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Preview: Ducks Look to End Homestand on a Positive Note vs. San Jose

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

The Ducks put the final touches on a seven-game homestand tonight as they face the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center. (7 p.m. PT, TV: KCOP-13, Radio: AM 830). This marks the club's 1,000th all-time regular season game in Anaheim - 26 years after the first-ever Ducks game here on Oct. 8, 1993 vs. Detroit. Over the last 26 years and through 999 games at Honda Center, the Ducks have posted a 537-329-133 all-time record (excluding "home" neutral site games).

To commemorate the 1,000th regular season game in Anaheim, the Ducks are offering a special 1993 ticket price of $22 in select locations and a hot dog and 16 oz. beer combo for $10. Click here for specially priced tickets.

The Ducks are looking to finish the homestand on a positive note after dropping the previous four, including a 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday vs. Detroit. Despite starting the homestand with two straight victories, the Ducks have since gone 0-2-2. Following tonight's matchup, the Ducks will hit the road for four games beginning Saturday against the Blues. Then, they'll face the Washington Capitals on Monday before games next Thursday against the Florida Panthers and next Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This is the second game of a four-game season series between Anaheim and San Jose, which opened with a 3-1 Ducks victory on Oct. 5 at Honda Center. The Ducks own a 65-61-15 all-time record vs. the Sharks along with a 33-30-8 mark at home. They've picked up points in eight of the last nine home games vs. San Jose, earning 13 of a possible 18 standings points. Ryan Getzlaf leads active NHL skaters in career scoring and career assists vs. the Sharks with 62 points (13g/49a) in 74 games.

San Jose is slowing climbing up the standings thanks to a season-high four-game winning streak. The Sharks enter the game with an 8-10-1 record, three points behind the Ducks. They earned a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, capping off a perfect four-game homestand that included victories over the Nashville Predators (2-1 shootout win), Minnesota Wild (6-5) and Chicago Blackhawks (4-2).

Tomas Hertl leads the Sharks this season in points (19) and ranks second in goals (8) and fourth in assists (11). The 26-year-old center is riding a four-game point streak amassing seven points (4g/3a) over that span. Taking on the lion's share of work in goal this season has been Martin Jones, who is 6-7-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in 15 appearances.

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