After dropping the first game of the exhibition season in overtime, the Ducks have run off four straight wins, and will close it out tonight against the Sharks.
Anaheim took the meeting at SAP Center last Saturday, rallying from a 1-0 first period deficit with an early third period goal from Chris Wagner and the winner on the power play at the 12:23 mark from Corey Perry. Anton Khudobin made 23 saves to earn the win, while Martin Jones had 21 stops in the losing effort.
Carl Hagelin - Ryan Getzlaf - Chris Stewart
Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Jiri Sekac - Rickard Rakell - Corey Perry
Patrick Maroon - Shawn Horcoff - Mike Santorelli
Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa
Cam Fowler - Josh Manson
Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen
Joonas Donskoi - Tomas Hertl - Matt Nieto
Nikolay Goldobin - Chris Tierney - Barclay Goodrow
Jeremy Langlois - Bryan Lerg - Ryan Carpenter
John McCarthy - Micheal Haley - Frazer McLaren
Brenden Dillon - Dylan Demelo
Karl Stollery - Matt Tennyson
Mirco Mueller - Gus Young
Alex Stalock / Troy Grosenick
The Ducks secured a 3-0 shutout win over the Colorado Avalanche in their second-to-final preseason game on Thursday, with Horcoff and Santorelli scoring in the first six minutes (both assisted by Lindholm) and Hagelin hitting the empty net. John Gibson made 20 saves through two periods, and Khudobin came on in relief in the third period to make 11 saves.
Anaheim can complete the preseason without a regulation loss for the first time at least since the 2005-06 season, records are not immediately available before then. They'll look to do so with Simon Despres recovering from an undisclosed injury, while Gibson missed a day of practice after being pulled from the Colorado game with a stomach virus, per Stephens.
The roster is down to 30 skaters with Brian McGrattan heading back to San Diego, while Korbinian Holzer and Chris Mueller also cleared waivers late in the week. Holzer's waiver status fueled speculation that Manson may begin the season in Anaheim, which also makes sense should Despres' issue stretch. The Ducks are required to have their roster down to 23 men by 11 AM on Tuesday.
San Jose is likely to rest their veterans tonight after announcing the recall of nine, after having blanked the Coyotes last night on the road 3-0. Joe Pavelski had a pair of goals, Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist, and five other Sharks had helpers as Martin Jones made 18 saves for his second shutout of the preseason. Alex Stalock is the expected starter in net. CSN Bay Area Sharks Insider Kevin Kurtz has a look at seven Sharks players on the roster bubble.
Hertl has lead the Sharks in scoring during the preseason, with two goals and three assists in five appearances. Brent Burns has two goals and two assists, while Pavelski has three goals, Paul Martin has a goal and two assists, and Joe Thornton has three helpers.