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Ducks vs Sharks GAMETHREAD: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

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The Sharks visit Honda Center for the third matchup between these Pacific Division foes. The winner will take the lead in the season series.

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Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus SAN JOSE SHARKS
13-9-5, 31 Pts Record 15-10-1, 31 Pts
T-3rd in Pacific, T-5th in West, T-13th in NHL Standings T-3rd in Pacific, T-5th in West, T-13th in NHL
2.67 GF/GP 2.38
2.63 GA/GP 2.12
22.1% Power Play 18.5%
80.1% Penalty Kill 83.1%
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Ryan Kesler (12G) Goals Brent Burns (11G)
Ryan Getzlaf (20A) Assists Joe Pavelski (16A)
Ryan Getzlaf (23P) Points Joe Pavelski (24P)
Ryan Kesler (7PPG) PP Logan Couture (6PPG)
Andrew Cogliano (2SHG) SH Tierny/Ward (1SHG)
Fowler (23:58), Kesler (21:24) TOI/GP (D&F) Burns (24:09), Pavelski (19:31)
Kase (54.2%), Lindholm (54.0%) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Hertl (56.0%), Schlemko (55.2%)
Jonathan Bernier GOALIES Martin Jones
4-2-1 Record 13-9-1
.906 Save % .920
2.83 GAA 2.04

Projected Lines

Anaheim

Rickard Rakell-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano-Ryan Kesler-Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie-Antoine Vermette-Ondrej Kase

Joseph Cramarossa-Stefan Noesen-Logan Shaw

Cam Fowler-Sami Vatanen

Hampus Lindholm-Josh Manson

Shea Theodore-Kevin Bieksa

Jonathan Bernier

San Jose

Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski

Kevin Labanc-Logan Couture-Joel Ward

Mikkel Boedker-Chris Tierney-Joonas Donskoi

Melker Karlsson-Micheal Haley-Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin-Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic-Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon-Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Numbers For Nerds

Ryan Kesler is scoring at a pace we haven't seen from him since his Selke Trophy-winning season back in 2010-2011. With 12 goals and 11 assists through 27 games, Kesler is on pace for a whopping 36 goals and 70 points this year. While you can make the argument that he won't be able to keep this up through the rest of the year, especially considering his current career-high shooting percentage of 18.5%, you can't deny that Kesler's play so far this season is remarkable. Anaheim's #2 center, in my opinion, is right up there with Rickard Rakell in contention for Anaheim's best player to this point.