ANAHEIM, Calif. --
If the San Jose Sharks
didn't have motivation already, there is a lingering subplot to Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks
Anaheim dealt San Jose a big blow with a 5-3 victory at HP Pavilion on March 19. That gave the Ducks four wins in five meetings this season.
"I remember the feeling afterward and obviously we were not very thrilled with our performance and some of the things that happened throughout that game," defenseman Dan Boyle
said. "It's pretty fresh in our minds. But again, it's a new day, a new game and we've got to bring a better effort."
Said San Jose coach Todd McLellan
, "It's fresh enough (in our minds), and we're 1-4 against this team. That's really hurt our opportunity to be a successful team this year, is just our record against Anaheim alone. That's not any disrespect to them.
"We've talked to our guys about not letting their guard down. This is a team that's had our number, that's played better than we have and deserved to win the games, and something we're going to have to try and correct it tonight."
Galiardi to return: TJ Galiardi
is expected to return after he missed six games with an upper-body injury.
"I believe he's healthy and there's a good chance he can play," McLellan said.
Galiardi went a step further and said he will play with Dominic Moore
and Torrey Mitchell
. He said their role is to be solid defensively and generate a cycle at the other end.
"We're all pretty good at controlling the puck down there," Galiardi said. "We're not going to score too many highlight reel goals. It's just going to be greasy ones."
Here's the projected lineup for the Sharks:
- Joe Thornton
- Joe Pavelski
- Logan Couture
- Martin Havlat
- Torrey Mitchell
- TJ Galiardi
- Andrew Desjardins
- Tommy Wingels
- Marc-Edouard Vlasic
- Brent Burns
- Jason Demers