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Saturday, November 30th (All times Eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (18-7-3) at San Jose Sharks (17-3-5), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks have got winning at home down to a science. It's picking up victories on the road that has given the club trouble lately.

The Ducks look to solve those road issues on Saturday night as they visit the San Jose Sharks in a battle for first place in the Pacific Division.

Anaheim is tied atop the division standings with San Jose, with both teams having notched 39 points on the season. The Ducks could be well ahead if not for an 8-7-2 road mark compared to a 10-0-1 record as the hosting club.

The Ducks remained the only team left in the NHL with a regulation defeat at home when they bested the Calgary Flames 5-2 on Friday night. Dustin Penner scored twice, while Andrew Cogliano and Corey Perry notched a goal and an assist each.

Sami Vatanen also scored and Frederik Anderson improved to 7-1-0 in eight games this season after making 19 saves. Saku Koivu had an assist in his return from a 15-game absence caused by a concussion.

"We want to get some confidence to take into next week because we've got some pretty stiff competition," said Penner. "We're going to need the team feeling as confident as possible."

Penner was referring to an upcoming four-game stretch that begins tonight. After taking on the Sharks, the Ducks return home to face the Los Angeles Kings, who are three points back of Anaheim in the division, on Tuesday before visiting Western Conference powerhouses Chicago and St. Louis on back-to-back nights starting on Friday.

Getting on track as the road club will be key. While the Ducks are off to their best home start in franchise history, they have lost five of their last six on the road.

Things don't get any easier tonight as the Sharks are looking to complete a five-game homestand perfect after besting the Blues 6-3 on Friday night. Brent Burns keyed his club's seventh victory in eight games with his first career hat trick.

Burns lit the lamp twice as part of a four-goal first period for San Jose and added a power-play goal in the third.

"We knew it was going to be a big game against these guys," said Burns. "Two teams that we both feel were at the top of our game, so it was big. It was pretty special."

Joe Thornton, Tommy Wingels and Tomas Hertl also scored in the victory while Antti Niemi stopped 21-of-24 shots he faced in net. Thornton and Joe Pavelski also had two assists, while Logan Couture notched three helpers.

San Jose improved to 9-1-2 as the hosting club this season and has won its past two at home versus Anaheim.

The Ducks have won eight of the last 12 meetings overall.

11/30 10:43:07 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
9th
DET 2
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
8th
TEX 1
SEA 2
 
7th
CWS 3
BOS 1
 
7th
HOU 4
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
2nd
ANA 0
OAK 0
 
2nd
SDP 0
COL 0
 
1st
SFG 0
LOS 0
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
 
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
 
4th
MEM 91
DAL 90
 
4th
OKC 106
DET 111
 
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
4th
MIA 85
PHI 95
 
4th
NYK 92
TOR 90
 
1st OT
MIN 110
UTA 113
 
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
1st OT
TAM 4
MON 4
 
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
1st
ANA 1
DAL 0
 
17th
DUR 6
NOR 8