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Preview: Predators at Sharks

San Jose looks to stay sharp at home when Nashville visits Saturday

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

PREDATORS (2-4-1) at SHARKS (5-3-0)

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

 
Predators team scope

After losing three of their first four games, the Nashville Predators have gone 1-1-1 over their past three. They're coming off a 3-2 overtime loss Thursday at the Los Angeles Kings, one day after losing 6-1 at the Anaheim Ducks. "We're just trying to build, one step at a time," Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said after Nashville's morning skate Saturday. "We've had a little bit of adversity early on in the season, and I don't think that's a bad thing for a hockey club. I think it's a good thing. Whether it's sickness, whether it's mixing up lines and stuff like that, we've gone through a little bit of ups and downs. It looks like we're starting to roll a little bit, and we definitely want to build on that momentum from last game." The Predators are 6-2-1 in their past seven regular-season games against San Jose, but lost their Western Conference Second Round series against the Sharks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season in seven games. Nashville went 0-4 at SAP Center in the series and lost 5-0 in Game 7.

 

Sharks team scope

The San Jose Sharks will try to extend their winning streak to three games and remain perfect this season at SAP Center. "We know this team well from the playoffs last year, so we've got a good book on them," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. "Bring back some memories to last year's playoffs and what we did well and what worked well against them and what they did that was effective against us. I think the preparation part was probably the easy part. When you go through a seven-game series with a team, you know them intimately. I think that's the case probably on both ends." The Sharks went 18-20-3 last season at SAP Center but are 3-0-0 at home this season. "It's a good start," Sharks center Joe Thornton said. "It's early, really, really early on, but it's nice the way we've been playing at home." San Jose defeated the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday and the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Thursday, both at SAP Center.

 

Predators projected lineup

Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- James Neal

Filip Forsberg -- Mike Ribeiro -- Kevin Fiala

Colin Wilson -- Mike Fisher -- Craig Smith

Calle Jarnkrok -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Marek Mazanec

Scratched: Harry Zolnierczyk, Matt Carle

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body), Anthony Bitetto (upper body), Cody Bass (upper body)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Mikkel Boedker -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Joonas Donskoi -- Logan Couture -- Joel Ward

Patrick Marleau -- Tomas Hertl -- Melker Karlsson

Micheal Haley -- Chris Tierney -- Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Dylan DeMelo, Matt Nieto

Injured: None

 

Status report

The Sharks will use the same lineup for the third straight game, with Haley on the third line in place of Nieto again. ... Irwin, a former Shark, is expected to play his second straight game in place of Carle since being recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Oct. 24. Irwin had 50 points (16 goals, 34 assists) in 153 games with the Sharks from 2012-15. He'll face the Sharks for the first time.

 

Who's hot

Vlasic and Donskoi each have two-game point streaks with one goal and one assist. ... Arvidsson leads the Predators in goals (four) and points (six). He had a goal and an assist against the Kings. ... Subban has two goals and three assists in his first seven games with Nashville

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