Game 60 Preview: Senators at Sharks
A preview of the game on February 28th between the Senators and Sharks in San Jose.
Holy Hamburglars, Batman! What a difference a week makes. Suddenly, the Senators are riding a four-game win streak, including back-to-back shutouts in Anaheim and Los Angeles by Andrew Hammond. Apparently he is the second goalie ever to shut those two out consecutively on the road (the first being Steve Mason), and the first to do it in consecutive nights. I think we can all agree that if Hammond goes on to have the career of Mason... well, let's not go there. Tonight, the Sens take on the Sharks. According to practice lines, the only lineup change seems to be Matt Puempel in for Curtis Lazar.
Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan
Michalek - Turris - Stone
Puempel - Pageau - Condra
Greening - Legwand - Chiasson
Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Gryba
Antti Niemi is confirmed to get the start for the Sharks. And here are the lines the Sharks played against the Red Wings on Thursday night:
M. Karlsson - Thornton - Pavelski
Marleau - Couture - Wingels
Hertl - Sheppard - Nieto
Desjardins - Tierney - Kennedy
Vlasic - Burns
Dillon - Braun
Irwin - Hannan
Some notes for tonight's game:
- Hammond deserves credit for making hockey fun to watch again, if nothing else
- The Sens forward ice-time leaders against the Kings were Mark Stone and Erik Condra. I think that bodes well for Ottawa's off-season signings
- Erik Karlsson only had one shot last night, only the second time since January 3rd that's happened.
- Mike Hoffman has 21 even-strength goals, putting him in a five-way tie for fifth in the league with P. Kane, Ovechkin, Kucherov, and Seguin. The guys ahead of him? Nash, Tarasenko, Pacioretty, and Stamkos.
- That Wiercioch-Ceci pairing is the best second pairing we've seen all season. I hope a defenceman that's not PW gets traded so that there's a reason to play those two together more often.
- I like Lazar's game, but for Puempel to get a chance with speedy linemates must be a huge plus. Here's hoping we see a little more of what Puempel can bring to the table tonight.
- Ottawa sits 5 points out of the playoffs, with a game in hand on the Bruins. The Sens have two games in hand on the Panthers and three on the Flyers, the other teams they're chasing. (As of 4 PM EST)
- San Jose sits 3 points out of the playoffs, but the Wild have a game in hand.
- Is Melker Karlsson even a real name?
- Will this be Niemi's last game as a Shark? He enters the game looking likely to be traded at the deadline, with the Sharks wanting to get younger in goal. Niemi is best remembered for
saving my fantasy teamleading the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2009-10.
- If Hammond gets another shutout, how many people do you think will explode?
@Sheer_Craziness @BonksMullet @BattleofCali Melker is Swedish version of Melchior, one of the 3 Wise Men's traditional names— Alex Klages (@alexklages) February 28, 2015
Huh, apparently it is.
Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except for Corsi and Fenwick, which are from naturalstattrick.com.
|Category||Ottawa||San Jose |
|Goals||Mike Hoffman||21||Joe Pavelski ||31|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||31||Joe Thornton ||40|
|Points|| Erik Karlsson & Bobby Ryan ||45||Joe Pavelski ||56|
|Shots||Erik Karlsson||213||Joe Pavelski ||197|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||26:56|| Brent Burns ||24:18|
|Category||Ottawa||San Jose |