(Duh-dum ... duh-dum ...)
We're going to be raped mercilessly again, aren't we? Hey, it worked last time, so sue me. The Sens are a surprising 8-2 in their last 10 games against California teams (5-1 last season and 3-1, so far, this season). They are 3-0 against the sharks in that stretch, however San Jose comes into this game on a streak of their own, having won their last 5 games. On paper, San Jose is ahead in pretty much every category. Both teams have 48 points, but San Jose has played two fewer games (and they play in a supposedly tougher Western Conference).
One thing going for Ottawa is that the Sharks have a losing record at home. Another is that San Jose is 11 points back of the Division leaders, whom the Sens just beat for the third time in a row. A win would put the Senators into a tie with the Habs for the last wildcard spot (Montreal would still be ahead on ROWs). Who would have thought this was even possible in December?
GO SENS GO!!!