Anaheim Ducks (14-4-5) at San Jose Sharks (10-10-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: San Jose Sharks / Anaheim Ducks --- Over/Under:
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The Ducks take to the road a day after dropping two points to the Blackhawks at the Honda Center as they head into San Jose to face off against the Sharks.
The Ducks had a great opportunity to make a statement on Friday afternoon when they hosted the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pond by a 4-1 loss pumped the tires of the 2013 Cup champions instead of their own and now they face a second tough task in facing their division rivals from San Jose. Anaheim has been among the game's best teams so far this season as they sit in second place in the Pacific division just behind the Vancouver Canucks and do have an impressive 7-2-2 record on the road where they find themselves here against the Sharks. Frederuik Andersen is expected to get the nod in the Anaheim crease and he will go up against Antii Niemi for the Sharks.
San Jose got off to a red hot start but have been in a tailspin ever since and find themselves sitting at the .500 mark with head coach Todd MacLellean on the hot seats as he could very well be the first head coach to be fired this season. The Sharks have been reeling ever since their colossal melt down in the opening round last year against the Kings and while they still have the majority of their core from that group they have lost some pieces and as such I think their confidence is starting to fade and that a change of culture is in store. The Sharks are just 10-10-4 through 24 contests and don't seem to have the same bite that we're used to seeing and going up against their division rivals isn't exactly the recipe to turn things around, in fact I think they're in a tough spot here despite being at home. Anaheim is the better team and I think the slide for the Sharks continues here as the Ducks get back in the win column after a loss yesterday.