Series (Game 3 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 9th
Game 3: Sunday, January 9th
Game 4: Wednesday, February 2nd
Game 5: Saturday, April 2nd
Game 6: Wednesday, April 6th

Sharks 0

(21-17-5, 47 pts)

Ducks 1

(23-18-4, 50 pts)

8:00 PM ET, January 9, 2011

Honda Center, Anaheim, California

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 00
ANA 0 1 01

J. Hiller (Ducks - G): Saves: 37, Save Pct.: 1.000

S. Koivu (Ducks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

B. Ryan (Ducks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Sharks-Ducks Preview


The Anaheim Ducks are taking advantage of a home-heavy portion of their schedule. The San Jose Sharks haven't been able to.

Looking to build off their most lopsided home win since 1996, the Ducks continue their six-game stretch at the Honda Center on Sunday night in a Pacific Division matchup against the Sharks, who are trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak since March.

Bouncing back from Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Nashville, Anaheim (22-18-4) routed Columbus 6-0 on Friday behind two goals apiece from Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan.

It was the Ducks' largest margin of victory at home since Dec. 20, 1996, when they defeated Calgary 7-0.

"We haven't had many of them, so the feeling is great," Ryan said after Anaheim improved to 3-1-0 on its homestand. "Guys were loose in the third period, and you need that sometimes. You need games like that to boost some confidence and hopefully get the train rolling offensively."

After going 1 for 14 on the power play in their previous five games, the Ducks converted 3 of 4 times with the man advantage against the Blue Jackets. They also killed all three penalties, and have not allowed a power-play goal in their last four contests.

"The power play and penalty kill, we know that if we can do a good job in those areas, we are going to win a lot of games," Selanne, who scored twice on the power play to end an eight-game goal-scoring drought, told the Ducks' official website.

The Sharks (21-16-5) make the first of three visits to Anaheim this season following a 2-1 loss to the Predators on Saturday that capped off an 0-3 homestand.

"You lose three in a row all at home, in this building, one of the toughest buildings in the league for a team to come in and play, it's just not right," Logan Couture said after scoring his team-leading 19th goal. "It's embarrassing to lose three in a row."

Before returning to the HP Pavilion for three more games, the Sharks will now try to avoid their first four-game skid since an 0-5-1 stretch March 13-21. That slump included a 4-2 loss March 14 in their last visit to Anaheim. San Jose had taken four consecutive meetings with the Ducks at the Honda Center prior to that contest.

San Jose has now won four of five on the road overall, but Todd McLellan's club will likely have to face surging Jonas Hiller as it tries to get its offense back on track.

Hiller, 4-1-0 with a 1.21 goals-against average in his last five starts after recording his third shutout of the season Friday, made 22 of his 39 saves in the third period and overtime of the teams' last matchup, a 3-2 Ducks victory on Nov. 9.

Sharks captain Joe Thornton, who missed that matchup while serving a two-game suspension for an illegal hit, has gone a season-high four consecutive games without a point.

Thornton has six goals and 19 points during a nine-game point streak versus Anaheim, including a season high-tying three assists in a 5-2 victory Oct. 30.