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Sharks aim to extend home winning streak vs. Ducks

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com

DUCKS (4-7-2) at SHARKS (7-6-0)

TV: FS-W, CSN-CA

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks will try to extend their home winning streak against the Anaheim Ducks to nine games Saturday when they meet at SAP Center.

The Sharks, who went 4-0-1 overall against the reigning Pacific Division champions last season, beat Anaheim 2-0 on Oct. 10 in their home opener and the Ducks' season opener.

The Ducks started the season 1-7-2, but they've won their past three games, and the Sharks expect a much tougher test from Anaheim than they got last month.

"We know these guys are a good team," Sharks forward Mike Brown said. "They struggled in the beginning, but we know who they have, their personnel, and it was just a matter of time before they got hot and found their way."

Ducks forward Corey Perry scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout victory against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday and had three assists Friday in a 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Center Ryan Getzlaf returned to the lineup Friday after missing four games while recovering from an appendectomy and had three assists.

"Their big boys got on the scoresheet last night, so they'll be dangerous," Sharks defenseman Mark Vlasic said.

Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he knows better than to read much into Anaheim's poor record.

"Everybody knew they were going to be a better team," DeBoer said. "It was just a matter of time. Goaltending's been very good for them lately, which breeds confidence in the other areas of your play. You feel better about taking an extra chance or hanging in offensively an extra second when you're getting those types of saves.

"They're starting to get a little bit of their swagger back. You can see that. They're a very deep team. You put their lineup on the board and that's as solid a team as you're going to find in the NHL. We've got to be prepared."

The Sharks are coming off an impressive 5-2 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. After opening the season with four straight wins, San Jose has gone 3-6-0 and hasn't had another winning streak.

"Those are the teams that make it far, the ones that win and keep winning," Brown said. "Keep that streak. We've kind of been up and down a little bit, but for us, these points early in the season are huge."

Brown will return to the lineup after missing one game with an eye injury he sustained during a first-period fight against the Blue Jackets' Gregory Campbell. He'll wear a protective cage for the first time since he was in college.

"Kind of a little elbow on a right jab when he got me right in the eye," Brown said. "That was pretty much it. Just take precautions, safety-wise, a few days off to let it heal up a bit. So wear the cage and good to go."

No. 1 goaltender Martin Jones, who backed up Alex Stalock against Florida, will return to the starting lineup. In his last start against Columbus, Jones gave up three goals and was pulled after the second period of a 5-2 loss.

The Ducks, who are playing the second game in a back-to-back, did not have a morning skate, and they haven't revealed who will start in goal against San Jose. Frederik Andersen has started seven straight games and made 34 saves against Columbus.

Andersen is 3-5-2 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. Ducks backup goaltender Anton Khudobin is 1-2-0 with a 4.06 GAA and .875 save percentage.

Here are the projected lineups:

DUCKS

Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Carl Hagelin - Ryan Kesler - Chris Stewart

Andrew Cogliano - Shawn Horcoff - Jakob Silfverberg

Chris Wagner - Mike Santorelli - Max Friberg

Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa

Cam Fowler - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Frederik Andersen

Anton Khudobin

Injured: Rickard Rakell (upper body), Nate Thompson (shoulder) Simon Despres (upper body), Jim Sekac (ankle)

Scratched: Korbinian Holzer

SHARKS

Joonas Donskoi - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau - Tomas Hertl - Joel Ward

Nikolay Goldobin - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels

Matt Nieto - Micheal Haley - Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Paul Martin - Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon - Matt Tennyson

Martin Jones

Alex Stalock

Injured: Logan Couture (broken leg), Ben Smith (head)

Scratched: Bryan Lerg, Mark Cundari

Status report: Lerg will be out of the lineup after playing three straight games without a point. The Sharks recalled Cundari from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League, but the defenseman is expected to be a healthy scratch. … The Ducks assigned forward Harry Zolnierczyk to San Diego of the AHL.

Who's hot: Perry has one goal and four points over his past two games. Manson had his first career NHL goal on Friday against Columbus. … Pavelski has six goals in his past six games and has a seven-game point streak (six goals, two assists). … Marleau has one goal and three assists over his past four games. He needs three points to reach 1,000 for his career.

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