NHL Grind Down: Saturday, November 7th - Page Three

Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks – 10:30 PM EST

Anaheim Ducks San Jose Sharks
Frederik Andersen Martin Jones
Record Record
3-7 7-6
Team Stats 1.33 2.50 10.80% 90.50% Team Stats 2.85 2.69 13.20% 75.00%

The Anaheim Ducks had Ryan Getzlaf return to the lineup last night against Columbus and his impact was immediately felt. Getzlaf and linemate Corey Perry each had 3 assists en route to a 4-2 victory. Perry has 6 points over his last 5 games and the Ducks have now won 3 in a row to bring their record to 4-7-2 on the season. It appears Anaheim has turned the page on their awful start and you should take full advantage of the fact that you can roster Perry and Getzlaf at reasonable price points across the industry against the San Jose Sharks tonight. Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler, and Hampus Lindholm are all talented options from the Anaheim blueline that see power-play time. The Sharks have been horrible on the penalty-kill this season (75%) and it wouldn’t be remotely surprising to see Anaheim convert with the man advantage.

San Jose hosts a surging Anaheim Ducks team tonight in a rivalry game that should be hotly contested. The Sharks have been impressive offensively to start the year, generating more high danger scoring chances than any other team in the league. Joe Pavelski leads the club with 13 points in 13 games while Brent Burns has been a stud on the blueline, notching 10 points over the same span. Joel Ward and Patrick Marleau have found excellent chemistry in Logan Couture absence and the second line has been contributing night in and night out. The match-up against Anaheim is quite poor, however, even with the Ducks playing on the back-to-back. Despite their terrible start, Anaheim has been defensively solid all year and the Ducks possess the best penalty kill in the league (90.9%). Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau has yet to announce a starting goaltender for tonight’s game, but if Anton Khudobin is in for Frederik Andersen, the match-up is much better for the Sharks.

Elite Plays

ANA: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry
SJS: Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns

Secondary Plays

ANA: Ryan Kesler, Chris Stewart, Sami Vatanen
SJS: Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Joel Ward

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