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The San Jose Sharks will be trying to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the Ottawa Senators at the SAP Center on Saturday night. San Jose most recently continued its fine form with a victory over Vegas on Thursday, improving to 7-1-0 in its past eight outings. From completely out of nowhere (or from an eight-game losing streak, to be exact), the Senators have won two in a row at the expense of Anaheim and Los Angeles.
The Senators have seen a reversal of fortune take place since heading to California, recovering from a season-long eight-game skid (0-7-1) by earning back-to-back road wins for the first time during this 2018-19 campaign. Chris Tierney, formerly of San Jose, had an assist in Wednesday’s 2-1 overtime victory at Anaheim and scored twice in a 4-1 triumph in Los Angeles the following night.
ICYMI: The #Sens beat the Kings 4-1 last night and are 2-0 to start their California road trip.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) January 11, 2019
Mikkel Boedker, also a former Shark, picked up his fifth assist in eight contests on Thursday and earned his 200th career assist on Tierney’s first goal. The 29-year-old Dane scored a goal and set up three others in last month’s victory over San Jose, with which he spent the previous two seasons. Fellow forward Bobby Ryan, who had a goal and an assist in that encounter, has lit the lamp three times and set up four other goals during his six-game point streak.
Karlsson faces former team
San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson has made himself at home with his new team, producing one goal and 24 assists over 14 consecutive appearances before being held off the scoresheet in his most recent outing. The two-time Norris Trophy recipient will look to contribute more on offense against his former team as the Sharks vie for their season-best sixth straight win on Saturday against Ottawa. In Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Vegas, Karlsson’s failure to find the box score marked his first such occasion since he returned to Canada’s capital city in a 6-2 setback against the Senators on Dec. 1. The 28-year-old Swede spent his first nine NHL seasons in Ottawa and reportedly is expected to begin contract negotiations after the All-Star Game as he competes in the final go-around of a seven-year, $45.5 million deal.
Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi scored 39 seconds apart in the third period on Thursday to help San Jose capture its 1,000th regular-season victory in franchise history. Fellow forward Tomas Hertl has collected 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in his past 18 games.
The San Jose Sharks are:
- 5-0 in their last five overall
- 4-0 in their last four home games
- 4-1 in their last five games playing on one day of rest
The Ottawa Senators are:
- 2-8 in their last 10 overall
- 14-43 in their last 57 road games
- 0-4 in their last four games against teams with winning records
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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Ottawa, which is without Matt Duchene after his wife gave birth recently, placed fellow center Colin White (shoulder) on injured reserve on Friday after he took a hard hit from Los Angeles defenseman Jake Muzzin. The Senators are also a team in transition, making a pair of trades on Friday. They acquired defenseman Cody Goloubef from Boston’s AHL affiliate (Providence) in exchange for forward Paul Carey, while also adding Morgan Klimchuk from the Maple Leafs for fellow forward Gabriel Gagne. San Jose goalie Martin Jones has won each of his last six starts and surrendered just five goals during his last three games. The Senators are 4-9 in their last 13 against the Western Conference, 1-4 in their last five following a win, 2-6 in their last eight on the road against opponents with home winning percentages over .600, and 0-4 in their last four on Saturdays. San Jose is 4-0 in its last four against the Eastern Conference and 5-1 in its last six at home against opponents with road winning percentages under .400.
Prediction: San Jose Sharks
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For San Jose, Donskoi has eight goals in his last seven games to boost his season total to a career high-tying 14–which initially was set in 2017-18.All-star defenseman Brent Burns has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in his last eight. The over is 36-17-3 in the Senators’ last 56 overall, 16-5-1 in their last 22 on the road, 10-3 in their last 13 against the Western Conference, and 6-2-1 in their last nine against the Pacific Division. It is also 5-2-2 in the Sharks’ last nine overall and 4-1-1 in their last six against the Eastern Conference. Additionally, the over is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings between the two teams. Look for this one to go over the total.