Game 30 preview: San Jose Sharks @ Ottawa Senators

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

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)

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

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

Joe Pavelski

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

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