The Anaheim Ducks will travel to the SAP Center on Monday night to take on the San Jose Sharks in a West Division battle. This will be the seventh game as they finish their season series on Wednesday as the Sharks currently lead 4-2. The Ducks (12-23-7, 31 points) are last in the West Division and are coming off a 2-0 shutout loss on Friday night against the Colorado Avalanche. The San Jose Sharks (18-18-4, 40 points) are sixth in the West Division and are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
These teams play very similar brands of hockey on the defensive side of the ice so it will be interesting to see which offense can take advantage. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to determine where we should be placing our wagers.
Comtois on TopThe Anaheim Ducks have been stagnant in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of left winger Max Comtois, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. They only have a couple of players on the Injury Report so the team is relatively healthy here. Comtois leads the team in goals and points as he is at 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) this season and has recorded three points in his previous five games. In the last game against the Colorado Avalanche, he finished without any points on just a single shot on goal in 15:13 on the ice. Comtois has shown the ability to be a decent player at times and it’ll be interesting as San Jose is one of the more lesser defenses in the league.
John Gibson has gotten the majority of the time in the net for the Ducks and hasn’t been playing particularly well as a goalie unit for the team. Gibson got the nod in the net against the Avalanche, he allowed a goal on 34 shots in a loss to drop his record to 8-14-6. On the season, he allowed 78 goals on 810 shots. Anaheim, as a team, has allowed 133 goals this season, which is 25th in the league. They have been better than league average in power-play goals against (27) and power play opportunities against (118), so this defense could be good for the team. San Jose isn’t a threat scoring the puck so this could be a good game for them to turn their defense around.
It’s Gotta Be KaneThe San Jose Sharks have been struggling in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of left winger Evander Kane, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The team has only two players on the injury report so they will be relatively healthy for this game. Kane leads the Sharks in points, goals, and assists as he has 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) this season and has not scored a point in two of the last three games played. In the last game against the Los Angeles Kings, he finished without scoring a point on four shots in 22:04 on the ice. Kane has shown the ability to be one of the better players and it’ll be time to see if the Sharks can figure out a way to get back on track this season.
Martin Jones has been the main guy in the goal for the San Jose Sharks this season and got the start against the Los Angeles Kings in their last game. In that game, he allowed four goals on 19 shots before being pulled to drop his record to 15-9-2. San Jose has allowed 133 goals this season, which is 25th in the league. They have been average against opposing power plays as they have killed 106-of-132 (80.3 percent) of them so far this season. The Ducks are a below-average offense so this will be a chance for the Sharks to get back on track.
- San Jose: 5-2 in their last 7 games
- San Jose: 5-1 in their last 6 games played on 1 days rest
- Anaheim: 17-37 in their last 54 games
- Anaheim: 3-8 in their last 11 road games