Last year, the Sens took the Sharks to overtime when Johnathan Cheechoo cashed in with the overtime winner. Tonight, the Sharks are the league's best team and have changed a lot from with new coach Todd McClellan.
The Sharks are coming off a 4-1 loss to the ever-embattled Detroit Red Wings last night. It should play for some fatigue, especially since I heard they arrived in Ottawa in the peak of midnight. Coupled that they're facing a victorious, well rested Ottawa team, the stars may be aligned for a win tonight. Alex Auld will make his second straight start tonight and according to The San Jose Sharks website, the Sharks will counter with Brian Boucher.
This team has some real good pedigree. Not only do they have some great stuff up front(Thornton, Marleau, Cheechoo, Setogouchi, Pavelski, Clowe), but they have some nice defenseman who compliment their offense as well. And of course they have Evgeni Nabokov, a Vezina Trophy contender and their backup, Brian Boucher, is 9-1-1 this season. Talk about a ferocious tandem.
The Sens have to play hard tonight. Their hockey sense has to be great tonight because they obviously can't let the Sharks go on the PP, and when they are on the PP, the Sens have to counter with their brilliant PK. I think we'll expect a more balanced attack, as the Sharks are going to defend the Pizza line, but players like Mike Comrie and Mike Fisher, and even Chris Campoli and Filip Kuba could contribute more heavily.
For some rumors to end off the post, I talked to asource late last night and he, quote on quote, said "Murray has many assets in his hand and with top notch availabilities becoming too sought after, teams might go for cheaper good players, which contributes Kuba and Neil, and even maybe Jason Smith". What do you think, Sens fans?
Magic crystal ball says 4-3 SO win tonight(Donovan, Spezza, Foligno, Campoli SO winner; Vlasic, Setogouchi, Boyle)
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