Even after five-day breaks between games, the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks are still entering Friday night's matchup at the Honda Center in recovery mode.
Anaheim (1-1-0) has used parts of its break readjusting to its schedule after playing its first two games in Europe. After falling to Buffalo 4-1 last Friday in Helsinki, the Ducks beat the New York Rangers 2-1 in a shootout Saturday in Stockholm.
Coach Randy Carlyle hopes his team will be rested enough - and recovered from the 10-hour time difference - to get back into the swing of things Friday.
"This recovery from Europe isn't just a one-day or a two-day event when you travel the number of hours we did and the difference in time change," Carlyle said. "There's some nights now where they're ... having trouble getting to sleep."
The Sharks (1-0-0) dominated Phoenix 6-3 on Saturday despite the absences of goaltender Antti Niemi and forward Martin Havlat. Niemi is recovering after having a cyst removed from his knee and sa...