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Game 30 preview: San Jose Sharks @ Ottawa Senators

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Preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the San Jose Sharks on December 14, 2016.

Chris Kelly scores the game winner against the Sharks last week
Chris Kelly scores the game winner against the Sharks last week
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

After losing back-to-back games this weekend, the Senators are back at home playing host to the San Jose Sharks. The teams last met just a week ago, where a late Chris Kelly goal gave the Sens the lead before Jean-Gabriel Pageau sealed the 4-2 victory with an empty net goal.

Ottawa is currently holding on to a second place tie with Boston in the Atlantic Division but have played one less game.

The San Jose Sharks may be coming into town a bit tired today, coming off a 3-2 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night. Expect the Sens to try and take advantage of that early in the game.

Mike Condon (4-3-1) is the confirmed Senators starter for Wednesday. At the other end, rookie Aaron Dell (3-1-0) may get the start for the Sharks after Martin Jones played last night.

Based on the morning skate, here are the expected lines for tonight:

Hoffman - Brassard - Stone
Dzingel - Turris - Ryan
Smith - Pageau - Pyatt
Kelly - Lazar - Neil

Methot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Harpur - Wideman

Condon (starter)
Hammond

Some notes for tonight:

  • In 38 career games against the Sharks, Bobby Ryan has picked up 32 points, the most he has recorded against any one team.
  • When scoring first, the Sens have a record of 7-1-1. At the other end of the rink, the Sharks have a record of 12-4-0 when scoring first. Needless to say, the first goal will be key in tonight's game.
  • Mike Condon was great when the teams last met, stealing a 4-2 Senators victory as they were outshot 37-17.
  • The Sens have won their last five games against the Sharks and are looking to stretch that streak to six games tonight.
  • Chris Neil will be suiting up for his 1002nd game tonight and his first home game since hitting the 1000-game milestone. The Sens will honour him before tonight's game with the Silver Stick ceremony to commemorate the occasion. Congratulations Chris!
  • After failing to pick up points in back-to-back games this weekend, Erik Karlsson will look to get back on the scoresheet tonight. He has not gone more than two games in a row without recording a point so far this season.
  • Erik Karlsson is first among defencemen with 27 points this season. He is closely trailed by Brent Burns with 26 points.
  • Mr. Takeaway, Mark Stone, continues to lead the league with 34 takeaways this season, three more than second-place Jeff Skinner.

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight from NHL.com

Category Ottawa San Jose
Player # Player #
Goals Kyle Turris 11 Brent Burns 12
Assists Erik Karlsson 20

Joe Pavelski

17
Points Erik Karlsson 27 Brent Burns & Joe Pavelski 26
Shots Mike Hoffman 85 Brent Burns 125
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:01 Brent Burns 24:28

Category Ottawa San Jose
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.31 24th 2.41 21st
Goals Against 2.69 14th 2.17 5th
Shots For 28.8 23rd 31.0 9th
Shots Against 31.2 23rd 26.4 2nd