NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, March 18th
(All times Eastern)
San Jose Sharks (12-9-6) at Anaheim Ducks (20-3-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After having one winning streak halted over the weekend,
the Anaheim Ducks will look to extend another one on Monday night against the
San Jose Sharks.
The Ducks shoot for a club-record 12th straight home victory as they return
from a three-game road trip to take on the Sharks.
Anaheim has not lost as the hosting club since dropping its home opener on
Jan. 25 to the Vancouver Canucks. The 11 victories at the Honda Center since
match the club mark first set from Dec. 8, 2009-Feb. 10, 2010.
Following a 4-2 win over the visiting Blues on March 10, the Ducks picked up
road wins in Minnesota and Dallas before falling 2-1 in overtime at St. Louis
Saku Koivu had a goal, the 798th point of his career, and Jonas Hiller made 19
saves before getting beaten 45 seconds into overtime. Though the Ducks had a
five-game winning streak end, they still have recorded a point in 10 straight
"It didn't go our way tonight," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau admitted. "You'd
like to get 96 points in a 48-game season, but sometimes it doesn't happen."
The Ducks will begin a five-game homestand without forward Corey Perry, who
will serve the third contest of his four-game suspension on Monday night for
an illegal hit versus the Wild. He will also miss Wednesday's big showdown
with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Anaheim's current home winning streak includes a 2-1 victory over the Sharks
on Feb. 4. The Ducks have won two straight and six of the past eight at home
in this series and are 7-1-1 in the previous nine meetings overall.
The Sharks will look to reverse that trend and avoid a sixth loss in seven
games on Monday night. They failed to sweep a home-and-home set with the Los
Angeles Kings, falling on the road 5-2 on Saturday.
Patrick Marleau and Matt Irwin each had a goal for the Sharks, who had beaten
the Kings 4-3 at home on Thursday. On Saturday, they lost the opener of a
five-game road trip and suffered a fourth straight loss as the guest.
Antti Niemi gave up four goals on 18 shots and was lifted halfway through the
second period. Alex Stalock gave up a goal on six shots in relief.
"It was frustrating tonight, we had chances and we didn't score," said
Marleau. "We didn't play well and need to be more consistent if we want to
make the playoffs."
Marleau's goal was his 14th of the season, but nine of those came during the
Sharks' first five games of the season.
Brent Burns, meanwhile, had two assists versus the Kings on Saturday and has
logged five points in three games since returning from injured reserve and
moving from defense to forward.
03/18 10:54:58 ET