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The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks meet Saturday in NHL action at the SAP Center. The Anaheim Ducks look to snap an eight-game losing streak. The San Jose Sharks look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Anaheim Ducks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Troy Terry leads Anaheim with 30 goals, Trevor Zegras has 31 assists and Kevin Shattenkirk has 131 shots on goal. Defensively, the Anaheim Ducks are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. John Gibson has given up 141 goals on 1,474 shots faced, and Anthony Stolarz has allowed 50 goals on 614 shots.
The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 18.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Timo Meier leads San Jose with 27 goals, Brent Burns has 35 assists and Thomas Hertl has 175 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 85.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Adin Hill has allowed 61 goals on 648 shots faced, and James Reimer has allowed 98 goals on 1,161 shots.
The Ducks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games and 10-25 in their last 35 overall. The Sharks are 8-0 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 6-15 in their last 21 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Ducks last 5 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Sharks last 4 overall. The Ducks are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Anaheim Ducks have had success against the Sharks in recent meetings, but I’m not sure how anybody can back them in their current form. The Ducks haven’t won a game in three weeks, and their defense has been getting rocked during this stretch. The San Jose Sharks aren’t the most trustworthy team in the world, but there’s a lot more to like than what the Ducks have going on, especially at home. Give me the Sharks.