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Predators host Sharks, look to end skid on home ice

Nashville has lost three straight at Bridgestone Arena

by Colin Stephenson / NHL.com Correspondent

SHARKS (27-19-4) at PREDATORS (24-20-8)

TV: CSN-CA, FS-TN, NHL.TV

Season series: The Nashville Predators defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-1 at SAP Center on Oct. 28. Eric Nystrom and Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville, with Jarnkrok breaking a 1-1 tie at 8:52 of the third period. Joe Pavelski scored for San Jose.

Sharks team scope: San Jose is halfway through a four-game road trip to open its post-All-Star break schedule and two games into a stretch that has it playing nine of 11 away from home. The Sharks, who are second in the Pacific Division, are 17-7-2 on the road, the best road record in the Western Conference, and 9-2-1 in their past 12 games overall. Goaltender Martin Jones is 8-1-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his past 10 starts. "I love his game right now,'' coach Peter DeBoer told the San Jose Mercury News after a 3-1 win at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. "I love the feeling he gives our team. The composure that he's playing with is contagious to our group.''

Predators team scope: Nashville has lost the first two of its four-game homestand following the All-Star break after a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The Predators are 13-9-3 at Bridgestone Arena but have lost three straight on home ice. "I think we've been a pretty good home team for a year-and-a-half, but right now, we need to make sure we take care of business at home,'' coach Peter Laviolette told the Predators website Friday. The past two losses at home came after Nashville had won four straight, all on the road, leading into the break. "We looked at the last road trip as a big turning point," defenseman Ryan Ellis told The Tennessean. "Going into it, we were struggling that month. We won four in a row, which was huge for us. Kind of got us back in the swing of things, but … we've got to win our games at home."

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