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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00 BRT, November 14, 2019
Honda Center, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 16,007

Struggling Ducks host streaking Sharks

San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks

  1. The Sharks make their second visit to Anaheim this season, having been dealt a 3-1 loss there on Oct. 5 as Ducks goaltender John Gibson made 35 saves. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Anaheim has collected at least one point (5-1-3) in eight of nine home games against San Jose, seven of which were decided by one goal.
  2. San Jose has totaled only four goals while losing each of its last three road games and hasn't won away from home when scoring two goals or fewer (shootout goals excluded) since a 3-2 shootout victory at Anaheim on Feb. 11, 2018. The Sharks are 0-20-4 on the road since when scoring under three goals.
  3. The Ducks have lost four straight games (0-2-2) on their current homestand and are 1-for-22 on the power play over their last eight outings at Honda Center. Anaheim's two power-play goals on home ice are the fewest through a season's first 11 home games in franchise history.
  4. Tomas Hertl enters this contest on a career-high four-game goal streak but all eight of his goals this season have come at home. Hertl also has gone without a goal in 10 career regular-season games at Anaheim, the longest drought of his career against a single opponent on the road.
  5. Evander Kane scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season in the Sharks' 6-3 win over the Oilers on Tuesday and has accounted for 20.8 percent of San Jose's goals. Only Edmonton's Leon Draisatil, Boston's David Pastrnak, Detroit's Anthony Mantha and Ottawa's Jean-Gabriel Pageau have a higher share of their team's goals this season.
  6. Barclay Goodrow had a goal, an assist and a fighting major against Edmonton, and his league-leading 40 penalty minutes are the most by a Sharks player through 19 team games of a season since 2012-13 (Ryane Clowe, 68). San Jose is 18-1-0 all-time when one of its players records a "Gordie Howe hat trick."

In a far better place than they were 10 days ago, the San Jose Sharks will now test their newfound success with a short stop away from home.

The Sharks put their four-game winning streak on the line in Anaheim against the Ducks on Thursday, feeling far removed from a five-game losing streak, losses in seven of their previous eight games and a 4-10-1 opening to the season.

The Ducks are in a completely opposite place on a four-game losing streak, with all of those defeats at home. Anaheim's reversal of fortune appears just as stark as San Jose's, having started its downturn at home after opening the season 6-1-0 in its own building.

A matchup against the Sharks gives the Ducks one last chance to get things right as their season-long seven-game homestand comes to an end.

The visit to Southern California is just a quick one-game venture away from home for the Sharks to test the waters of their recent success. They went 4-2 on a just-completed six-game homestand and will return to the Bay Area immediately after Thursday's game to play two more at home.

San Jose's most recent win came Tuesday, when they matched a season high with six goals in a 6-3 defeat of the Edmonton Oilers. Six different players scored goals for the Sharks, including Evander Kane, who tallied his team-leading 11th of the season.

"We've been putting a lot of effort into our team game, and it's important that you see results from that," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think there's been a big effort by our group to tighten up defensively, and usually when that happens, the goals go in. It's nice to get rewarded for that kind of work though, and the goals did go in."

The Sharks and Ducks already met once this season on Oct. 5, also at Anaheim. Again, the teams were in opposite places, as the Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Sharks was part of their three-game winning streak to open the schedule. The Sharks were in the midst of four consecutive defeats to start the season.

Adam Henrique, who is tied for the Ducks' team lead in goals with eight, scored in the first meeting with San Jose, as did captain Ryan Getzlaf, who has seven goals on the season.

Since that strong opening to the season, it has been a bumpy road for the Ducks. They have not won more than two consecutive games since.

Anaheim will enter off a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday when they gave up the game-tying goal with 37 seconds remaining in regulation. The Ducks' late collapse was fueled by taking two penalties in the closing moments of regulation.

The Ducks hope for smarter play in the 1,000th home game in franchise history Thursday.

"Turnovers put us in a bad spot," Getzlaf said. "Penalties happen when you turn the puck over. ... We didn't make decisions to put the puck deep and keep working. It's a frustrating learning lesson when you have to figure those things out."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 13, 2019

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