The Nashville Predators conclude their three-game homestand tonight with a chance to collect five out of a possible six points - both in the homestand and the season series - as the San Jose Sharks come to town. It's already the third and final meeting of the campaign between the two conference foes; the Preds beat the Sharks in Nashville in October before falling in a shootout in San Jose in November.
The Predators have points in six of their last seven outings, including a 6-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. After a six-game skid earlier in November, points have been coming with more regularity of late, and although things haven't been perfect, Nashville has still found ways to get back in the win column over the past two weeks.
"It just started with more consistent work ethic," Preds forward Colton Sissons said of the recent success. "We had times where we were feeling good and wanted it a bit easy, and it doesn't come easy anymore. The League is so level nowadays, and every team gives you a battle just like we saw from New Jersey. It's just us being much more consistent on a nightly basis, just the competitiveness and the feistiness in our game."
Mikael Granlund, who has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury, returned to practice on Monday morning and took line rushes as a fourth forward alongside Kyle Turris, Matt Duchene and Daniel Carr.
Predators forward Yakov Trenin scored his first NHL goal on Saturday night after earning his second recall of the season, and the rookie remained on a line with Colton Sissons and Austin Watson during Monday's session.
Video: Predators ride balanced offense to 6-4 win
Last Time Out:
Carr, Trenin, Dante Fabbro, Filip Forsberg, Nick Bonino and Rocco Grimaldi all tallied for the Preds on Saturday night, while Pekka Rinne collected his 10th win of the season in net.
Preds Captain Roman Josi continues to lead the team with 25 points, followed by Matt Duchene and Ryan Ellis with 20 points apiece, and then Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok with 19 each. Forsberg and Bonino are tied for the team lead in goals with 11, Jarnkrok has 10, and Josi and Duchene have seven each.
Video: Coach Laviolette previews Sharks vs. Preds
San Jose has lost four-straight games, including a tough weekend in Florida that saw them fall to the Lightning and Panthers by a combined score of 12-2. Prior to their current skid, however, the Sharks had won 11 of their previous 13 games.
Logan Couture leads the team with 29 points, followed by Evander Kane and Erik Karlsson with 24 points each. Kane has 13 goals, Tomas Hertl has 10, and Couture and Timo Meier have nine goals apiece. Martin Jones is 12-11-1 this season with a .889 save percentage.
The Predators are 36-29-(2)-8 all-time against the Sharks, including a 22-12-(1)-2 record at Bridgestone Arena. Overall, Nashville has won six of its last 10 games (6-3-1) against San Jose.
On home ice, the Preds are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games against the Sharks, including a 10-game point streak (9-0-1) from Feb. 25, 2012 to March 29, 2018.
Video: Dan Hamhuis previews Sharks vs. Preds
Notables Versus San Jose:
Ryan Johansen has produced at nearly a point-per-game pace against the Sharks in his career, tallying 24 points (9g-15a) in 25 games. He has 11 points (2g-9a) in his last 10 meetings with the Sharks.
Roman Josi has 16 points (6g-10a) in 24 career games against the Sharks, Nick Bonino has five points (3g-2a) in his last eight games versus the Sharks and Matt Duchene has six points (3g-3a) in his last five games against San Jose.
Video: Roman Josi Winter Classic bobblehead
When You Go:
Be sure to get to Bridgestone Arena early tonight - the first 8,000 fans to pass through the doors will receive a 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Roman Josi bobblehead. Arena doors open early at 5 p.m. CT for Predators Season-Ticket Citizens and Fifth Third Bank cardholders courtesy of Fifth Third Bank. Doors open to all fans at 5:30 p.m.
Stop by the Preds Foundations area outside of Section 106 to purchase a 2020 Predators Team Calendar for $15 or a holiday mystery puck autographed by a Preds player for $25. Signed holiday Predators jerseys will also be up for auction tonight: stop by or text "Preds" to 76278.
Watch and Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Smashville Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. with Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer 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 6 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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