- Editor's note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California's Sharks coverage for the 2021-22 season. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at @Sheng_Peng.
It’s been a while since the San Jose Sharks have entered a game as favorites.
Think about it: Their last five games have been against Cup contenders like the Carolina Hurricanes, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, and Colorado Avalanche. They played short-handed in the six contests before that as the likes of Erik Karlsson and Timo Meier were in COVID protocol.
So how would the Sharks approach the visiting 4-11-1 Ottawa Senators?
“I didn’t like our first period at all,” Bob Boughner lamented. “They won more battles than us. They were more hungry in the first period.”