After playing a single game on the road, the San Jose Sharks return to the Shark Tank tonight to take on the Ottawa Senators. The Sharks will be looking to start the season at 5-0 for the second consecutive year, while the Sens will try to maintain their current three-game points streak.
We know two things about this contest: For starters, it’s going to be very fast.. The Sharks have been alarmingly quick so far this season, while Ottawa possesses outstanding team speed as well. Erik Karlsson is almost worth the price of admission alone, while the likes of Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl have been flying through the first couple of games.
Secondly, we know that this game will feature some strong goaltending. Craig Anderson and Antti Niemi could both end up as finalists for the Vezina Trophy this season, so it’ll be fun to watch them duel it out.
Now your mandatory reading to get you through your first cup of java.
It’s incredible how casual hockey players are about their teeth. Watch John Tavares yank his out on the bench after taking a puck to the face. (NHL.com)
There’s something special about watching a young player score his first NHL goal. (Pro Hockey Talk)
Sports Illustrated examines whether or not the new rule changes have increased goal scoring (Sports Illustrated)