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At the Rink: Sharks at Ducks

by Curtis Zupke

The San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks were not expected to skate before they played Wednesday at Honda Center.

Anaheim could get right wing Corey Perry back from a knee injury. Perry reportedly skated on the top line in practice Tuesday and told reporters he would make a decision Wednesday morning. He has missed the past 10 games. The Ducks sent forward Max Friberg to Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Wednesday to open a roster space.

Perry’s return would be welcome for Anaheim's offense. The Ducks enter play Wednesday 16th in goals per game, and their 23rd-ranked power play is on a 0-for-16 drought in its past six games.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf has done his part to pick up the slack. He has six goals and 19 points in 14 games without Perry. Anaheim is 8-2-5 without Perry, who had 11 goals in his first 13 games before he got the mumps.

San Jose lost 3-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. It snapped an eight-game winning streak at SAP Center and was the first time the Sharks lost two in a row in regulation since Nov. 9-11.

Here are the expected lineups:


Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels

Barclay Goodrow - James Sheppard - Melker Karlsson

Micheal Haley - Andrew Desjardins - Matt Nieto

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon - Brent Burns

Scott Hannan - Matt Tennyson

Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Tye McGinn

Suspended: John Scott

Injured: Tyler Kennedy (shoulder), Mike Brown (leg)


Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Devante Smith-Pelly

Andrew Cogliano - Nate Thompson - Jakob Silfverberg

Rene Bourque - Rickard Rakell - Emerson Etem

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Ilya Bryzgalov

Scratched: Mark Fistric, Colby Robak

Injured: Kyle Palmieri (shoulder), Tim Jackman (upper body), Eric Brewer (foot)

Status report: The Ducks reportedly mixed up their lines in practice Tuesday. Maroon was back on the top line and Bourque and Etem were on the fourth line. … Andersen has started 23 of 24 games. … Palmieri and Jackman reportedly skated Tuesday but it is unclear when they might play again. … Niemi is expected to start after Stalock played Tuesday.

Who’s hot: Pavelski leads the Sharks with 17 goals and has scored in all three games against the Ducks this season. … Getzlaf is on an eight-game point streak, with four goals and nine assists; it's the longest active streak in the NHL. … Andersen's 10 wins in December are a Ducks record for wins in a single month.

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