After a nine-day break, the Ducks are back in action tonight against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center. (7:30 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). The Ducks open their post-bye week/All-Star break riding a two-game winning streak, having last played on Jan. 17 at Carolina (2-1 overtime victory).
Yesterday the Ducks recalled forwards Chase De Leo, Max Jones and Troy Terry from the San Diego Gulls, and reassigned forward Blake Pietila. Fully recovered from a broken bone below his kneecap in a game at Philadelphia on Dec. 17, Terry posted 10 points (3g/7a) in seven games with the Gulls prior to his recall. The 22-year-old right wing took rushes alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell yesterday in practice.
Tonight marks the third meeting of the season between the Ducks and Sharks, which has seen the clubs split the first two at Honda Center. It opened with a 3-1 Ducks victory on Oct. 5 and followed with a 5-3 Sharks win on Nov. 14. Rakell (1g/1a), Adam Henrique (1g/1a), Jakob Silfverberg (1g/1a) and Ondrej Kase (2a) co-lead the Ducks in scoring this season against the Sharks, while Getzlaf leads active NHL skaters in career scoring and assists vs. San Jose with 62 points (13g/49a) in 75 games. The Ducks own a 65-62-15 all-time record vs. San Jose, including a 32-31-7 mark at SAP Center.
San Jose enters tonight's game riding a three-game losing streak, and has gone 4-5-1 in its last 10. Logan Couture (14g/22a) and Erik Karlsson (5g/31a) co-lead the Sharks with 36 points apiece, while Evander Kane (19g/16a) and Tomas Hertl (15g/20a) rank tied for second with 35. Hertl made his first NHL All-Star appearance on Saturday night and scored four goals in a single game - an NHL record for the 3-on-3 format - including the game-winning tally in the championship for the Pacific Division.