San Jose Sharks (15-14-1) at Ottawa Senators (16-11-5)
|Date & Time||Friday December 18, 2015, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators / San Jose Sharks --- Over/Under:
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The Sharks look to build on last night's overtime victory in Toronto as they continue their Ontario road trip in Ottawa tonight to face the Senators.
The San Jose Sharks got through by the skin of their teeth on the road in Toronto last night as they gave up a two goal lead, then battled back from a two goal deficit, until scoring the overtime winner in what was a crazy swing of momentum type of game but typical of these Sharks. San Jose continues to find ways to make victories hard on themselves and we can expect another unpredictable effort tonight in a back to back in front of their back up goaltender who hasn't had a ton of success this season. The Sharks sit in second place in the pacific division despite a 3-6-1 stretch in their last 10 contests but without anyone other than the Kings playing overly well this season it is San Jose's spot to lose for the time being. The Sharks are an impressive 11-5-1 on the road this season while the Sens are 8-4-4 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Ottawa heads into their Friday night encounter with the Sharks looking to improve on their 16-11-5 record and reclaim one of the top three seeds in the Atlantic but with a 4-6 mark in their last 10 they also haven't been playing their best hockey of late. The Sens went with Andrew Hammond against the Caps on Wednesday night and while he played well the Sens didn't get him enough support and ultimately the Capitals took a 2-1 victory and left Ottawa empty handed. The Sens are in a good spot here though as the Sharks are playing in a back to back after going to overtime with Toronto, are putting in Alex Stalock, and conceded four goals in a victory that left them emotionally and physically drained. I like the Sens to exploit that and get a big win at home here.