The Sharks will play their first game of the postseason in Nashville these playoffs looking to add to their 2-0 series lead. A lot has gone right for the sharks these playoffs thus far Jones has been solid, the production is coming from throughout the lineup and the guys you expect to step up have. If you’re looking for some negative though you could be concerned by the shrinking ice time for Patrick Marleau but for me, that is a topic for later but something to watch as it develops. All that matters now is the Sharks continue to win.
My keys to a Sharks victory in game three
- The Sharks need to continue to execute on special teams. So far the Sharks have done a great job on the power play so far this series against what looked like an unbeatable penalty kill for the Predators capitalizing on three of five attempts so far. The Sharks have been equally good on the penalty kill keeping an anemic Predators penalty kill off the board all but once on four attempts.
- The Sharks are going to likely need to weather the initial storm. The Predators are likely going to come out hard knowing that losing this game at home could be the death of their season and the Sharks need to be ready for that. They need to continue winning the faceoff battle even though Nashville will now get last change.
- Sharks need to trust in the process. Pekka Rinne was very close to stealing game two but the Sharks trusted in the process and didn’t get frustrated to win the game. They need to continue having the frankly brilliant play of Rinne go to waste and let the frustration build on the Predators side of the puck.
- Finally, the Sharks need to get the shots down a touch, Martin Jones has played very very well but having him face nearly 40 shots a game is not a recipe for success.
Matchup by the Numbers
|Nashville Predators||San Jose Sharks||Advantage|
|4-5||Playoff Record||6-1||Sharks lead 2-0|
|(2/31) 6.5%||Power Play||(8/26) 30.8%||Sharks|
|(23/30) 76.7%||Penalty Kill||(15/19) 78.9%||Sharks|
Predators Projected Lineup
Jarnkrok – Johansen – Neal
Forsberg – Ribeiro – Smith
Wilson – Fisher – Arvidsson
Salomaki – Gaustad – Sissons
Josi – Weber
Ekholm – Ellis
Bitetto – Jackman
Sharks Projected Lineup
Hertl – Thornton – Pavelski
Donskoi – Couture – Ward
Karlsson – Marleau – Nieto
Spaling – Tierney – Wingels
Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – Polak