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Game 46 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ San Jose Sharks

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The Sens look to sweep California as they face off against Erik Karlsson once again

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

After a couple of very surprising wins against the Ducks and Kings, the Sens go into San Jose with a chance to sweep the California road trip of death and move a little further out of the league’s basement.

This will also be their second time facing off against former captain Erik Karlsson and the last time this season (or ever????? #MelnykOut).

The lineup stays the same, with one exception: the newest Senator, Darren Archibald, will make his debut with the team. Colin White is out with a shoulder injury.

Puck drop is at 10pm EST, and you can watch live on CBC, TVAS, or Sportsnet 1.

Game Notes:

  • The Sens may have done surprisingly well against Anaheim and Los Angeles, but these days San Jose is by far the toughest of the trio, sitting comfortably at 3rd in the league with 59 points. They'll certainly have their work cut out for them.
  • Expect a return to the usual shot rates: San Jose is second in the league in shots per game, and the Sens give up the most shots in the league.
  • White’s loss will certainly be felt. The kid scored the OT winner against Anaheim and has been excellent all season.
  • We’re going full Hamburglar with Nilsson, it seems. He’s starting his third in a row.
  • Honestly though, I know it’s ridiculous to even think about, but how weird would it be if they actually put together another Hamburglar run, during this season of all seasons?

Here are some stats, courtesy of NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick.

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Category Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.15 11th 3.54 5th
Goals Against/GP 3.86 31st 2.98 8th
Shots/GP 29.1 24th 34.6 2nd
Shots Against/GP 37 31st 28.2 1st
Powerplay % 21.8 10th 24.8 7th
Penalty Kill % 74.8 29th 83.9 6th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 43.14 31st 56.76 1st
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.52 31st 56.85 1st

Player Stats

Category Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Category Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
-- Player # Player #
Goals Mark Stone 20 Joe Pavelski 25
Assists Mark Stone 28 Brent Burns 42
Points Mark Stone 48 Brent Burns 50
Shots Mark Stone 106 Evander Kane 165
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 23:52:00 Erik Karlsson 24:59:00