Erik Karlsson is returning to Ottawa once again, but the magic of the Senators’ former Captain hitting the ice as an opponent may be gone. It should be business as usual for both the Sharks and Senators, as the two clubs are looking to snap a losing skid.
The Sharks lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Friday evening and own a record of 4-6-1. Meanwhile, the Senators were handled easily by the New York Islanders on Friday as well. Ottawa is currently 2-7-1 on the year.
Online bookmaker SportsBetting has the O/U for total goals at 6½.
Both teams had similar starts to the season as well. The Senators opened this season losing three straight games. After securing their first win of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Sens would go on to lose four straight.
As for San Jose, the Sharks opened the season with four straight losses. After winning three straight, the Sharks have now lost 3 of their last 4.
Even though the Sharks have not played up to potential in the early going, Senators Head Coach D.J. Smith is not taking this team lightly. He knows that Ottawa will need to outwork and outhustle the Sharks to win this contest. The Senators are currently the worst team in the NHL.
Craig Anderson will get the start for Ottawa. He replaced Anders Nilsson Friday night after Nilsson allowed 4 goals on 16 shots.
For San Jose, it will be Aaron Dell in the blue paint. Dell is 2-1-0 this season with a .906SV% and 3.34GAA.