Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks
Tuesday December 27th, 2016 7:00 PM PST
TV: PRIME, CSCA
Radio: AM 830, AnaheimDucks.com
Your Enemy: Fear The Fin
The Ducks look to start off on the right foot after their short holiday break. After winning only two games during their six game road trip, The Ducks would love to get one last win at home before they finish off the year on the road. The Ducks have won 6 of their last 12 while the Sharks have won 6 of their last 7.
The Ducks have been abysmal at even strength this year relying heavily on their special teams to get things done. They currently sit at 25th in the league averaging 1.25 goals at 5v5. Luckily, the Ducks are 3rd overall in 5v4 goals. The Ducks will need to be great with the extra man in this one because the Sharks currently have the 9th best PK unit and it’s getting better with every outing.
These big rivalry games are exactly the kind of scenarios in which you need you star players to perform. While the success of Ryan Kesler this year has been great, the twins are having a bit of an off year. The three still lead the team in points, but Kesler sits on top with more goals than Getzlaf and Perry combined. Players like Silfverberg, Rakell, Ritche, and even Andrew Cogliano have reaped the generosity of the twin’s assists this year, but when it comes to the Sharks, Getzlaf and Perry need to be leading this team and scoring the big goals. On the other side, the Sharks top line has been firing on all cylinders. The line of Pavelski-Thornton-Marleau racked up 26 points in the month of December alone, and was the main contributing factor to the Sharks winning 6 of their last 7 games.
The Ducks have been strong at home with wins in their last 4. The Ducks are also 5-1 in their last 6 against the Sharks.