Game 38 Hub: Ottawa Senators vs San Jose Sharks

The road trip is over but this season, unfortunately, isn't.

Game 38 Hub: Ottawa Senators vs San Jose Sharks
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Crucial game today: The San Jose Sharks are only five points ahead of the Ottawa Senators for that sweet, sweet, second-overall pick.

Hey, if we're talking about tanking at this stage, that's not our fault. These Sens are at a worse place than the 2019-20 incarnation featuring top-six forwards Chris Tierney and Vladislav Namestnikov. That same group featured Nikita Zaitsev as a top-pairing defenseman and Scott Sabourin as a bottom-six forward. They were looking at the 2020 NHL Draft from the start (a rare instance of good management by the organization), and they're almost doing as good of a job by accident this time.

The fact that today's opponents are statistically the worst in goals for, goals against, shots for, shots against, PK%, and 5v5 Corsi and expected goals percentage means this might actually be an interesting game to watch for once.

Rourke Chartier will draw back into the lineup after being activated from LTIR today. Mads Sogaard, who's sporting a .920 save percentage in 16 AHL games this season, has been recalled. Expect a lineup similar to yesterday's practice lines:

Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 pm today, and the game is available on RDS2, TSN5, and TSN1200.


Game 38 Senators Sharks
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 17 Tomas Hertl 13
Assists Tim Stützle 27 Mikael Granlund 23
Points Stützle, Giroux 34 Tomas Hertl 29
Shots Brady Tkachuk 165 Tomas Hertl 101
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 23:55 Mario Ferraro 22:38
Game 38 Senators Sharks
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 3.27 13th 2.00 32nd
Goals Against/GP 3.68 31st 4.05 32nd
Shots/GP 32.2 8th 25.5 32nd
Shots Against/GP 31.6 23rd 35.5 32nd
Powerplay % 16.4 24th 18.9 20th
Penalty Kill % 71.3 31st 71.2 32nd
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 48.21 22nd 41.22 32nd
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.71 24th 40.54 32nd

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