San Jose seemed destined to get at least a point out of its last meeting with Ottawa, but a fluky bounce and an opportune play by Chris Kelly handed two points to the Senators and zero to the Sharks. The Sharks can get revenge for that defeat in a hurry as they head to the capital of Canada on the heels of a come-from-behind victory against Toronto.
Martin Jones played well against the Leafs and may well start against the Senators, given head coach Pete DeBoer’s to ride his netminder when he’s on the top of his game. My feelings on the matter notwithstanding (I’m not a fan), it’s something to keep an eye on as lines and the like are announced tomorrow.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic didn’t play against Toronto and his return is unlikely against Ottawa. Given Tuesday’s result, I’d be surprised to see any changes to the Sharks’ lineup, barring an early return by Vlasic.
Since beating the Sharks 4-2, the Senators lost in embarrassing fashion to both the Kings and the Ducks. The California road trip started a lot better for the Sens than it ended and Ottawa will look to repeat some of the magic they found in San Jose tonight. Hint: Expect our friend Mike Condon to start between the pipes.
If the Sharks play as well on Wednesday as they did in the their last meeting, they should skate away with two points. A hot goaltender and a bad bounce doomed them last time, but if luck is on their side this go around, I like their chances.