Programming note: Sharks-Senators coverage gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live
Where they stand
Sharks: 30-24-8, 68 points, 5th Pacific Division
Senators: 26-23-10, 62 points, 6th Atlantic Division
Sharks: The Sharks lost their seventh straight home game on Thursday, 3-2, thanks to a pair of third period goals by Detroit including Luke Glendening’s game-winner with 1:15 to go. Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau (power play) were the Sharks’ goal scorers, while Antti Niemi took the loss with 32 saves. San Jose is on its longest home winless streak since early in the 2003-04 season (per Elias), and plays six of its next seven at SAP Center, including Monday vs. Montreal.
[KURZ: Sharks showing signs of unraveling with 20 games left]
Senators: Andrew Hammond made 35 saves and Mike Hoffman scored his team-leading 21st goal as the Senators shut out the Kings at Staples Center on Thursday, 1-0. For Hammond, it was his second shutout in as many nights, including a 3-0 blanking of Anaheim on Wednesday. He became the first goalie in NHL history to shut out the Ducks and Kings on consecutive days. Ottawa has won four in a row, and is playing the third of a five-game road trip tonight.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Matt Irwin. The defenseman continues to give the Sharks good minutes lately, and is even finding the scoresheet with three points in his last five games, including the opening goal against Detroit on Thursday. Irwin is still a pending unrestricted free agent that could very well get moved before Monday’s deadline, so at the very least, he could be upping his trade value. He’s played in the last 16 games after being a frequent healthy scratch for the first half of the season.
Senators: Erik Karlsson. The defenseman is tied for the Senators team lead in scoring with 45 points, including 31 assists, and is averaging 26:56 of ice time per game (3rd in the NHL). The former Norris Trophy winner in 2012 is serving his first season as captain of the Senators, succeeding Jason Spezza, and led all NHL defensemen with 74 points last season.
Goals per game: 2.76 (16th)
Goals-against per game: 2.77 (22nd)
Power play: 20.6 percent (6th)
Penalty kill: 80.4 percent (21st)
Goals per game: 2.78 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.64 (18th)
Power play: 16.6 percent (25th)
Penalty kill: 83.0 percent (10th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels
Tomas Hertl – James Sheppard – Matt Nieto
Tye McGinn – Andrew Desjardins – Tyler Kennedy
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin – Scott Hannan
Antti Niemi (confirmed starter)
Mike Hoffman – Mika Zibanejad – Bobby Ryan
Milan Michalek – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone
Colin Greening – David Legwand – Alex Chiasson
Erik Condra – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Curtis Lazar
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch – Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki – Eric Gryba
Andrew Hammond (likely starter)
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee) and Mike Brown (broken right fibula) are out.
Senators: Zack Smith (wrist), Craig Anderson (hand), Chris Neil (broken thumb), Chris Phillips (undisclosed), Clarke MacArthur (concussion) and Robin Lehner (concussion) are on injured reserve. Jared Cowan is suspended.
The Sharks visit Ottawa on March 23 to wrap up the two-game season series. San Jose is 13-9-4 all-time against the Senators.
Odds and ends
*Tye McGinn has been activated from injured reserve (upper body) and will play for the first time since Jan. 31 vs. Chicago.
*Chris Tierney was reassigned to Worcester on Saturday morning.
*Brent Burns is tied for 4th in the NHL in scoring among defensemen with 45 points.
*San Jose is 14-13-5 at home, while Ottawa is 12-13-5 on the road.
*Joe Pavelski has no goals in his last five games. He has not gone six games without a goal this season.
“It’s been brutal. We’ve been awful. It’s terrible. It’s unacceptable. It’s bad. I feel bad for our fans who come and watch us every night. We haven’t won for a month at home. That’s on us. We take full responsibility for that. We haven’t been good enough. They’re obviously angry, we’re angry. Nothing’s going to change until we go out and change it.” – Logan Couture, on the Sharks’ home struggles