Sharks-Ducks at a glance

Sharks-Ducks at a glance
January 29, 2013, 9:15 am
Share This Post

Daniel Winnik registered five points in 21 games with the Sharks last season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Programming Note: Sharks-Ducks coverage gets underway today at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet California

Where they stand
Sharks: 5-0-0, 10 pts.,1st Pacific Division, 2nd Western Conference
Ducks: 3-1-0, 6 pts., 2nd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference

Probable lines

Sharks
Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski
Havlat – Couture – Clowe
Wingels – Handzus – Galiardi
Desjardins – Gomez – Burish

Vlasic – Stuart
Irwin – Boyle
Murray – Braun

Niemi
Greiss

Ducks
Perry – Getzlaf – Beleskey
Ryan – Bonino – Selanne
Cogliano – Koivu – Winnik
Staubitz – Rakell – Palmieri

Souray – Sbisa
Allen – Fowler
Lydman – Beauchemin

Hiller
Fasth

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Ryane Clowe. The Sharks’ emotional forward was kicked out of Sunday’s win over Vancouver after throwing a tantrum in the penalty box towards the end of the second period, and will likely want to make amends putting his team shorthanded at a key moment. Clowe is still looking for his first goal to go along with his three assists, and in a contract year, it’s important that he starts putting the puck in the net.

Ducks: Daniel Winnik. The most surprising name among the NHL’s league leaders is the former Sharks forward, who had a cup of coffee with the club after being acquired at the trade deadline last season. Winnik has five goals already, after scoring just eight in 84 games last season with Colorado and San Jose. Winnik’s five goals in the first four games is a new club record for Anaheim.

Last game

Sharks: A pair of goals early in the first period was all the Sharks would need to stay perfect in a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. The Sharks became the third team in NHL history to begin a season with five consecutive wins, all by a margin of two goals or more (per Elias). Joe Pavelski had his first two goals of the season, and Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton added one apiece. The Sharks were 7-for-7 on the penalty kill, and Antti Niemi made 23 saves to record his fourth win. San Jose has at least two power play goals in each of its five wins (12 total).

Ducks: Goalie Viktor Fasth made his NHL debut and stopped 19 Nashville shots in a 3-2 shootout win at home for the Ducks on Saturday. Bobby Ryan and Daniel Winnik got the goals in regulation and Corey Perry had the shootout winner. Anahiem was 0-for-4 on the power play but killed off all three Predators advantages. With three wins in their first four games, the Ducks are off to their best start since 2006-07.

Injuries

Sharks: Brent Burns (lower body) and Jason Demers (fractured wrist) are out. Dan Boyle left after the second period against Vancouver on Sunday due to a bloody nose.

Ducks: None.

Season series

The Sharks make their first visit to the Honda Center next Monday, Feb. 4. They return to Anaheim for games on March 18 and March 25, while the Ducks reappear at HP Pavilion on March 27 for the fifth and final game of the season series.

Quoteable

“Yeah, it would have been nice to keep it going, definitely…not gonna lie.” – Patrick Marleau on his multi-goal streak ending on Sunday

Sound off

Are the Ducks the Sharks’ biggest threat in the Pacific Division?