WHO: Western Conference Quarterfinal Series, Game 5: Nashville Predators vs. San Jose Sharks - Sharks lead series 3 games to 1
TICKETS: Sold out!
PROMOTIONS: All fans receive a Predators Rally Towel courtesy of Land Rover Nashville; activities on the Nashville Arena plaza (weather permitting), including the Red Bull TNT Motorcycle Jumpers, starting at 4:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: Nashville Arena, Nashville, TN
TONIGHT THE PREDS WEAR: Blue
TONIGHT'S ANTHEM PERFORMER: Vince Gill and Amy Grant
TELEVISION: FSN South (Comcast cable Ch. 28 in Davidson and Williamson counties, DISH Network Ch. 445, DirecTV Ch. 664), Versus (outside local viewing area in U.S.), TSN alternate feed (Canada)
RADIO: WGFX 104.5-FM; SATELLITE RADIO: XM Radio Ch. 207, SIRIUS Radio Ch. 122
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Game Notes: Game by Game
One-Sheet Game Preview
It's all on the line tonight when the Nashville Predators host the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 of their 2007 Western Conference Quarterfinal playoff series at the Nashville Arena. San Jose captured wins in Games 3 and 4 at the H.P. Pavilion, pushing its lead to 3-1 in the best-of-seven first-round series.
Please note the special start time of tonight's game, 8:00 p.m. CT. The contest will be broadcast locally on FSN South and WGFX 104.5-FM, and televised nationally on Versus (joined in progress in U.S.) and a TSN alternate feed (Canada).
The Predators return to home ice where they have posted an all-time playoff record of 4-4. Nashville finished the 2006-07 regular season with a record of 28-8-5 on home ice, tying the club for the fourth-best home record in the NHL.
San Jose outshot Nashville 41-20 in Game 3 Monday night, using six man-advantage opportunities in the game's first two periods to wear down the Preds. In Game 4 on Wednesday night, the Predators posted a 25-23 shot advantage but were again worn down by killing three man-advantage situations in the second period. The Sharks scored twice in the second frame and held off a late Nashville rally for the 3-2 win.
San Jose has captured wins in the last two games, but only three times during the entire 2006-07 regular season did the Predators lose more than twice in a row... Entering last night's NHL playoff action, the Nashville penalty-killing unit was operating at the top clip (95.6%) in the league. Nashville penalty-killers went 5-5 in Game 4 Wednesday, running their series mark to 22-23... Nashville is 0-2 in playoff Game 5's all-time, 0-1 when playing Game 5 on home ice... Nashville is 0-2 in elimination games, with both previous elimination games (Game 6 of the 2004 WCQ vs. Detroit and Game 5 of the 2006 WCQ vs. San Jose) at the Nashville Arena... In NHL history, teams have trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series a total of 214 times and have come back to win the series on 20 occasions (9.3%).
Scott Hartnell's first goal of the 2007 post-season, a PP marker scored while goalie Tomas Vokoun was replaced by an extra skater, made the score 3-2 with less than three minutes remaining in regulation in Game 4. Hartnell is the only Predators to have scored at least one goal in each of the club's three post-season appearances... C David Legwand leads Nashville with three playoff assists. He leads Nashville forwards in average ice time (23:03)... Nashville RW J.P. Dumont, who scored two goals in both Game 1 and Game 2 of the WCQ vs. San Jose, netted an assist in Game 3 and is the only Predator with points (4g-2a) in the first four games of the series... LW Ramzi Abid made his NHL post-season debut in Game 4 at San Jose, while RW Jordin Tootoo recorded his first playoff point with an assist in Game 4... RW Alexander Radulov returned to the Nashville lineup in Game 4 after sitting out one game due to a league suspension. The rookie tied with Legwand for the team lead with four shots in the contest... Nashville captain Kimmo Timonen blocked a game-high three shots in Game 4. He leads Nashville in average ice time (24:18) in the series.