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#81 Anaheim Ducks 5.5 vs.
#82 San Jose Sharks -145
Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:35pm EST
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose
Written by Valdis Pans

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Having triumphed in two consecutive outings, the Anaheim Ducks (7th in Pacific Division) are hoping to continue in the same vein when paying a visit to the San Jose Sharks (6th in Pacific), who are riding a three-game losing run…

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Ducks Eyeing Third Straight Win

The first outing of the Anaheim Ducks (19-24-5) following the NHL All-Star break will round off the team’s current five-game road trip (2-2-0), with the side hoping to win its third consecutive contest while visiting San Jose. Prior to victories at the Nashville Predators (4-2) and the Carolina Hurricanes (2-1 in overtime), the Ducks had dropped four straight decisions (0-4-0) and had just one victory in eight games (1-6-1). Anaheim is 7th in the Pacific Division with 43 points from 48 matchups, having recorded an 8-15-2 total on the road. Ryan Getzlaf leads the team with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists), while Jakob Silfverberg (29 points) and Adam Henrique (25 points) have banked the most goals (15 each).

After 36 starts thus far this rolling year, goalie John Gibson has posted a 14-19-3 total for the season with a 2.96 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He has registered a 5-2-4 previous total against the San Jose Sharks with a 2.63 GAA and a .921 save percentage. The Ducks, meanwhile, are netting the 2nd lowest quantity of goals per game (2.46), while giving up the 13th highest amount defensively (3.10). They are 28th in power play with a 15.0% success rate and 24th in penalty kill with 77.8% proficiency.

Sharks Eager To Snap Skid

A three-game road losing streak (0-3-0) brings the San Jose Sharks (21-25-4) to the first contest of their upcoming three-date homestand, with the team hoping to recover following defeats at the Arizona Coyotes (6-3), Colorado Avalanche (4-0) and Vancouver Canucks (4-1). Prior to the skid, the Sharks had triumphed in two consecutive contests, which still have marked their only wins in their last seven matchups (2-4-1). San Jose sits 6th in the Pacific Division with 46 points from 50 outings, boasting a 13-11-1 record on home ice. Logan Couture (14 goals, 22 assists) and Erik Karlsson (5 goals, 31 assists) lead the squad with 36 points each, while Evander Kane (35 points) has picked up the most goals (19).

Goalie Aaron Dell is entering the upcoming fixture, having gone 8-9-2 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.90 GAA and a .909 save percentage. He has posted a 1-1-1 career record versus Anaheim with a 3.03 GAA and a .899 save percentage, while Martin Jones (13-16-2 on the year with a 3.22 GAA and a .891 save percentage) is 9-9-1 against the Ducks in past encounters with a 2.09 GAA and a .920 save percentage. The Sharks are 4th in the least goals scored per game (2.56), 4th in most goals allowed on average (3.32), 25th in power play (16.7%) and top of the league in penalty kill (87.7%).

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Four of the last six encounters between the two sides in San Jose have finished with victories for Anaheim, which has had a tough season so far overall but has started performing quite well on the road lately, winning its last two travels. The Ducks will try to make three wins out of three when visiting the Sharks, who have been regressing lately, showing uninspired performances on too many occasions. The Men of Teal have picked up eight defeats in their previous nine meetings with teams from the Western Conference and are 1-6 in their last seven matchups following defeats by a margin of at least three snipes. Anaheim is hardly one of the best sides in the NHL at the moment, currently sitting 5th from the bottom in the whole league. Still, the team currently has plenty of confidence following away wins against the Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes and has already beaten San Jose in two of the past three meetings.

Prediction: Anaheim Ducks (+125)

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Five of the last six head-to-head clashes between San Jose and Anaheim have all gone past the set goal-mark, averaging seven strikes per fixture. So another outing, that will see at least six markers on the scoreboard, is definitely on the cards here! Four of the previous five Monday games of the Sharks have already ended up on the high-scoring side, while seven of the last eight contests of the Ducks against teams from the Pacific Division have all cruised over the total.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...