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San Jose looks to avoid worst start in its history; Predators coach Laviolette can climb all-time wins list

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (0-3-0) at PREDATORS (1-1-0)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

The San Jose Sharks will try to avoid matching the worst start in their history when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

A loss by the Sharks would equal their 0-4-0 start in 1993-94.

Forward Evander Kane will make his season debut for San Jose after serving a three-game suspension for physical abuse of an official. He is expected to play left wing on the second line with Tomas Hertl and Barclay Goodrow.

Sharks forward Marcus Sorensen will miss the game because of an undisclosed injury. 

Predators coach Peter Laviolette needs one win to tie Bryan Murray (620) for 17th place on the NHL's all-time list.


Players to watch

Sharks center Logan Couture has two points (one goal, one assist) in three games; no other San Jose player has more than one point.

Predators center Matt Duchene has five assists in two games.


They said it

"It allows you to have an elite guy at the most important position on each unit, which is the guy at the top. But … we're going to have different looks. And depending on health and personnel and who we have in and out, I think we're going to see a lot of different formations there." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on splitting up defensemen Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns on the power-play units

"Obviously you always need to be aware of what's going on around you and make good decisions with the puck. Just keep your head cool. … Everybody just wants to contribute offensively, but there has to be a little bit more of a mindset to play defense as well." -- Predators forward Filip Forsberg on avoiding the counterattack when pushing offensively


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Barclay Goodrow

Melker Karlsson -- Joe Thornton -- Jonny Brodzinski

Lean Bergmann -- Dylan Gambrell -- Lukas Radil

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson

Mario Ferraro -- Trevor Carrick

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Danil Yurtaykin

Injured: Dalton Prout (upper body), Jacob Middleton (undisclosed), Tim Heed (upper body), Radim Simek (knee), Marcus Sorensen (undisclosed)


Predators projected lineup

Craig Smith -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Kyle Turris -- Calle Jarnkrok

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Carr

Injured: None


Status report

Sorensen being out is a result of a play in a 3-1 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, DeBoer said. … The Predators held an optional morning skate. … Irwin is expected to enter the lineup in place of Hamhuis.


Stat pack

Jones is 0-2-0 with a 4.80 goals-against average and .862 save percentage. … Thornton has 64 points (14 goals, 50 assists) in 54 games against Nashville. … Arvidsson has 14 points (10 goals, four assists) in 10 games against San Jose.

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