Tonight will be the last of the Sharks' four straight games on Canadian ice as they wrap up the north-of-the-border portion of their seven-game road trip in Canada's capital. They'll face a Senators team that's ridden Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond and a skilled, youthful lineup to an improbable playoff push and have the ability to leapfrog the Boston Bruins for the Eastern Conference's final Wild Card spot with a win over San Jose.
Tale Of The Tape
|35-29-8, 78 points
||Record||36-24-11, 83 points|
|5th in Pacific||Rank||5th in Atlantic
Projected Sharks Lineup
Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Melker Karlsson
Matt Nieto - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Patrick Marleau - Chris Tierney - Tomas Hertl
Daniil Tarasov - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin - Brent Burns
Mirco Mueller - Brenden Dillon
Projected Senators Lineup
Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan
Alex Chiasson - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone
Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Curtis Lazar
Colin Greening - David Legwand - Zach Smith
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba
Despite taking a 2-1 lead on goals by Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau into the third period, the Sharks couldn't close things out as Mike Hoffman converted a power play opportunity and added an empty-netter to cap a three-goal third period for Ottawa and a 4-2 Senators victory.
- Hammond, who made 28 saves to defeat the Sharks last month, is 13-0-1 with a .947 save percentage thus far in his NHL career. He's also earned a lifetime supply of McDonald's.
- Former Shark Milan Michalek, who potted his 200th goal last week in the Senators' enormous win over Boston, won't play tonight due to injury.
- The Sharks are no longer realistically part of the playoff race but a loss tonight combined with Dallas picking up at least a point against Buffalo would drop them to 22nd, a place in the standings that carries 5% Connor McDavid odds in the lottery.