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San Jose visits Anaheim aiming to avoid three-game losing streak to start season

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (0-2-0) at DUCKS (1-0-0)



The Game 

The San Jose Sharks will try to avoid their third straight loss to start the season when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Saturday.

San Jose has not lost three straight to open a season since losing their first four games in 1993-94 when they began the season 0-8 with one tie. The Sharks are playing the second game of a back-to-back set after losing 5-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.

The Ducks won their season opener 2-1 against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. The last time Anaheim won its first two home games was 2016-17.


Players to watch

Sharks center Barclay Goodrow, who scored against the Golden Knights, had three assists in four games against the Ducks last season.

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg had seven points (two goals, five assists) in four games against the Sharks last season. 


They said it

"We're coached where to go, what to do. We're not doing it. And when someone's off, they are on their own page, then it doesn't work and that's just the way it's going." -- Sharks center Logan Couture on the power play 

"You want to put pressure on a team because there's no player in the League that's better under pressure. Some guys are better than others under pressure, but there, no one plays better under pressure, so if you can put pressure on them stuff is going to happen and we're going to get pucks back." -- Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm on the importance of successful forechecking


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Danil Yurtaykin

Lukas Radil -- Tomas Hertl -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Melker Karlsson

Lean Bergmann -- Barclay Goodrow -- Jonny Brodzinski

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson

Mario Ferraro -- Tim Heed

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Dylan Gambrell, Trevor Carrick 

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body), Jacob Middleton (undisclosed)

Suspended: Evander Kane


Ducks projected lineup

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Sam Steel -- Jakob Silfverberg

Max Jones -- Adam Henrique -- Troy Terry

Devin Shore -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Brendan Guhle -- Cam Fowler

Jacob Larsson -- Michael Del Zotto

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer, Nick Ritchie

Injured: none


Status report

Deslauriers could make his Ducks debut after Ritchie participated in an optional practice Saturday. The Ducks acquired Deslauriers from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade on June 30. … Steel did not practice Friday because of a middle-body injury. … Middleton did not return following a hit by Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves in the first period Friday. … Kane will serve the final game of a three-game suspension for physical abuse of an official during a preseason game on Sept. 29. ... Middleton was placed on injured reserve Saturday and Carrick was recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League.

Stat pack

The Sharks are 0-for-10 on the power play with three shorthanded goals allowed. … The Ducks went 2-1-1 against the Sharks last season, with each game at Honda Center going to overtime (1-0-1). … Getzlaf had five assists in four games against the Sharks last season.

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