Sharks @ Predators Preview (Game 44)

The Nashville Predators (18-19-6) return home Tuesday to play the San Jose Sharks (27-10-6) for the start of a crucial five game home stand.

As it sits, the Predators are seven points out of the final playoff spot and are dangerously close to falling out of contention.  The next nine games (seven of which will be played at home) will most likely determine how the rest of the season will play out.  Needless to say, tonight is a must win game.  

 

TV/RADIO COVERAGE

Nashville: 102.5 The Game

San Jose: CSN-CA

Live Stream: http://livetv.sx/en/eventinfo/195586_san_jose_nashville/

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SEASON SERIES

This is the second of a three game regular season series.  The Predators beat the Sharks 3-2 on December 14th at Bridgestone Arena.

LINE UP NEWS

Starting Goaltenders:

 

Name

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

Antti Niemi

22

8

6

2.45

.911

Marek Mazanec

7

8

3

2.82

.904

Nashville Injuries: G Pekka Rinne (IR,Hip)

San Jose Injuries: F Logan Couture (IR; upper body), F Raffi Torres (IR; knee), F Adam Burish (IR; lower body), Tomas Hertl (IR; knee), F Tommy Wingels (IR; upper body), F Martin Havlat (IR; lower body), Tyler Kennedy (day to day; flu)

Projected Nashville Scratches: F Rich Clune, D Victor Bartley

Projected San Jose Scratches: D Scott Hannan

PROJECTED LINES

Nashville


Wilson – Fisher – Hornqvist

Spaling – Legwand – Smith

Bourque – Cullen –  Stalberg

Nystrom – Gaustad – Hendricks

Josi – Weber

Jones – Ekholm

Klein – Ellis

Mazanec

Hutton

 

San Jose

Marleau – Thornton – Burns

Sheppard – Pavelski – Neito

McCarthy – Desjardins – Kearns

Kennedy – Hamilton – Brown

Boyle – Irwin

Braun – Vlasic

Demers – Stuart

Niemi

Stalock


PLAYERS TO WATCH

Nashville:   Patric Hornqvist has a 2 goals and 4 assists in his past 5 games

 

San Jose: Joe Thornton has 12 assists in his past 8 games.  

 

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.

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