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Fowler likely back for Anaheim; San Jose in search of scoring

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

DUCKS (9-7-3) at SHARKS (10-8-0)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler, who has missed the past 12 games with a knee injury, will be a game-time decision against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Monday. Fowler, who returned to practice Saturday, was on the ice for an optional morning skate Monday.

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle did not name a starting goalie after John Gibson made a season-high 50 saves in a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers at Honda Center on Sunday. If not Gibson, Reto Berra, who has made three appearances but no starts, would play.

The Sharks have lost two straight games, including 3-1 to the Boston Bruins on Saturday, and have scored two or fewer goals in five of their past six.

 

Players to watch

Ducks defenseman Josh Manson has scored a goal each of his past two games after not scoring in his first 17 games this season.

Sharks goaltender Martin Jones has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 10 of his past 11 games.

 

They said it

"We've worked extremely hard at it and spent a lot of time on it, and some people would say we spent too much time on it, of practicing, but we didn't believe that." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on the improving power play

"We're getting some very good chances. Some guys aren't putting the puck in the back of the net. There's only so much the coaches can do. If you're getting chances, you got to score." -- Sharks center Logan Couture

 

Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Derek Grant -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Chris Wagner -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Antoine Vermette -- Kevin Roy

Mike Liambas -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Brandon Montour

Sami Vatanen -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Francois Beauchemin, Jaycob Megna, Korbinian Holzer

Injured: Ryan Miller (lower body), Ryan Getzlaf (face), Patrick Eaves (illness), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Jared Boll (lower body), Ondrej Kase (upper body)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Kevin Labanc -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Joonas Donskoi -- Logan Couture -- Tomas Hertl

Mikkel Boedker -- Chris Tierney -- Jannik Hansen

Timo Meier -- Danny O'Regan -- Joel Ward

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Dylan DeMelo

Injured: Paul Martin (ankle), Barclay Goodrow (upper body), Melker Karlsson (upper body)

 

Status report

Labanc will replace Karlsson in the lineup. ... Jones will make his 14th start of the season. ... Liambas is expected to play his second straight game.

 

Stat pack

The Ducks have gone 5-for-11 (45.5 percent) on the power play over their past four games.

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