Sharks vs. Senators preview: Canadian portion of road trip ends in Ottawa
Sens look to leapfrog Boston for Wild Card spot with win over San Jose.
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 |
|50.8% ||Score-Adj. Fenwick||49.1% |
4:30PM PDT | Canadian Tire Centre | Ottawa, Ontario
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Silver Seven, Bonk's Mullet
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./