Anaheim Ducks (44-27-13) at San Jose Sharks (47-27-10)
NHL: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. ET
The Ducks are in a big-time hole being down 2-0 in this series dropping the first two games on home ice. They only totaled two goals in the first two games, both coming in the last game, after ranking 3rd in the league on the season in goals per game. The Anaheim defense has been at least been consistent giving up three goals in each of the first two games.
The Sharks are looking good coming home and up 2-0 in this series. They D has been getting it done in this series and if they continue to play well on that side of the ice they will make quick work of this series. San Jose has kept the key players for the Ducks in check and while Anaheim has lost their last four games facing the Sharks the road team has won the last five games between these Pacific Division rivals.
Had the lead for a little while
In the Game 2 home loss, the Ducks lost to the Sharks 3-2 where they had the leading the first period for nine minutes, but not after that. The Sharks had five more shots in the game (35-30) and after Anaheim scored only 40 seconds into the game San Jose scored the next three goals. Jakob Silfverberg scored the early goal and Hampus Lindholm scored the last goal 7;51 into the 2nd period, but Anaheim was shut out after that. John Gibson (31-18-7 2.43 GAA) gave up three goals on 35 shots and in the two games in this series had given up six goals on 69 shots. The Sharks had won three of his last four appearances in the regular season including his last two where he only allowed one goal in each game. Rickard Rakell led the Ducks in the regular season in both points and goals and he has no points in the first two games of this series only taking one shot on goal in each game. Ondrej Kase ranked 2nd on the team in goals on the season, but he has been shut out so far in the series with five shots on goal. This season the Ducks are 18-15-8 on the road.
Looking good back on home ice
The Sharks are looking good up 2-0 in this series and back at home. Their defense ranked 9th in the league in goals allowed and that unit has really stepped up in the playoffs so far. San Jose scored three unanswered goals after giving up the early one in Game 2 and Marcus Sorensen, Tomas Hertl, and Logan Couture all found the back of the net in the game. Martin Jones (30-22-6 2.55 GAA) gave up two goals on 30 shots in the game and in the series he has allowed two goals on 55 shots. He has rebounded in the playoffs after struggling at the end of the regular season where he gave up 10 goals in his last three starts. In Jones last four home starts facing the Ducks, he has given up eight goals while the Sharks were only 1-2-1 in that span. Couture led San Jose in goals on the season and he not only scored in Game 2, but also had an assist. Joe Pavelski ranked 2nd on the team in points and he has three in the two games in this series with three assists. The Sharks are 22-14 all-time in Game 3’s including 13-7 at home.
The Anaheim Ducks are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 Monday games
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 20-6 in their last 26 vs. Pacific
- 11-5 in their last 16 overall
- 10-4 in their last 14 home games
The Sharks have control of this series because they have played great defense, which they will do in this game on home ice. Just like Game 2 this game will be a close one and also just like Game 2 the Sharks will get the win. They will take a 3-0 lead in this series and look to close it out at home on Wednesday night.