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Predators at Sharks preview

Nashville looking to bounce back after allowing nine goals; San Jose has won two straight

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (9-5-2) at SHARKS (6-10-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Nashville Predators will look to bounce back after allowing nine goals in their last game when they play the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Saturday.

Nashville lost 9-4 to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, including allowing six goals in eight minutes in the second period, and is 1-2-1 in its past four games.

San Jose has won two in a row and is looking to win three straight for the first time since Oct. 10-16. Goalie Martin Jones is expected to make his third straight start and seventh in the past eight games. 

The Predators defeated the Sharks 5-2 in their first meeting Oct. 8.


Players to watch

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has four points (two goals, two assists) in the past three games.

Sharks center Tomas Hertl has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past two games.


They said it 

"We're a veteran team and we know how to play the game the right way. … We have to have a short memory whether we win or lose. I think it's a good lesson if you're going to look for a silver lining." -- Predators forward Matt Duchene after the loss to the Avalanche

"This is an elite team, we talked about it this morning. I think we're ready to put our game up against an elite team and see where we sit. I think we're trending in that direction. We'll see tonight. Tonight's a test." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok -- Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Austin Watson -- Colton Sissons -- Mikael Granlund

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Miikka Salomaki, Matt Irwin

Injured: None


Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Timo Meier -- Tomas Hertl -- Barclay Goodrow

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Patrick Marleau

Noah Gregor -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Radim Simek -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Mario Ferraro

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Lukas Radil, Dalton Prout

Injured: Jacob Middleton (shoulder)


Status report

Melker Karlsson will return to the lineup after missing the past two games because of an upper-body injury. … Ferraro is a game-time decision. … Prout was a full participant at morning skate. … Middleton skated in a non-contact jersey at morning skate.


Stat pack

Josi has four assists in a three-game point streak. … Kane has scored a goal in three straight games and has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. … Duchene has scored three goals in the past two games. … Meier has four points (two goals, two assists) in the past two games. 

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