The NHL is set up with an action packed day of hockey throughout Saturday. Six games are up on the board throughout February 6. One of these matchups will be between the San Jose Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks. These two teams have not had great starts to the new campaign, but will look to bounce back with a victory on Saturday. This game will start at around 10:00 PM Easter time on ESPN+.
San Jose has earned a record of 4-5 so far this season, which has them sitting in seventh place of the West Division. The Sharks have struggled a bit as of late, but are coming off a win in their first game in eight days on Friday night. San Jose has been inconsistent throughout the early stretches of this season, but will look to sweep Anaheim with a win in this one.
The Ducks have gone 4-5-3 throughout the early part of this season, which has them in fifth place of the West Division. Anaheim lost on Friday night and have lost four of their last five. The Ducks have been able to keep their games close, losing three times in overtime or shootout. Anaheim will look to finish better on Saturday night though as they look for a win.
These two teams have struggled throughout the early part of this season, but will look for a big win in this one. San Jose and Anaheim met up last night as well, so both teams will look to avoid a slow start in this one. If either team can take over early in this matchup though, it could be enough to propel them to a big win on Saturday night.
The Sharks and the Ducks met up three times throughout last season. Anaheim hosted the first game on October 5. Logan Couture scored for San Jose on the night, but it was not enough. Ondrej Kase had two assists on the night. Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique all scored for the Ducks as well. John Gibson stopped 35 of 36 shots to help Anaheim earn a 3-1 win.
The second game stayed in Anaheim on November 14. Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silverberg each scored a goal and an assist, but the Ducks came up short. Tomas Hertl had two goals, while Brent Burns, Logan Couture and Evander Kane all had a goal and an assist. Timo Meier earned two assists and Martin Jones turned away 29 of 32 shots as the Sharks won 5-3.
San Jose hosted the final game of last season’s series on January 27. Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie each scored for the Ducks, but Anaheim could not win this one. Patrick Marleau and Stefan Noesen each had two goals for the Sharks. Aaron Dell was able to stop 26 of 28 shots to help lead San Jose to a nice 4-2 win at home.
The first game of this season’s series was on February 5 in Anaheim. Max Comtois had two goals, while Troy Terry had a goal and an assist. Derek Grant added two assists for the Ducks as well. Evander Kane and Brent Burns both had a goal and an assist as the Sharks came back in the third period. Ryan Donato and Kevin Labanc both scored in the shootout as San Jose won 5-4.
The Sharks power play has not been great this season, but their penalty kill has been solid. San Jose has capitalized on 6 of their 37 power play opportunities, which is 16.2 percent success rate. The Sharks have been able to kill off 29 of their opponents 34 power play chances, which is an 85.3 percent penalty kill. San Jose will look to improve on the power play in this one.
Anaheim’s power play has not been doing well at all this season, but have also had some success on the penalty kill. The Ducks have scored 2 power play goals on 27 attempts, which is a 7.4 percent power play. Anaheim has given up 5 goals on 35 penalties against, which is an 85.7 percent kill rate. The Ducks need to find a way to get the power play going.
These two teams have struggled on the power play this season, but San Jose has a slight edge. If the Ducks can get going on the power play, it could give them an edge in this one. The Sharks will look to continue to keep Anaheim’s power play quiet on Saturday night. I expect both teams to try and come out quickly in this one as they look for a win.
Devan Dubnyk will likely get the nod in the net for San Jose on Saturday night. Dubnyk has played in five games this season, putting up a record of 0-3 through those starts. He has put up a .902 save percentage and a GAA of 3.23 through those games. Dubnyk’s last start was against the Colorado Avalanche, where he turned away 35 of 38 shots in the loss.
I expect Ryan Miller to get the start in the crease for the Ducks in this one. Miller has started in only one game this season, but jumped in another. He lost that start to the Minnesota Wild. He has earned a save percentage of .893 and a 3.13 GAA through his two games played. Miller’s last outing was stepping in for Gibson after he was pulled, stopping 21 of 24 shots in the loss.
These two goalies have been struggling a bit coming in as the backup this season. Dubnyk has been a bit better with his stats this season. These two teams met up last night as well, which will likely lead to the backups getting the start. If either goalie can have a strong start on Saturday night, it could be enough to help propel their team to a win.
The Ducks are coming into this matchup after a tough loss on Friday night to the Sharks. Anaheim gave up a lead late and ultimately lost it in the shootout. The Ducks power play has been pretty much nonexistent this season, but that will not hold up all season. If Anaheim can get some momentum in this one, I think they can earn the win.
BetOnline has the Ducks listed as a -105 against the money line in this one. This gives even odds to both teams coming into this one. I think that Anaheim should be favored by a bit more being at home in this one. This gives a lot of value to the Ducks entering this one. I think that Anaheim can come out hot in this one as they look for a quick turnaround on Saturday night.