Programming note: Sharks-Senators coverage starts today at 4 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California.
Where they stand
Sharks: 35-29-8, 78 points, 5th Pacific Division
Senators: 36-24-11, 83 points, 5th Atlantic Division
San Jose is six points behind the Flames for third place in the Pacific Division, and eight points behind Winnipeg for the second wild card spot. Each team has 10 games remaining.
Sharks: The Sharks fell to 1-2 on their seven-game road trip, as Carey Price helped Montreal to a 2-0 win on Saturday at Bell Centre. San Jose had shut out Montreal in the three previous meetings, including March 2 at SAP Center, but Tomas Plekanec’s first period goal held up as the game-winner. San Jose will have two days off after tonight before facing Detroit on Thursday, and closes out the trip in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh next weekend.
Senators: Kyle Turris scored twice in the Senators’ 5-3 win over Toronto on Thursday as the surging Senators won their sixth in a row and improved to 14-1-1 in their last 16. Ottawa can jump into playoff position ahead of Boston tonight with a win, and closes out a four-game homestand with the Rangers on Thursday.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Logan Couture. The former Ottawa 67 is back in his former stomping grounds, and was the Sharks’ best forward in Saturday’s loss to the Canadiens despite not finding the score sheet. Couture, recently split up from regular linemate Patrick Marleau, led the Sharks with six shots on goal against Montreal and had several chances to beat Carey Price. Couture has just one even strength goal in his last 14 games.
Senators: Andrew Hammond. “The Hamburglar” is the talk of the NHL these days with a 13-0-1 record, 1.65 goals-against average and .947 save percentage as the Senators have stormed back into playoff contention. Hammond, who made 28 saves in Ottawa’s 4-2 win at SAP Center on Feb. 28, was recalled by Ottawa on Jan. 29 and has started 14 of the last 16 games.
Goals per game: 2.72 (16th)
Goals-against per game: 2.72 (21st)
Power play: 21.4 percent (6th)
Penalty kill: 79.0 percent (25th)
Goals per game: 2.84 (8th)
Goals-against per game: 2.56 (15th)
Power play: 16.7 percent (23rd)
Penalty kill: 83.0 percent (9th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Tommy Wingels – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Tomas Hertl
John Scott – Ben Smith – Barclay Goodrow
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Mirco Mueller – Brenden Dillon
Matt Irwin – Brent Burns
Antti Niemi (confirmed starter)
Alex Chiasson – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman – Mika Zibanejad – Bobby Ryan
Zack Smith – David Legwand – Colin Greening
Erik Condra – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Curtis Lazar
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch – Cody Ceci
Eric Gryba – Mark Borowiecki
Andrew Hammond (confirmed starter)
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee surgery) and Mike Brown (broken right fibula) are out.
Senators: Milan Michalek (undisclosed), Matt Puempel (undisclosed), Craig Anderson (hand), Chris Neil (broken thumb), Chris Phillips (undisclosed), Clarke MacArthur (concussion) and Robin Lehner (concussion) are out.
Ottawa won the previous meeting less than a month ago in San Jose, 4-2 on Feb. 28. Mike Hoffman had two goals.
In the Sharks’ last game here on Oct. 27, 2013, Alex Stalock made 38 saves in his first career start, a 5-2 win.
The Sharks are 13-10-4 all-time against the Senators.
“We’re not going to quit. We’re going to compete until the very end and see what happens then. I truly believe that we’re going to lay it on the line every night. We still believe that every night we can win in this locker room. We’ve got to go out and work as hard as we possibly can to try to.” – Logan Couture