With the Sharks and the Predators set to face each other on Thursday night at HP Pavilion at San Jose, here are the links you need to read before the game:HAVLAT ACTIVATED OFF INJURED RESERVE
Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told members of the media on Thursday morning that the team has activated Marty Havlat off injured reserve and the San Jose forward is expected to play against Nashville.
]NIEMI vs RINNE, LINE COMBINATIONS RE-WORKED
Mercury News beat writer David Pollak reports that it will be Finnish countrymen Antti Niemi
and Pekka Rinne in goal for their respective squads and talks with alternate captain Ryane Clowe
on Marty Havlat's return from injury and how it may impact his line.
[ Working the Corners
]SHARKS LOOKING TO SHOWCASE DEPTH
CSN California beat writer Kevin Kurz reports with comments from Ryane Clowe
on San Jose showcasing their depth. Forward Tommy Wingels
will remain out of the lineup (upper body, day-to-day).
[ Sharks Talk
]SHARKS SIGN STALBERG
General Manager Doug Wilson announced Wednesday that the club has signed college free agent forward Sebastian Stalberg to a two-year entry level contract. The University of Vermont standout is the younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks forward Victor Stalberg.
]PREDATORS OPEN THREE-GAME CALIFORNIA SWING
NashvillePredators.com looks at tonight's storylines, quick hits, and Nashville's balanced scoring attack. The Sharks are 1-2-0 against the Predators in their three previous meetings this season.
]PREDATORS KILLER HAVLAT BACK AFTER 39 GAME ABSENCE
The Tennessean beat writer Josh Cooper talks about forward Marty Havlat's return to the lineup for San Jose including quotes from former teammate Mike Fisher on what made the forward so dynamic when the two played together in Ottawa.
[ Predators Insider
]SHARKS AND PREDATORS PREVIEW
NHL.com writer Eric Goodman previews Thursday night's game, including trends to watch on both sides of the puck.