NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, December 20th
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (15-13-6) at San Jose Sharks (14-13-4), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and San Jose Sharks will
complete a home-and-home series this evening, as they battle at HP Pavilion.
The Mighty Ducks earned a win in the opener on Sunday, handing San Jose its
first loss since acquiring Joe Thornton in a trade with Boston late last
Rob and Scott Niedermayer teamed up for the game-winning goal midway through
the third period, as Anaheim earned a 5-4 victory at The Pond.
Both Niedermayer brothers finished with a goal and an assist while Jean-
Sebastien Giguere made 30 saves for the Mighty Ducks, who rebounded from
Friday's 4-3 shootout defeat to Los Angeles with a narrow victory.
The Ducks were once again without defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh in the victory.
Ozolinsh has been sidelined the last nine games, but has rejoined the team in
practice. He is questionable for tonight's tilt.
Rookie Grant Stevenson netted a pair of goals and Patrick Marleau scored once
while assisting on another in the setback, the Sharks' first in seven games
since Thornton joined the team.
Thornton did post an assist in the loss to extend his point streak to 13
games. The string, which dates back to his time with the Bruins, is the
longest current tear in the NHL. Thornton has five goals and 16 assists during
Marleau also has a point in seven straight games, posting three goals and 13
assists in the string.
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 29 of 34 shots for San Jose. Nabokov had won his
previous four starts.
The Sharks are 8-3-2 this season, while Anaheim is 3-7-3 as the visiting team.
These teams have played twice in Anaheim this season and split those games.
The Sharks have won five of the last seven encounters, including two straight
at home. The Ducks have dropped four of seven and seven of its last 11 at the
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