The Sharks (33-19-8, 2nd Pacific) will look to stay hot on the road tonight with a big test against the Central division leading Nashville Predators (36-14-9, 1st Central). Tonight is a tale of two teams on similar courses, as both the Preds and Sharks are on winning streaks, and both have earned 14 points out of their last ten games. In Nashville's case, that run has been good enough to boost them up to second place in the Western Conference, just three points behind the dominant (still! I know, right?) Vegas Golden Knights.
Both teams are also coming into tonight off of 3-2 victories on Tuesday. The Predators banked four points out of a back to back against the Senators and Red Wings, maybe the Sharks can take advantage of a team tired from beating up on AHL teams all week.
The Sharks' 3-2 win came that same night over the St. Louis Blues. Despite being out shot 33-23, Martin Jones made 31 saves and Mikkel Boedker scored his fifth goal in four games to give San Jose the win. The Blues played well enough to win, but their losing streak extended to four.
The Sharks will get a couple of boosts to their roster tonight, as Tomas Hertl is set to return after missing three games, along with new Shark Eric Fehr, acquired in exchange for a seventh round draft pick courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Whether Fehr's presence helps or hinders is up for debate approaching puck drop, but our outlook is not particularly optimistic. Nashville's center depth will give Fehr a good opportunity to prove us wrong. Adding in the new that Brent Burns is playing hurt and tonight's game could go any which way.
I mentioned in this space that losing streaks are close to their end when teams start losing games they deserve to win. For the Sharks, the opposite of that saying is sadly relevant. Of their current three game winning streak, the Sharks have out shot their opponents in exactly none of them, and are riding a 1.124 PDO over that span. At some point, Jones will have to return to terra firma and when he does the Sharks could be in trouble.
Until then, though, good times ahoy!
Timo Meier -- Joe Pavelski -- Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc
Mikkel Boedker -- Chris Tierney -- Jannik Hansen
Barclay Goodrow -- Eric Fehr -- Melker Karlsson
Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun
Brendan Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Paul Martin, Tim Heed, Marcus Sorensen, Daniel O'Regan
Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Joel Ward (shoulder)
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith
Scott Hartnell -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok
Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin -- Yannick Weber
Scratched: Pontus Aberg, Anthony Bitetto, Matt Irwin
Where to watch
Broadcast: NBCSCA, FS-TN
Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App
Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App