The Nashville Predators are in San Jose tonight (at 9:30 p.m. CT) to face the Sharks in the third outing of a four-game road trip. It's the second of three meetings between the conference foes this season; the Preds defeated the Sharks by a 5-2 count in Nashville back in October.
The current trip got off to a great start with a 6-1 win in Detroit on Monday, but Nashville had a tough go in Colorado as they fell to the Avalanche, 9-4, on Thursday. Six of those goals for the Avs came within an eight-minute span of the second period, and the nine tallies are the most given up by the Preds in a single game in club history.
"Like every other game you have to learn, you have to learn some things, and probably a lot more from this game," Preds Captain Roman Josi said following the loss. "This is a proud locker room, and we got embarrassed out there tonight. We have to show a reaction next game."
Nashville gets a chance to do just that tonight against the Sharks, and despite the loss on Thursday, the Predators are tied for the NHL lead in goals per game (4.00) and are second in goals (64) as of games played on Nov. 7. The Preds have scored at least four goals in 10 of their 16 contests, and they've tallied at least five goals in seven games.
Nineteen of Nashville's 23 skaters to appear in a game this season have registered a point, in addition to goaltender Pekka Rinne, who has two assists for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
Video: NSH Recap: Forsberg, Duchene score in loss to Avs
Last Time Out:
Ryan Ellis, Filip Forsberg, Matt Duchene and Craig Smith all scored for the Preds in Thursday's loss, and Duchene's marker came on the power play to give him three goals in his last two outings.
Josi leads the team in scoring with 17 points, followed by Ellis with 16 and Duchene with 14. Nick Bonino continues to pace the club with eight goals, followed by Forsberg with seven and Viktor Arvidsson with six. Nine Predators have hit double digits in points already.
The Sharks have won two straight after dropping their previous five games, including a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Tomas Hertl leads San Jose with 17 points, followed by Brent Burns with 16 and Evander Kane with 15. Kane is tops on the team with 10 goals, Hertl has six and Kevin Labanc has five. Martin Jones is 4-7-1 in net for the Sharks with an .883 save percentage.
Video: Coach Laviolette discusses matchup in San Jose.
The Predators are 36-29-(2)-7 all-time against the Sharks, including a 14-17-(1)-5 record at SAP Center. Overall, Nashville has won six of its last nine games (6-3-0) against San Jose. The Preds are 3-3-0 in their last six road contests versus the Sharks, including a 4-2 victory on March 16, 2019.
Notables Versus San Jose:
Ryan Johansen has produced a point per game against the Sharks in his career, tallying 24 points (9g-15a) in 24 games. He is on a six-game point streak against San Jose (1g-7a) and has 11 points (2g-9a) in his last nine meetings with the Sharks.
Roman Josi has 16 points (6g-10a) in 23 career games against the Sharks, and Matt Duchene has six points (3g-3a) in his last four games against San Jose.
Nick Bonino has five points (3g-2a) in his last seven games versus the Sharks and has 16 points (5g-11a) in 26 career games against them. He was drafted 173rd overall by the Sharks in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 9:30 p.m. CT puck drop at SAP Center begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 9 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 8:30 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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