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Sharks Look To Bounce Back In Nashville

The San Jose Sharks come into Nashville on day two of a back to back looking to rebound from their last five losses, especially last nights massacre from the stars, all five losses coming  in regulation as well. The San Jose Sharks held a sizable and comfortable lead and had the division all but clinched until the skid, now they battle with the pacific contenders all with a shot at the division. This game is huge, this game is big for San Jose to get on track and keep pace with the surging Anaheim Ducks who are tied with the Sharks currently for first place. Last time San Jose and Nashville met the Predators, the Preds edged out the Sharks 3-1, one coming with an empty net. Currently they’ve split their season series at one game a piece and both have been fast paced and a little chippy between the whistles, probably because of their close and intense seven game series in the playoffs last year. Look for both teams to come out hard in the beginning, hopefully, as they both could use the two points morally and statistically, in the standings that is. This game is what the Sharks need to use to spring back on track and surge into the playoffs, if they can’t get back on track it could be an early than expected playoff exit.

In other news, Jannik Hansen returned from injury last night against the Stars and is expected to play tonight as well, Marc-Edouard Vlasic is questionable (Lower Body) and Melker Karlsson also is questionable (Lower Body). The Predators have just one injury which is Mike Fisher who is questionable as well with a lower body.

Predators Sharks Advantage
37-25-11(85 Points) Record 42-25-7(91 Points Sharks
4th in Central Div. Standing 1st in Pacific Sharks
6-2-2 Last 10 Games 4-6-0 Predators
20.0% Power Play 16.8% Predators
80.4% Penalty Kill 81.9% Sharks
213 Goals For 197 Predators
199 Goals Against 174 Sharks
+14 Goal Differential +23 Sharks

 

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Jannik Hansen – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Mikkel Boedker
Marcus Sorensen – Tomas Hertl – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones (likely starter)
Aaron Dell

Predators
Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala – Calle Jarnkrok – James Neal
Colin Wilson – Colton Sissons – Craig Smith
Cody McLeod – Vern Fiddler – Austin Watson

Romas Josi – Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm – P.K. Subban
Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne
Jusse Saros

About Daniel Parker

I'm an 18 year old college student currently enrolled at West Valley college, I've been following the Sharks since I was about 11 years old and haven't looked back since !

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