Programming note: Sharks-Senators coverage gets underway today at 6:30 p.m., only on Comcast SportsNet California
Where they stand
Sharks: 4-0-0, 8 points, 1st Pacific Division, 1st Western Conference
Senators: 1-0-2, 4 points, 4th Atlantic Division, 8th Eastern Conference
Goals per game: 5.25 (1st)
Goals-against per game: 1.25 (2nd)
Power play: 22.2 percent (10th)
Penalty kill: 81.8 percent (14th)
Goals per game: 2.67 (T, 17th)
Goals-against per game: 2.67 (15th)
Power play: 12.5 percent (24th)
Penalty kill: 75.0 percent (24th)
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Tyler Kennedy – Logan Couture – Patrick Marleau
Matt Nieto – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard – Andrew Desjardins – Matt Pelech
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Scott Hannan – Jason Demers
Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Bobby Ryan
Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Cory Conacher
Colin Greening – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Erik Condra
Zack Smith – Stephane DaCosta – Chris Neil
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen – Patrick Wiercioch
Chris Phillips – Eric Gryba
Sharks: The Sharks kept their record perfect with a 4-1 win in Vancouver on Thursday, their first road game of the season. Matt Pelech’s first career NHL goal was the game-winner, while Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Patrick Marleau and Brent Burns (empty net) also scored. Joe Thornton and Logan Couture had two assists each, and Antti Niemi made 25 saves.
Senators: Ottawa rallied from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime, but lost 4-3 to the Kings in the extra session in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Milan Michalek scored in the defeat, and Craig Anderson made 28 saves. The Senators are in the midst of a six-game road trip to open the season, with stops in Anaheim and Phoenix on the horizon.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tyler Kennedy. Sharks head coach Todd McLellan was complimentary of his new winger after the win in Vancouver, as Kennedy set up Patrick Marleau for a key second period goal. Kennedy has two assists total and is still looking for his first goal, but has had career success against the Senators with 11 goals in 20 games, tied for the most against any opponent.
Senators: Erik Karlsson. One of the best defensemen in the NHL, and a former Norris Trophy winner, Karlsson missed most of the 2013 season with a left Achilles laceration. He’s played three career games against the Sharks, with a goal and an assist. He’s part of Ottawa’s top defense pair, as well as the power play quarterback.
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right ACL surgery), Marty Havlat (offseason pelvic surgery), Adam Burish (lower body), and Brad Stuart (suspension) are out.
The Sharks will visit Ottawa later this month, on Oct. 27, in what is the final game of a four-game trip for San Jose.
The teams last met on Jan. 19, 2012, a 4-1 Ottawa victory at SAP Center. That snapped a five-game Sharks winning streak against the Senators.
San Jose owns an 11-9-4-0 advantage all-time against Ottawa.
“We like what we see so far. It’s a long season, but we’ve got a lot of good things we can build off of.” -- Patrick Marleau
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