san jose sharks vs ottawa senators predictions and preview

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NHL san jose sharks vs ottawa senators predictions and preview


 

 

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The Ottawa Senators face the San Jose Sharks with both teams hoping to make up ground in their respective divisions. The Senators have won only four of their first 16 games to start the season while the Sharks have won nine of their 18 games to start the season. The two teams are hoping to improve their record and the upcoming game should be a good one as a result.

 

Senators defense has been a mess this season

The Senators are off to a rough start to the season and hope the offense can improve as they are scoring only 2.56 goals per game. Drake Batherson and Joshua Norris have combined for 14 goals and 13 assists to lead the top two lines but the rest of the offense has struggled. Only six skaters have three goals or more while only four skaters have five goals or more on the Senators, allowing opponents to eliminate the backend of the forward unit.

 

The offense has struggled but the defense has been one of the worst in the NHL, allowing 3.69 goals per game. Artem Zub and Thomas Chabot have combined for 2.2 defensive point shares and 65 blocked shots but the rest of the defensive unit has struggled and is allowing shots on the net at will. In addition, goaltender Filip Gustavsson has struggled as the starter with a .905 save percentage and a 3.41 goals-against average on 275 shots.

 

Sharks defense has led the way this season

The Sharks are off to a promising start to the season but the hope is that the offense can step up as they are scoring only 2.56 goals per game. Tomas Hertl and Jonathan Dahlin have combined for 14 goals and seven assists while Timo Meier and Logan Couture have combined for 12 goals and 17 assists but the later forward lines have let the offense down. Only six forwards have three goals or more while only four skaters have six goals or more for the Sharks, allowing opponents to eliminate the backend of the offense.

 

The offense has struggled but the defense has been one of the best in the NHL, allowing only 2.78 goals per game. Mario Ferraro and Brent Burns have combined for 2.1 defensive point shares and 98 blocked shots while Erik Karlsson and Jacob Middleton have combined for 1.9 defensive point shares and 24 blocked shots to give the Sharks two great defensive pairings. Moreover, goaltender James Reimer is having a great season in the net with a .940 save percentage and a 1.87 goals-against average on 298 shots.





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