Team Teal continues it’s four game road trip and it’s another set of back to backs. Here’s 14 things you need to know before the puck drop at 4pm.
1. Continue the Streak, Stop the Streak
San Jose is on a three game winning streak as it heads into Kanata to take on the Ottawa Senators, in hope of avenge a 4-2 loss last Wednesday at the Shark Tank. Ottawa has won five straight over the Sharks, something Team Teal needs to avoid a sixth.
2. Pacific is Practically Packed In
Entering tonight, the San Jose Sharks thanks to their 16 regulation / overtime wins, has the slight edge in the Pacific Division. They have the slight edge in ROWs but tied in points with Anaheim and Edmonton, with Calgary just a point behind.
3. Pickles In Or In A Pickle?
With the quick back to backs, the Sharks did not have a morning skate prior to today’s game. It is assumed that Marc-Edouard Vlasic will once again be a game time decision. If he can’t go expect David Schlemko to be partnered with Justin Braun. Schlemko had a team high seven shots and played 17:08 in Tuesday night’s win in Toronto.
4. Jones Keeps Rolling or Dellicious Delight?
With no morning skate, we keep speculating that Aaron Dell gets the nod tonight with Martin Jones finishing the rest of the road trip. That being said, we wouldn’t be shocked if Martin Jones wants to revenge the loss to the Sens himself.
5. Status Quo for Sharks
Barring Vlasic comes into the lineup, which likely bumps Dylan DeMelo to the press box.
Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski
Donskoi – Couture – Ward
Labanc – Tierney – Boedker
Nieto – Wingels – Karlsson
Martin – Burns
Schlemko – Braun
Dillon – DeMelo
6. Cotton Eye Burnzie
🎶 Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe? 🎶 pic.twitter.com/W54hFHomLg
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) December 14, 2016
7. Burnzie & Jumbo Still Trailing McJesus
All Star voting continues without the fun of voting Long Beach native Matt Nieto to the lineup. In the Pacific, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid is still on top with the Sharks’ Brent Burns in second, followed by Johnny Gaudreau of Calgary, Anze Kopitar from the Kings, then Joe Thornton. Voting continues at nhl.com
8. Kudos to Hyman
In my opinion, should’ve had one of the three stars on the night. Within the first period, he blocked two shots from Burns, which kudos for blocking and not being seriously hurt. Then after the first penalty kill, scores the opening goal just to back break the Sharks early.
9. Battle of the Norris Candidates, Part II
Once again it’s Brent Burns battling Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson tonight. While Burns has been on a roll, and leads all defensemen in goals. Karlsson leads all defensemen in points and assists. They have played so far this season as Norris candidates again.
10. Sen-sational Players to Watch
Mark Stone who was on fire last week when the Senators beat the Sharks last week, is one to watch. Add in Karlsson, along with Kyle Turris who has 19 points this season, with seven of his eleven goals goals at home.
11. Condon Out?
Sens goalie Mike Condon was injured in the morning skate. Unknown if Ottawa will have to go to an emergency goaltender
12. 1000 Kudos for Chris Neil
Prior to the puck drop, Senators veteran Chris Neil will be honored in a ceremony to recognize his 1000th game, which he played in Los Angeles on Saturday.
13. Sens on the Move?
Unlike previous years, this rumor of an Senators relocation is within city limits. The Senators are trying to build a rink in downtown Ottawa, where they had revitalized their outdoor stadium where the CFL’s RedBlacks play and the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s rink is nestled underneath the grandstands. (The 67’s rink is also where the Senators played in their first three plus seasons.) It’s early in the stages but it is expected to solidify the financial uncertainty of the franchise.
14. Watch Pucknology After Dark Tonight!
Puckguy, Chris and Ian will be analyzing and taking your questions and thoughts on Pucknology After Dark after tonight’s game.