San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks

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After a convincing 6-0 road win on Friday night, the San Jose Sharks look to finish the sweep in Anaheim on Saturday night against the Ducks.

San Jose Looking to Build off Shutout Win

The Sharks come into this game in second to last place in the West Division, having just leapfrogged the Ducks after the shutout win on Friday. They are 10-11-3 on the year with 23 points, 26th overall in the league. The 6-0 win in Anaheim was a big boost for a team that hasn’t been able to put it together this year.

Their six goals came on 24 shots, an impressively efficient feat on a rough net for Anaheim’s John Gibson. Even more impressive is that the six goals came from six different goal scorers: Kevin Labanc, Tomáš Hertl, Evander Kane, Fredrik Händemark, Erik Karlsson, and Timo Meier. Team points leader Logan Couture (21 points) had an assist and one shot on goal.

Devan Dubnyk recorded his first shutout of the season, saving all 34 shots Anaheim sent his way. The win improves his save percentage to .894 on the year, a sign that this was a man in need of a pick-me-up.

The Sharks’ defense gives up 3.78 goals per game on an average of 32.1 shots allowed per game, which ranks 29th in the NHL. The offense averages 2.70 goals per game, and Dubnyk had an anomalous performance. In short, an on night for the offense and Dubnyk bailed out an on-brand lost defensive effort.

Ducks Looking to Reclaim Second-to-Last Spot in West

Anaheim is not a good team this year, but nobody expects to lose 6-0 to San Jose. With the loss, Anaheim swaps places in the West, taking over the last spot. A regular time win on Saturday would get their nose above water. No word on if there’s any pride to salvage, however.

The 6-0 loss came despite a 34-shot effort by the Ducks’ offense. Adam Henrique had 4 shots and Rickard Rakell had 7. Rakell leads the team in assists with 13, while Max Comtois, who had two shots on goal, leads the team with 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).

John Gibson had one of his worst nights in goal, allowing five goals on 24 shots for a save percentage of .792. Ryan Miller came in after the fifth goal, facing three shots and allowing a goal himself.

The Ducks score an average of 2.18 goals per game, the worst rate in the NHL (worse than even Buffalo!). They allow an average of 3.21 goals per game to opponents, 23rd in the league. Seeing rates like that, it’s no wonder they suffered a loss like they did on Friday.

The Bottom Line
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The Sharks’ performance on Friday night was a bit of a fluke, and the defense is certainly buying dinner for Dubnyk and the forward lines after the game. Allowing 34 shots is, unfortunately, all too common for this squad, but the right gears clicked and they came away with the win. Anaheim, however, is one team you can pull consecutive flukes on. San Jose is feeling confident after a strong road win, look for them to repeat and get the sweep in Orange County. Sharks win .

Prediction:
San Jose -112

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Make no mistake, even with the shutout, Dubnyk is not the goalie your GM wants in net. Anaheim is no better, and, on nights like Friday, they’re certainly worse. NHL shooters are elite through all four forward lines, and even the lowliest team can bring a balanced attack like San Jose did on Friday. If there’s anything to count on for Saturday’s game, it’s for San Jose to give up a lot of good looks, and for the goalies to let more than a couple slip past. Go with the over.

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Over 5.5