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Ducks, Sharks get back to work

Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks

  1. The Ducks and Sharks have split their two games this season, both in Anaheim. The Ducks have scored exactly one first-period goal in each of their last seven meetings with the Sharks, taking the initial lead in six of seven games. However, San Jose has come back to win three of those six games.
  2. The Ducks finished the first half of the season with back-to-back wins on the road, their first consecutive road wins within a season since January 2019. Anaheim held Carolina to one goal its last time out, its first time allowing one goal or fewer since before American Thanksgiving (3-0 win over NYI on November 25).
  3. The Sharks lost three consecutive games on the road heading into the All-Star Break. However, San Jose won its only two home games in January and its last home game of December, outscoring opponents 11-3 across those three games (10-1 in even-strength action).
  4. Ryan Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 33 points (11g, 22a) this season, the exact same number of points he had at the All-Star Break last season. Getzlaf has 49 career assists against the Sharks. The only player in NHL history to record 50 or more career assists against San Jose is Nicklas Lidstrom (52).
  5. Erik Karlsson is tied with Logan Couture for the team lead in points this season with 36 (5g, 31a). He, John Carlson (Was, 60) and Roman Josi (Nsh, 48) are the only defensemen leading their team in points this season. Fellow blueliner Brent Burns led the Sharks in points in each of the previous three seasons.
  6. The Sharks have averaged 11.2 penalty minutes per game this season, second most in the NHL. The Ducks have averaged 11.1 penalty minutes per game this season, third most in the league. However, San Jose has the best penalty kill in the NHL at 87.7 percent, while Anaheim's penalty kill is 24th at 77.8.

The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks entered their bye weeks spinning in opposite directions. Still, they do share one common trait -- both teams hope to play considerably better the rest of the season.

They'll get their first opportunity when the Ducks visit the Sharks on Monday night after both teams enjoyed their mandatory bye week followed by the All-Star weekend.

Anaheim won its final two games before the break for its first two-game winning streak since Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

The Sharks lost their final three games before the break by a combined score of 14-4, keeping them at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with the Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.

"We're not feeling great going into this break," Sharks forward Timo Meier told reporters following a 4-1 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 18. "Coming back from the break, we have to be ready to give everything we've got and push for it."

The Sharks continue to struggle with goaltending. They finished last in the NHL in save percentage (.889) last season and they've only slightly improved to 29th (.891) this season.

Scoring goals continues to be an elusive part of the game for the Ducks, who are 30th out of 31 NHL teams at 2.46 goals a game after finishing last in that category last season at 2.39.

Anaheim fired coach Randy Carlyle last February and general manager Bob Murray finished out the season behind the bench before handing the reigns to Dallas Eakins.

Eakins had brought success to the organization's American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego but is facing many of the same obstacles that plagued the Carlyle-led Ducks.

"Would we like to be higher in the standings? Absolutely," Eakins told reporters before the bye. "Should our record be better than it is? I think it should be, too."

He's hoping the two-game winning streak before the break will provide a springboard.

"It leaves us with lots to think about," he said. "Those things we did in those games, that compete level, that commitment to a man, I think that will be going through all of our heads during the break. ... When we reconvene, we'll be showing a lot of positive stuff (on video). Hey, this is what worked. Let's remember what that standard was for those two games."

Anaheim continues to get solid play from its most veteran player, forward Ryan Getzlaf.

The team captain had three assists in the final two games before the break to give him a team-leading 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists). He's on pace to score the most goals since totaling 25 in the 2014-15 season.

Jakob Silfverberg also is having a strong season for Anaheim. He has 15 goals to co-lead on the team with Adam Henrique. Silfverberg was the lone All-Star selection for the Ducks, but he did not play while awaiting the birth of his child.

San Jose forward Tomas Hertl also has 15 goals. He participated in Saturday's All-Star Game and scored five goals in two games within the game.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 26, 2020

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