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San Jose Sharks Face Predators in Saturday Matinee

San Jose Sharks Continue Home Stand, Host Predators

The San Jose Sharks host the Nashville Predators for a family day matinee at the tank in downtown San Jose. The Preds and Sharks have played once already this season where the Sharks bested Nashville by the score of 4-1. Also, they met each other last year during the Sharks historic run in which the series went the full length of 7 games including a wild triple overtime game, where in the end San Jose prevailed and moved on.

The sharks still sit atop the Pacific as they have for most of this season so they look to continue their success and pad to their division lead, as the Predators currently sit in third in the Central just two points ahead of the surging St. Louis Blues. This game is big for Nashville in the standings, in that every game from here down the stretch could put them in or out of a playoff spot.

The Sharks look to carry over from their last game where new Shark Jannik Hansen got his first point in San Jose for San Jose as they beat the league leading Washington Capitals. Expect the Sharks to keep things relatively similar to last game with Jannik up with the Joes and the same lines to follow throughout. This is another test for the Sharks to see if they can handle the fast teams outside the division and keep up.  It should be a good one today in San Jose between these two Western Conference teams battling for their playoff spots down the stretch.

David Schlemko is out with a lower body injury for the Sharks. For the Predators, P.A. Parenteau is day-to-day with a finger injury. Ryan Ellis is day-to-day with a lower body issue. Miikka Salomaki is out with a lower body.

San Jose Sharks   Nasvhille Predators Advantage
40-19-7(87 Points) Record 33-24-11 Sharks
1st in Pacific Div. Standing 3rd in Central Sharks
7-1-2 Last 10 5-2-3 Sharks
17.2%(23rd Overall) Power Play 20.6%(11th Overall) Predators
81.55%(13th Overall) Penalty Kill 79.88(22nd Overall) Sharks
184 Goals For 197 Predators
154 Goals Against 191 Sharks
+30 Differential +6 Sharks


San Jose Sharks Projected Lines

Jannik HansenJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski

Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureMikkel Boedker

Joonas DonskoiTomas HertlMelker Karlsson

Micheal HaleyChris TierneyJoel Ward

Paul MartinBrent Burns

Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun

Brenden DillonDylan DeMelo

Sharks Projected Starter

Martin Jones

Nashville Projected Lines

Filip ForsbergRyan JohansenViktor Arvidsson

Kevin FialaMike FisherCraig Smith

Colin WilsonCalle JarnkrokJames Neal

Cody McLeodColton SissonsAustin Watson

Roman JosiRyan Ellis

Mattias EkholmP.K. Subban

Matt IrwinYannick Weber

Nashville Projected Starter

Pekka Rinne


About Felix Chow

Felix is a proud Sharks fan since he started watching the Sharks in 2010. He is in his second year of writing for Pucknology.

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