Game of the night: Anaheim Ducks (3-1-0) @ San Jose Sharks (1-2-0) 10:30 ET… TV: Local Networks Players to watch: ANA- Bobby Ryan Ryan starred last night against the Blues. Will that success carry over to tonight? SJ- Joe Thornton ‘Jumbo Joe’ has zero points in three games. Will he finally get on the stat sheet?
Starting goaltenders: ANA- Jonas Hiller (2011-12 stats: 3-1-0, 1.71 GAA) SJ- Antti Niemi (2010-11 stats: 35-18-6, 2.38 GAA)
Injury report: ANA- Matt Beleskey (shoulder, questionable), Jason Blake (wrist, out), Matt Smaby (thumb, out) SJ- Colin White (undisclosed, questionable), Martin Havlat (shoulder, out), Antero Niittymaki and Frazer McLaren (hip, out)
Game thoughts: Three days after meeting up in SoCal, the Ducks and Sharks will once again faceoff – this time in San Jose. Jonas Hiller and company doubled up St. Louis last night, 4-2, while the Sharks lost by the same score to the Blues on Saturday. The Ducks are winners of three straight; the Sharks are losers of two straight. I like Team Teal tonight, partly because Antti Niemi is expected to be back between the pipes. Prediction: Sharks 3, Ducks 2
The rest of today’s predictions: Maple Leafs over Avalanche Lightning over Panthers Penguins over Jets Predators over Oilers ---
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