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San Jose aims to end four-game winless streak; Granlund could return for Nashville

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

SHARKS (15-15-2) at PREDATORS (13-10-5)

8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, NBCSCA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The San Jose Sharks will try to end a four-game winless streak when they play the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Sharks are 0-3-1 in their past four games and have been outscored 19-6 after going 11-2-0 in their previous 13. The game in Nashville will be the finale of a four-game road trip.

Predators forward Mikael Granlund could return after missing two games with a lower-body injury. Nashville is 4-1-2 in its past seven games but 2-4-3 in its past nine at home.

 

Players to watch

Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson has six assists in his past six games.

Predators forward Rocco Grimaldi has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past six games.

 

They said it

"It would help. You fall behind 2-0 like we did early in that Florida game, you dig yourself a hole. Teams that we're playing on this trip are very good teams and they're tough to dig out of holes against. We'd like to score the first one tonight." -- Sharks forward Logan Couture

"I think they're going to be pretty dangerous tonight. They've lost their last couple games and when you've been in that situation you come out desperate and hungry. We're expecting that from that team. I think discipline will be a big key for us tonight. They've had a great power play for so many years. They're always dangerous." -- Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis

 

Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Barclay Goodrow

Timo Meier -- Tomas Hertl -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Patrick Marleau

Noah Gregor -- Dylan Gambrell -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Mario Ferraro -- Tim Heed

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Lean Bergmann, Lukas Radil, Radim Simek

Injured: Antti Suomela (undisclosed)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Calle Jarnkrok

Daniel Carr -- Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Mikael Granlund -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Yakov Trenin

Injured: Viktor Arvidsson (lower body)

 

Status report

Dillon was paired with Burns at the morning skate. … The Predators held an optional skate. … Trenin is expected to be a healthy scratch if Granlund returns.

 

Stat pack

Jones is 5-7-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .882 save percentage in 14 games against the Predators. … Saros is 3-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .913 save percentage in six games against the Sharks.

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