NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 7th
(All times Eastern)
San Jose Sharks (27-10-6) at Nashville Predators (18-19-6), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks will try to cap a three-game road
trip on a positive note when they visit the sliding Nashville Predators for
Tuesday's clash at Bridgestone Arena.
The Sharks, winners of six of their last eight games, are 1-1-0 so far on
their swing and are coming off Sunday's shootout win in Chicago. San Jose
trailed 2-1 early in the third period, but wound up notching an impressive 3-2
victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions,
San Jose went ahead 1-0 on Jason Demers goal midway through the first and the
score stayed that way until Chicago tallied twice early in the third period.
Niklas Hjalmarsson scored 1:27 into the third to tie it and Michal Rozsival
pushed the Blackhawks in front at the 4:01 mark.
However, Brent Burns' 14th marker of the season evened things at 2-2 with
11:10 left in the third. The equalizer allowed San Jose to eventually win in
the shootout, as Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski both scored in the decisive
phase to help the Sharks gain the extra point.
Alex Stalock stopped 33-of-35 shots for San Jose through regulation and
overtime and then denied both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp in the
"In my opinion, (Chicago) and (the Anaheim Ducks) are the best two teams in
the (Western Conference), so to come in here in their building and beat them,
it's a huge feather in our cap," Sharks captain Joe Thornton said.
The win was only the second in the last five road games for San Jose, which
improved to 12-9-3 as the guest this season,
The Sharks announced some bad news regarding Couture, revealing Tuesday that
the key forward needs to have surgery for a lingering upper-body injury.
Couture is scheduled to undergo the procedure on Wednesday and reports suggest
he will miss 3-to-4 weeks of action.
"For the past several weeks, Logan has been dealing and playing with an upper
body injury," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "Despite
his efforts to play through it, the injury has not responded as we had hoped
and Logan has made the decision to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the
Couture has 14 goals and 21 assists in 43 games this season.
Nashville recently lost all three games of a three-game road trip, going 0-1-2
on a tour of Eastern Conference cities. The Preds lost in overtime at Boston
and suffered a shootout loss against Florida before losing Sunday in
regulation versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Jeff Skinner scored the game-winner
with 3:31 remaining in the third to lift the Hurricanes to a 2-1 win over
The Predators hope to get back on track tonight when they begin a five-game
stay at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville is 10-8-3 on home ice this season
compared to an 8-11-3 mark everywhere else.
Patric Hornqvist scored the lone goal for the Predators on Sunday, as the club
lost for the seventh time in nine games. Carter Hutton made 23 saves in a
"They put a lot into it. We should have had five out of six points on this
trip. We come back with two and that's discouraging," said Nashville coach
The Predators, however, have fared well in recent meetings versus San Jose,
winning three of four and five of the last seven games in this series. The
Sharks also have lost three straight in the Music City and Nashville holds a
6-2-1 record in the past nine meetings at Bridgestone Arena.
01/07 11:22:38 ET