NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, April 5th (All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (51-16-11) at Anaheim Ducks (41-32-6), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will continue to fight for a playoff berth tonight when they host the San Jose Sharks for the finale of a home-and- home series at the Honda Center.
The Ducks are currently seventh in the Western Conference with 88 points and trail Columbus, which is hosting Chicago today, by one point. Anaheim is also just two points ahead of Nashville and St. Louis, who are tied for the West's eighth and final postseason berth.
The Sharks, meanwhile, have already clinched the Pacific Division title and are now trying to secure the West's top seed and home-ice advantage throughout the conference playoffs. With a franchise-record 113 points, San Jose is six points ahead of Detroit, which is hosting Minnesota today and has a game in hand over the Sharks.
San Jose is also one point ahead of Boston in the race for the Presidents' Trophy, which is awarded annually to the team with the league's best record.
The Ducks recorded a decisive victory in San Jose on Saturday, pounding the Sharks by a 5-2 count. Bobby Ryan scored twice and Ryan Getzlaf dished out four assists as Anaheim handled the Sharks.
Getzlaf broke the team record for assists in a season with 64. He has two goals and 10 assists during a five-game point streak.
Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, and Mike Brown also scored for the Ducks, who have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games. Jonas Hiller stopped 28 shots to extend his winning streak to seven games, which ties a club mark.
Anaheim has tallied 20 goals during its four consecutive triumphs.
Joe Thornton and Milan Michalek lit the lamp for the Sharks, who had a three- game winning streak snapped. Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 22 shots in the loss.
San Jose has won three of five meetings with the Ducks this year and tonight marks the final regular season encounter between the clubs. The Sharks have taken five of the last seven matchups overall and have also won two of three and three of their last five in Anaheim.
The Sharks have a 20-12-7 record as the guest this season, while Anaheim is 19-17-3 as the host.
04/05 11:04:43 ET