Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Honda Center
TV: KCOP-13, NBCSCA
Radio: AM 830
The Anaheim Ducks will face off against big time rival San Jose Sharks tonight. The Northern Californian team will take the trip down to take the Ducks on home ice for the second time this season. Last meeting the Ducks were victorious as they started the season red hot and the Sharks started exactly the opposite. Both teams have began to even out since then.
The Ducks have been hit with some critical injuries on defense and it’s resulted in them losing seven of their last 10 games. They’re currently riding a four-game losing streak which have been some serious bummers. This next game could really go either way for Anaheim. The Ducks have played well but just get caught making too many mistakes. The Sharks still aren’t looking like a strong team, but they are playing well as of late.
San Jose hockey been a roller coaster, going on extended winning and losing streaks several times. Most recently the Sharks are on a four-game winning streak, beating most of the teams the Ducks just lost to. Their fate falls heavily on the play of Martin Jones, who can quickly lose a game for them.
Keys to the Game
Pepper Jones with shots. Jones is not a good goalie. He’s easily the weakest part of the team. The Ducks should use every chance to get shots on net and force Jones to make a bad play.
Taking away late mistakes. Anaheim last few games have looked like this: got worked over in overtime, allowed four unanswered goals after going up 2-0, couldn’t settle down and let a game get out of hand, and blew a late lead. They just haven’t been able to finish up games.
Stay calm and avoid penalties. The Ducks and the Sharks already don’t like each other. Along with the Sharks having some hot-headed players like Evander Kane, Barclay Goodrow, Brenden Dillon, etc. and it could be really easy to have a few altercations or impulsive penalties occur. The Ducks need to remain composed as to not let the game get away from them.
Players to Watch
Anaheim’s success is going to come from their chances off of fast breaks. Ondrej Kase has some serious skill at high speeds. I could see him doing some damage tonight on the scoresheet.
It’s hard to look past how well Tomas Hertl is playing. He has seven points on his current four-game point streak and he isn’t burdened with playing against the top line units which is an advantage. Although he’ll most likely be matched against the Henrique line, he could find himself yet again on the scoresheet.