Sharks-Predators at a glance

Sharks-Predators at a glance
March 2, 2013, 9:45 am
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The Sharks and Predators have gone to overtime in each of their first two matchups this season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)


- Nashville is 4-0-1 in its last five games against the Sharks with four of the five games being decided by one goal.

- Richard Clune is one of three rookies in the league who is leading his team in hits (52).

- The Predators have allowed at least one power-play goal in each of their last three games, the second-longest active streak in the league.

- San Jose has allowed only nine goals in the first period this season, tied with the Devils for the fewest in the NHL.

- Joe Thornton has recorded 48 points in 38 career games against the Predators. His 1.26 points per game average is tied for the third highest against Nashville all-time (minimum 15 games).

- The Sharks are averaging 6.9 power-play shots per game, the most in the league.

Programming note: Sharks-Predators coverage gets under way today at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only Comcast SportsNet California. Stick around after the game for Sharks Postgame Live.

Where they stand
Sharks: 9-6-4, 22 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 8th Western Conference
Predators: 9-7-5, 23 points, 4th Central Division, 6th Western Conference


Goals per game: 2.21 (26th)
Goals-against per game: 2.10 (5th)
Power play: 16.5 percent (17th)
Penalty kill: 86.5 percent (5th)

Goals per game: 2.05 (30th)
Goals-against per game: 2.29 (7th)
Power play: 14.5 percent (24th)
Penalty kill: 80.3 percent (18th)

Probable lines


Logan Couture - Joe Thornton - Marty Havlat
Tim Kennedy - Patrick Marleau - Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe - Scott Gomez - James Sheppard
Andrew Desjardins - Adam Burish - TJ Galiardi

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brad Stuart
Douglas Murray – Justin Braun

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss


Gabriel Bourque – Mike Fisher – Patric Hornqvist
Colin Wilson – David Legwand – Martin Erat
Sergei Kostitsyn – Craig Smith – Rich Clune
Matt Halischuk – Nick Spaling – Brandon Yip

Roman Josi – Shea Weber
Scott Hannan – Kevin Klein
Jonathon Blum – Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne
Chris Mason

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Joe Thornton. It’s clear that the coaching staff – and general manager Doug Wilson – wants the team to start shooting the puck more. Thornton, in particular, seemed to draw the ire of his head coach after Thursday’s game when he misplayed a two-on-one rush that didn’t generate a shot on net. Thornton wound up for a big slap shot in the third period, so look for him to do more of that tonight against the defensively stingy Predators.

Predators: Sergei Kostitsyn. The forward has six points in his last seven games, after having a recent sit down with head coach Barry Trotz, according to The Tennessean. One of the leading scorers for the Predators in 2010-11 with 43 points in 75 games, Nashville needs him to continue to pick up his scoring pace. Kostitsyn’s line with Rich Clune and Craig Smith has been the team’s most productive unit of late.

Last game

Sharks: The Sharks opened the scoring with a Logan Couture one-timer in the third period, but Patrick Eaves tied it on a deflected puck and the Red Wings went on to a shootout win on Thursday at HP Pavilion, 2-1. Damien Brunner scored the only goal in the skills competition for Detroit, in what was the first of three meetings between the two teams. The Sharks lost for the 10th time in 12 games.

Predators: Nashville has been off since Wednesday, when it got blitzed by the surging Anaheim Ducks, who were led by a Kyle Palmieri hat trick in a 5-1 win. Pekka Rinne took the loss in net, allowing all five goals on 21 shots, and was pulled after the second period. He’s allowed four or more in three straight games. Craig Smith scored Nashville’s lone goal.


Sharks: Brent Burns (left leg) and Tommy Wingels (undisclosed) are out. Michal Handzus (maintenance day) is doubtful.

Predators: Hal Gill (lower body) is out.

Season series

Nashville has pocketed four points against the Sharks, with a 2-1 shootout win at HP Pavilion on Feb. 2, and a 1-0 overtime victory at Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 12. This is the third and final game between the two clubs.


“[Niemi] was great, once again. Same story every single night. He’s been unbelievable this year for us, and a lot of games he’s made some really big saves for us. It’s one of the reasons we got a point tonight, but we’ve got to score more goals for him.”
-– Logan Couture, after 2-1 shootout loss to Detroit