The Senators will begin this three-game trip through California with a visit to Shark Tank.
OTTAWA SENATORS 4-11-1 at SAN JOSE SHARKS 9-8-1
Drake Batherson 14 7 9 16 +1
Josh Norris 16 7 4 11 -2
Brady Tkachuk 13 3 6 9 Selv
SAN JOSE SHARKS
Timo Meier 13 6 9 15 +5
Logan Couture 17 6 8 14 +6
Thomas Hertl 18 7 5 12 -7
OTT PP 20.4% 15 .; PK 73.9% 28
SJS PP 18.8% 17 .; PK 88% 5
THREE THINGS ABOUT THE SHARKS
The Senators will have a chance to see the former captain Erik Karlsson in this. Awarded to the Sharks in a blockbuster in September 2018, Karlsson has an assist in four games against Ottawa since the deal and is minus-5. Karlsson has three goals and eight points in 12 games this season and fit into his 800th career game on Monday when the Sharks met the Carolina Hurricanes at home.
2. Expect to see James Reimer in the San Jose network. He has a lifetime record of 16-6-3 against the Senators with a huge save percentage of 0.927 and an average of 2.49 goals. He made 22 stops in the Sharks’ 2-1 overtime victory over Carolina. Reimer has 1.87 GAA this year and is playing some of the best hockey of his career, but that should continue for the Sharks.
Evander Kane’s pre-season 21 game suspension to break the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol ends next week, and he has skated away from the team at the club’s training facility. The Sharks do not say what the next step will be with Kane when the suspension ends. The door must be open for him because he has a contract, but it will be an interesting situation to see in the coming days and weeks.