SHARKS (19-13-5) at DUCKS (24-8-6)
TV: CSN-CA, FS-W
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
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
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.