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Predators @ San Jose Sharks (Game 8): Preview

(Ben Margot/AP)

The Nashville Predators look to give the San Jose Sharks their first loss of the season. San Jose has been on a roll early winning all seven games so far. For the Predators, this will be their last game on the west coast in their road trip. Puck drops at 9:38 PM CT/7:38 PM CT at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

San Jose: CSN-CA and KFOX 98.5

Season Series

First meeting of the season.

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

Name W L OT GAA SV%
#35 Pekka Rinne 1 2 3 2.37 .907
#31 Antti Niemi 6 0 0 1.95 .933

Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum, #23 W Brian McGrattan and #27 W Patric Hornqvist (out; lower body)

Projected San Jose Scratches: #21 W TJ Galiardi, #53 D Matt Irwin, #54 D Nick Petrecki and #88 D Brent Burns (IR; lower body)

Projected Lines

Nashville

#33 Colin Wilson #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat
#18 Brandon Yip #11 David Legwand #57 Gabriel Bourque
#15 Craig Smith #13 Nick Spaling #74 Sergei Kostitsyn
#16 Rich Clune #28 Paul Gaustad #24 Matt Halischuk
#6 Shea Weber #22 Scott Hannan
#75 Hal Gill #4 Ryan Ellis
#8 Kevin Klein #59 Roman Josi
#35 Pekka Rinne
#30 Chris Mason

San Jose

#12 Patrick Marleau #19 Joe Thornton #8 Joe Pavelski
#29 Ryan Clowe #39 Logan Couture #9 Martin Havlat
#15 James Sheppard #26 Michal Handzus #57 Tommy Wingels
#10 Andrew Desjardins #23 Scott Gomez #37 Adam Burish
#7 Brad Stuart #44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic
#22 Dan Boyle #3 Douglas Murray
#61 Justin Braun #5 Jason Demers
#31 Antti Niemi
#1 Thomas Greiss

Thoughts on Both Teams

Predators: After winning in a shootout Thursday night in Los Angeles, Nashville will attempt to ignite a must needed winning streak on the west coast. Goaltender Pekka Rinne was able to give his team their second win of the season and earned himself his first win. Rinne switched to his Reebok Premier 4 pads set that he wore last season, from the brand new CCM RBZ's.They must be working, as the superstitious goaltender is 1-0-0 wearing them.

Brandon Yip took advantage of his second line playing time scoring the only goal for Nashville Thursday night at Staples Center, going top shelf on Jonathan Quick. His hardworking, forechecking ability is just what the doctor–Barry Trotz–ordered.

For Nashville to win, they need to cut down the turnovers and play a whole sixty plus minutes in a game. Rinne has been doing his share of the work in the pipes, but the offensive production hasn't been there yet.

Sharks: The storyline for San Jose has been the play of Patrick Marleau leading San Jose to an undefeated season so far at 7-0-0. Marleau was awarded the NHL's 2nd star of the month with nine goals, five assists in only seven games. 

Also, San Jose is starting to get healthy on defense, but head coach Todd McLellan is a little hesitant, rightfully so, to bring them into the lineup. Why mess with success? Jason Demers could make his debut Saturday night and Brent Burns is closer to returning from injured reserve. 

San Jose Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#12 Patrick Marleau 7 9 5
#8 Joe Pavelski 7 4 8
#39 Logan Couture 7 5 5

 

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