The Ducks picked up their first win of the 2015 preseason last night, tipping the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 thanks to a power play goal from Stefan Noesen and a redirection by Patrick Maroon in the third period.
Anaheim will give Anton Khudobin his first start in Ducks colors, and ice a lineup of approximately half NHL players and half likely San Diego Gulls.
Jiri Sekac/Patrick Maroon - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Andrew Cogliano - Mike Santorelli - Corey Perry
Nick Ritchie - Michael Sgarbossa - Max Friberg
Harry Zolnierczyk - Chris Wagner - Brian McGrattan
Simon Despres - Shea Theodore
Hampus Lindholm - Korbinian Holzer
Joe Piskula - Sheldon Brookbank/Shane O'Brien
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Joel Ward
John McCarthy - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow
Matt Nieto - Tomas Hertl - Joonas Donskoi
Frazer McLaren - Ryan Carpenter - Mike Brown
Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Gus Young - Matt Tennyson
Karl Stollery - Dylan DeMelo
Anaheim split the preseason series with the Sharks last year, with San Jose winning up north 3-1 and the Ducks taking a 2-1 overtime decision at Honda Center. San Jose had a pair of power play goals in the meeting at SAP Center, with one of Barclay Goodrow's pair coming on the man advantage and Patrick Marleau netting the other. In Anaheim Ryan Kesler leveled Tomas Hertl's lone regulation tally in the third period, with Corey Perry netting the winner. New Sharks netminder Martin Jones faced the Ducks in both preseason games last year with the Kings, stopping 58 of 63 shots in earning a shootout and regulation win.
Jiri Sekac paces the Ducks with two goals in the preseason, while Nick Ritchie and Mike Santorelli each have a duo of assists. Ritchie is the only player for Anaheim who has recorded a point in each of the two exhibition games. Ritchie, Max Friberg, and either Sekac or Maroon would be the only players to have appeared in all three preseason games.
San Jose is 2-0-1 in exhibition play, dropping a 1-0 overtime decision in Victoria, BC to the Vancouver Canucks, then shutting out Vancouver the next night 4-0 at Rogers Arena. The most recent win was a 4-1 home triumph over the Arizona Coyotes last night. Of the players in the lineup tonight Paul Martin, Brent Burns, Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi and Ben Smith have all found the back of the net, with Dylan DeMelo (2), Donski, Smith, Burns, Hertl, and Tennyson assisting. This will be Jones' second start of the preseason, he made 30 stops to pick up the shutout in Vancouver.