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Anaheim forward Cogliano to play 800th consecutive game; San Jose goes for fourth straight win

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

DUCKS (6-6-1) AT SHARKS (7-5-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, PRIME, NHL.TV


The Game

Forward Andrew Cogliano is expected to play his 800th consecutive game, extending the fourth-longest streak in NHL history, when the Anaheim Ducks face the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Cogliano leads the Ducks in scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists).

The Ducks are coming off a 5-3 home loss to the Nashville Predators on Friday. Anaheim did not have a morning skate before the second of back-to-back games, but it's likely that goaltender Ryan Miller will make his second start of the season.

The Sharks will try to extend their season-high three-game winning streak without defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. He was injured during the third period of San Jose's 4-1 victory against Nashville on Wednesday when he was hit in the head along the boards by center Ryan Johansen. Dylan DeMelo will replace Vlasic.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Ondrej Kase has two goals and one assist in a three-game point streak.

Sharks captain Joe Pavelski has a goal in each of his past two games. He is one goal shy of 300 for his NHL career.


They said it

"The days of hollering and screaming and that are over. That has to be internally brought out from them too. If they're not going to find ways to stimulate themselves, then we're going to have to find some ways to shock some people or do some things that normally the players don't like." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on what he can do to spur his team to better starts

"I know they've got some key guys out. The thing about this league is, it doesn't matter. You have to find a way. The one thing about them is they're still finding a way to win games. There's a reason they went as deep as they did last year is they got a lot of depth." -- Sharks coach Pete DeBoer on facing the injury-depleted Ducks


Ducks projected lineup

Andrew Cogliano -- Rickard Rakell -- Corey Perry

Chris Wagner -- Derek Grant -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Ondrej Kase

Logan Shaw -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Jared Boll

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Sami Vatanen -- Kevin Bieksa

Ryan Miller

Josh Gibson

Scratched: Kalle Kossila, Korbinian Holzer, Jaycob Megna

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (face), Cam Fowler (knee), Ryan Kesler (hip), Patrick Eaves (illness)


Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Melker Karlsson -- Logan Couture -- Tomas Hertl

Joonas Donskoi -- Chris Tierney -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Barclay Goodrow -- Joel Ward

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Dylan DeMelo -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: , Jannik Hansen, Ryan Carpenter

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (head)


Status report

Carlyle shuffled his top three lines early in the second period against Nashville and could stick with that alignment, which produced three goals. … Carpenter stayed on the ice for extra work and will be scratched, with Goodrow making his second start of the season. There's a chance Karlsson could drop down to center the fourth line. Martin skated again but remains on injured reserve. Vlasic skated lightly and took shots on his own.


Stat pack

Perry has 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) in 65 career games against the Sharks.

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