The Week Ahead: Oct 6 to 12

The look ahead at the upcoming week of games is back this season, this time generally running Sunday through Saturday.

The Sens have a few days of rest, then first half of a western swing with 2 games on the schedule this week.

Game 3 - Senators at Kings

The Kings have started the season a little shaky on the road, stealing a shootout win in Minnesota thanks to Jonathan Quick and dropping their game in Winnipeg.

Their power play is humming so far, going 3 for 8 in those 2 games. Definitely a concern for the Senators, who are already tied for 6th for most times shorthanded per game.

But in the end, they don't look like the team that went to the Western Finals last year just yet. So far, as goes Quick so go the Kings. Solve him, and the Sens could leave LA with another 2 points.

Game 4 - Senators at Sharks

The first game of a back to back, the Sens face a Sharks team that has so far dominated the competition with a pair of 4-1 victories. They lead the league in shots per game, ahead of 2nd place Ottawa by 2.

Antti Niemi is of to a solid start, posting a 0.956 SV% along with his 1 GAA. Their scoring has been pretty distributed, with 6 goal scorers scoring the 8 goals and 11 with the assists. Newcomer Tomas Hertl leads the team with 3 points, with the more expected faces like Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture coming in behind him (though each with a point per game). Their power play looked bad in game 1 going 0 for 8, but made up for it in game 2 with 2 goals in 4 attempts.

It's early and it's only 2 games to go on, but this one looks to be the toughest game of the road trip. Their early success seems to be a full team effort rather than just a few standout players, and that is tough to deal with.

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