SHARKS (14-10-0) at DUCKS (9-12-5)
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ANAHEIM -- The San Jose Sharks will have a bit of a special weapon in the lineup when they face the Anaheim Ducks on Friday at Honda Center and try to win their eighth straight on the road.
Left wing Micheal Haley has six shots on goal and zero points in seven games but the Sharks are 3-0-0 on the road with him in the lineup.
Haley was recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League on Friday and skated on the fourth line with center Dainius Zubrus and right wing Mike Brown.
"We're playing a big, physical team," DeBoer said. "I looked at our road record from the last trip with Haley in the lineup and he brings some elements there that help on the road in tough buildings. We're at that time of the year where we're getting healthier. We've got some tough decisions to make and some guys now are understanding that those opportunities aren't just going to automatically be there. You've got to make the most of them."
Sharks defenseman Justin Braun said he couldn't identify one factor in their success on the road but pointed to their resiliency.
"Maybe we're playing a simpler game or there's been a little bit tighter checking on the road," he said. "But there's nothing I can really put my finger on because we've won so many different ways."
The Ducks would love to end the Sharks' streak, as well as pick up points in the standings. After going 8-4-3 in November, they started December with a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"I just think that we have to find that desperation to realize that we don't have much time to kind of sit back and think that we're going to turn it on at some point and make a push," Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler said. "We have to take every game like it's the end of the year and we're fighting for a [Stanley Cup] Playoff spot. We have to do that right now if we want to turn this thing around have some success."
The Ducks are four points behind the Arizona Coyotes for third place in the Pacific Division, five points behind the second-place Sharks.
"These are huge games for us," Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. "These are as big as they get, even in December. They feel like March games and April games for us right now because of where we are and who we're playing."
Here are the projected lineups:
Melker Karlsson - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi - Patrick Marleau - Joel Ward
Matt Nieto - Tomas Hertl - Tommy Wingels
Micheal Haley - Dainius Zubrus - Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Matt Tennyson
Injured: Logan Couture (fibula), Ben Smith (upper-body)
Scratched: Chris Tierney
Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry
Nick Ritchie - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg
Carl Hagelin - Shawn Horcoff - Andrew Cogliano
Mike Santorelli - Nate Thompson - Chris Stewart
Hampus Lindholm - Kevin Bieksa
Cam Fowler - Josh Manson
Sami Vatanen - Clayton Stoner
Injured: Jiri Sekac (ankle), Simon Despres (concussion symptoms)
Scratched: Frederik Andersen, Korbinian Holzer, Patrick Maroon
Status report: Tierney is expected to be scratched for the first time this season. … Gibson was the first goalie off the ice for Anaheim and Khudobin is expected to back him up. When asked if Andersen is ready to back up, Boudreau said, "He's not going to." Andersen hasn't played since Nov. 21 because of the flu.
Who's hot: Perry has six points in his past five games and goals in two straight. … Getzlaf has eight assists in his past five games. … Gibson has a 1.87 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in five games since being called up from San Diego of the AHL. … The Sharks have scored at least one power-play goal in their past four games, their longest streak since scoring one in five straight from Oct. 30 to Nov. 9, 2014. … Burns has four goals and two assists in his past five games.