Brenden Dillon got off to a slow start with the Sharks, but he's part of a defense that has allowed just 16 goals over the last eight games.
Matt Nieto had been practicing with his teammates the last few days, but the Sharks forward return from an ankle injury has been delayed.
Scott Hannan was brought back on a one-year deal to aid the Sharks' development, but the 35-year-old is doing more than teaching.
The Sharks are winning in different ways with contributions up and down the lineup, as they have won seventh of their last eight games.
Tomas Hertl scored in the first five minutes and Antti Niemi made 29 saves for his second shutout, as the Sharks beat the Predators 2-0.