The Anaheim Ducks are in a tough position tonight as Game 4 is a win or go home situation as the Sharks currently have a 3-0 series lead. The Sharks have the opportunity to complete the series sweep during Game 4 on Wednesday April 18th at the SAP Center. The Sharks had a rough start to the season but were able to find their groove again and were able to record 100 points on the season for the first time since 2014. After taking the first two games in Anaheim, the Sharks capitalized on the opportunity at home and scored four power-play goals and eventually beat the Ducks by a score of 8-1 during Game 3. The Sharks have outscored the Ducks by a score of 14-3 and during the power-play have converted on 6 of 17 situations when they had a man advantage. Couture and Pavelski are tied for the team lead in points as they each have five apiece and Evander Kane has three goals which is a club best. All four lines have contributed throughout the series and Martin Jones has shown little weakness in net throughout the series. Jones set a franchise record during Game 3 with 45 saves and in total has stopped 98 of 101 attempts during the series. Jones is one postseason win away of becoming the second player in team history with 20 victory and will be behind Evgeni Nabokov who has 40.
The Ducks are in a tough situation and the only thing they can do is come out aggressive and physical as soon as the opening puck drops. The team will strictly have to focus on the 1st period for starters as well as focusing on how they were able to get into the playoffs. Especially after the club allowed the most goals ever in a playoff game with 8 in Game 3. The Ducks’ three goal scorers are Lindholm, Rakell, and Silfverberg. Ryan Getzalf has 120 points in the playoffs which is an all-time best for the Ducks but has been held to only two assists in the playoffs. Both goalies for the Ducks have played exceptionally well throughout the course of the season as John Gibson has a goal against average of 4.17 and a save percentage of .882 throughout the series. While, Ryan Miller is 7-2-1 against the Sharks in his career along with a 1.78 GAA and a .948 save percentage.
If the Ducks come away with a win to stay alive in the series then Game 5 will be played on Friday night in Anaheim.