Sharks @ Predators Preview (Game 33)

The Nashville Predators (15-14-3) will play host to the San Jose Sharks (20-6-6) on Saturday night in the first of a three game regular season series. The Predators will look to extend their winning streak to 3 and keep their playoff hopes alive while the Sharks look to build on a win against Minnesota Thursday night that snapped a four game winless streak. 
TV/RADIO COVERAGE
 
Nashville: 102.5 The Game; FSN
 
San Jose: CSN-CA
 
 
Live Stream: http://livetv.sx/en/eventinfo/195431_san_jose_nashville/ 
 
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SEASON SERIES
 
This is the first meeting this season. 
 
 
LINE UP NEWS
 
Starting Goaltenders:
 
San Jose:  Antti Niemi 17-5-6 2.23 GAA .918 SV%
 
Nashville: Carter Hutton  6-3-1 2.83 GAA .909 SV%
 
Nashville Injuries: G Pekka Rinna (IR; Hip), F Craig Smith (day to day, flu like symptoms)
 
San Jose Injuries: F Raffi Torres (IR, lower body), F Adam Burish (IR, back), F Mike Brown (day to day, lower body), D Scott Hannan (day to day, lower body)
 
Projected Nashville Scratches: D Mattias Ekholm
 
Projected San Jose Scratches: F Mike Brown, D Scott Hannan
 
PROJECTED LINES
Nashville
Nystrom – Fisher – Stalberg
Spaling – Legwand – Hornqvist
Wilson – Cullen – Bourque
Clune – Gaustad – Hendricks
Josi – Weber
Bartley – Klein
Jones – Ellis
Hutton
Mazanec
 
San Jose
Hertl – Thornton – Burns
Marleau – Couture – Pavelski
Nieto – Desjardins – Wingels
Havlat – McCarthy – Kennedy
Vlasic – Boyle
Stuart – Braun
Irwin – Demers
Niemi
Stalock
 
PLAYERS TO WATCH
 
Nashville:  G Carter Hutton. For now, it looks like Hutton has won the starting job back. The young goaltender has allowed just 2 goals over the past two games he's played. The Predators will need a big time performance from him tonight if they plan on knocking off one of the best teams in the Western Conference
 
San Jose: F Joe Pavelski. As of late, Pavelski has been on fire. He's netted three goals in the past two games and is second to Joe Thornton in total points for the season. 
 
Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.
 
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