitz will be riding the pine tonight but Eric Stephens thinks it's more likely he'll play his first game against Chicago. Boudreau did not hear our pleas and Luca Sbisa is probably in tonight, too.