Face-off: 2230 ET, 24/11/2021
Venue: SAP Center
Ottawa have only claimed four victories this season, five fewer than San Jose, but there is not much between these teams in several key stats departments.
If the Senators can bring their A-game to SAP Center, the feeling is this is a winnable contest for DJ Smith’s side.
We’re willing to take a punt on the visitors to prevail in regular time at a value price of 3.10 in our San Jose Sharks vs Ottawa Senators predictions.
San Jose Sharks Odds
San Jose showed plenty of spirit to scramble to a 2-1 overtime triumph over an in-form Carolina outfit.
Kevin Labanc cancelled out Tony DeAngelo’s opener in the third period and Alexander Barabanov completed the comeback with a decisive strike.
Head coach Bob Boughner commented: “We had some trouble in our own end at times but we didn’t panic. It’s not always pretty but it’s two points.”
The Sharks had previously laboured in front of goal during a run of four defeats in five games, though, and they were far from convincing again going forward.
Examining the NHL odds for this match, we feel 4.50 for an away win and under 5.5 goals in the game is another fair price.
Ottawa Senators Odds
Ottawa predictably showed some rink-rust on their return from a Covid outbreak but there were also some encouraging signs in a 7-5 loss at Colorado.
Facing such a fast and physical outfit in those circumstances was always going to be tough, especially in the Mile High city.
However, the Sens put in a gutsy display to fight back from behind on three occasions and even held the lead twice in the final period before unfortunately fading late on.
Zach Sanford was the star of the show with a hat-trick, with the 27-year-old grabbing a goal in each period with clinical efficiency.
He declared: “We had that intensity and kept coming back but we have to mature a little bit and learn how to close those games out.”
Those eight days off may just have helped freshen up Ottawa, though, as well creating a bond between the players.
Let’s finish off our NHL predictions on this match by taking 9.00 for the Sens to shade it by one goal in regulation time.
The last couple of head-to-head meetings between these sides were settled by the narrowest of margins, with a 2-1 win apiece.
SAN JOSE 2-1 Carolina (OT)
Colorado 7-5 OTTAWA
Head-to-head: Ottawa 1-2 San Jose, San Jose 1-2 Ottawa, Ottawa 5-2 San Jose, San Jose 4-1 Ottawa
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