The San Jose Sharks travel to the Honda Center to face the Anaheim Ducks for the third time.
After another subpar homestand, the San Jose Sharks appear to be in good position as they begin a road-heavy stretch in the schedule.
That’s because the Sharks have won seven in a row away from home heading into Friday night’s matchup with the struggling Anaheim Ducks.
The San Jose Sharks will be looking to get back in the win column after suffering a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the SAP Center on Tuesday night. The Penguins had not won at San Jose since 1987 but were dominant at both ends of the ice with Phil Kessel scoring twice while Matt Cullen and David Perron also tallied. Evgeni Malkin scored and logged a pair of assists with Chris Kunitz also logging a pair of helpers to make a winner of Marc-Andre Fleury and his 33 stops for the 14-8-2 Pens. The Sharks lone goal came off the stick of Patrick Marleau while Martin Jones allowed four goals on 28 shots to fall to 14-10-0.
The Anaheim Ducks struggled to get going at the offensive end of the ice and it cost them a 2-1 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at the Honda Center. The Lightning received a goal from Jonathan Marchessault with Jonathan Drouin also finding the back of the net and adding an assist. Ben Bishop was outstanding between the pipes who recorded 32 stops to lift Tampa Bay to 12-11-3 while improving to 6-0-1 lifetime against Anaheim. The Ducks goal came from Corey Perry but netminder John Gibson couldn’t win it on his own with a 20 save effort still a losing one as the Ducks fell to 9-12-5.
The over is 6-0-2 in Sharks last 8 games playing on 2 days rest and the Sharks are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the over is 4-0 in Sharks last 4 overall. The under is 3-0-2 in Ducks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and the Ducks are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while going 3-13 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest.