The Ducks finished the the 2017-18 season ranked No. 2 in their division with a 44-25-13 record and 101 points — just one point, and one spot higher than the Sharks in the standings. San Jose finished the year 45-27-10 and in the No. 3 spot in the Pacific.
What happened during the regular season?
These teams met four times during the regular season, with the Sharks leading the overall series 3-1. The teams split the first two games between them this season before the Sharks won the next two by a 9-4 combined score.
Who are the key players?
The Ducks rely heavily on their shutdown center, Ryan Kesler, one of the more experienced postseason players on the roster. Kesler is still rehabbing from hip surgery, and even though he isn’t expected to be back to 100 percent until training camp, the 33-year old Olympian has played through worse. Still, Kesler will have his hands full during the first round of the playoffs, with the Sharks’ top line trio of Evander Kane, Joe Pavelski, and Joonas Donskoi.
What is the Sharks vs. Ducks schedule?
Game 1: Sharks 3, Ducks 0
Game 2: Sat. Apr. 14, 10:30 p.m. ET — NBCSN | Stream
Game 3: Mon. Apr. 16, 10:30 p.m. ET — CNBC | Stream
Game 4: Wed. Apr. 18, 10:30 p.m. ET — GOLF Channel | Stream
Game 5: Fri. Apr. 20, TBD | If needed
Game 6: Sun. Apr. 22, TBD | If needed
Game 7: Tues. Apr. 24, TBD | If needed
Any playoff history?
Over the past 15 seasons, both the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks have been regular features in the NHL postseason, but they’ve only ever faced each other in the playoffs one time before 2018. These teams last met in the hunt for the Stanley Cup back in 2009, and it took six games for the No. 8-seeded Ducks bested the No. 1-seeded Sharks.