The Nashville Predators go for a perfect home stand tonight as they close out a three-game set by hosting the San Jose Sharks at Bridgestone Arena. It's the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season, and the first time the Sharks have been in Nashville since Game Six of last spring's Second Round series. The Preds and Sharks last got together just two weeks ago in San Jose, a 3-1 Nashville victory, with goals from Ryan Johansen, James Neal and Viktor Arvidsson.
The Predators have won two straight on their current home stand, defeating Arizona and Calgary by identical 3-1 scores. The win over the Flames came on Thursday, with goals from Calle Jarnkrok, Colton Sissons and Ryan Ellis. Pekka Rinne collected the win, and Captain Mike Fisher was absent with a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.
Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Arvidsson remain one, two and three in scoring for the Preds with 55, 54 and 53 points, respectively. Forsberg leads the club with 29 goals, followed by Arvidsson with 27 and James Neal with 21. Defenseman Ryan Ellis has tallied 15 times from the back end, including three in his last two outings. Rinne is 29-16-8 overall and 4-0-0 in his last four starts; Juuse Saros, who beat San Jose two weeks ago, is 8-7-3.