clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Sharks vs. Predators, Game 3: Looking to take a commanding lead

New, comments

San Jose has a chance to go up 3-0 on the Predators tonight.

Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

After playing a great game one and a so-so game two, the Sharks have a chance to go up 3-0 on the Predators in Nashville tonight. Game three is the only time they faltered against the Kings and San Jose will attempt to avoid a similar slump against the Predators.

Nashville made some adjustments in game two, using shorter shifts to try to mess with the Sharks timing and line matchups. Now that the Predators get last change, expect Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette to use that to his advantage. How impactful that'll end up being...is another matter altogether.

Tale Of The Tape

@

San Jose Sharks
41-27-14 Regular Season Record 46-30-6
4th in Central Regular Season Finish 3rd in Pacific
53.7%
Regular Season Even Strength, Score-Adj. Fenwick 53.3%
99.4
Regular Season PDO 100.4
19.7
Regular Season PP% 22.5
81.2
Regular Season PK% 80.5

6PM PDT | Bridgestone Tire Arena | Nashville, TN
TV: USA | Radio: SJSharks.com98.5 KFOX | Stream: Live Extra
Know Your Enemy: On the Forecheck

Last Meeting

Logan Couture scored early, Joe Pavelski scored late and the Predators won their second-straight against Nashville.

Storylines

  • The second played another dominant game on Sunday, will that trend continue now that Nashville can better play its matchups?
  • Despite factoring on the game-tying and game-winning goals, the Joe Thornton line took a step backwards in terms of possession. If they bounce back, the Sharks are in business.
  • Martin Jones played his best game of the playoffs on Sunday — will fatigue be a factor after seeing such a high volume of shots?
  • San Jose has played well on the road all year and I don't expect that to change now.