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Ducks aim to extend home streak against Sharks

by Brian Compton

SHARKS (12-9-6) at DUCKS (20-3-4)


Last 10: San Jose 4-3-3; Anaheim 7-0-3.

Season series: This is the third of five meetings. The teams have split the first two games, with each team winning its game on home ice.

Big story: One team is running away with the Pacific Division, while the other is fighting simply to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Bruce Boudreau’s Ducks have lost only three times in regulation all season, while Todd McLellan’s Sharks are still trying to find consistency.

Team scope:

Sharks: McLellan was livid after his club’s most recent performance – a 5-2 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday. San Jose is 1-3-2 in its past six outings and has been outscored 16-7 in the past four.

Saturday’s loss meant the Sharks had to settle for a split of their home-and-home series with the Kings after they beat the defending Stanley Cup champs 4-3 on Thursday at HP Pavilion.

"How frigging disappointing is that?" McLellan said after Saturday’s loss. "We play against the Stanley Cup champions back-to-back. We're lucky enough to win one in San Jose. We come here and you got to think they'd to be champing at the bit and be ready to go, and they're going to push you, and what a great opportunity for our team to test themselves collectively, but also individually: Do I belong in the NHL? When I look across, can I outplay the guy that I line up against? We had a lot of passengers. So disappointing. So disappointing."

Ducks: Anaheim returns to the Honda Center on Monday to begin a five-game homestand after going 2-0-1 on a three-game road trip. The only bump took place Saturday, when the Ducks suffered a 2-1 overtime loss against the St. Louis Blues.

Anaheim has won its last 11 games at home.

"For the team just to play as good as they've been playing consistently is pretty amazing to me," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau told The Associated Press.

Who’s hot: Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau each have four-game point streaks. … Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller stopped 63 of 65 on the first two games of the trip before making 19 saves in Saturday’s loss. He’s won six straight on home ice.

Injury report: Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss (back) is on injured reserve, while forward Martin Havlat (lower body) is day-to-day. … Ducks forward Brad Staubitz (facial laceration) is practicing while wearing a visor, but is still on injured reserve, along with forward Nick Bonino (lower body).

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