The San Jose Sharks (44-23-10, 2nd Pacific) face a serious challenge and the opportunity for a serious milestone tonight with their visit to take on the league leading Nashville Predators (49-16-11, 1st Central). A Sharks win tonight would clinch a playoff spot for the team, as would an overtime loss paired with an Arizona Coyotes regulation win over the Los Angeles Kings. On the other side of the musical yellow coin, the Predators have an opportunity to make franchise history tonight: sitting at 109 points, a win would break their record of 110 points in a season. Both of these outcomes are pretty much inevitable at this point, but either one could happen tonight. Isn't that exciting?!
The Sharks over time 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night ended an eight game losing streak, but the single point they earned drew them a little closer to the division leading Vegas Golden Knights, who lost in regulation to the Coyotes last night. The Sharks' seven point lead over the Kings for third is safe, but that Saturday match up against Vegas looks like it could have some very high stakes.
The Predators' 2-1 shoot out win over the Minnesota Wild Tuesday means they've earned at least a point in 18 of their last 20 games, outright winning 16. The Preds are on fire at the right time, unfortunately for the Sharks, as that streak includes a 7-1 shellacking of our boys in blue on 22 February. They have one of the best defensive corps in hockey, a lethal top nine, and the odds on favorite for the Vezina trophy. With a five point lead over the Winnipeg Jets in the Central division, the Perds have their eyes on that shiny Presidents' trophy, but they'll also have to fend off the Tampa Bay Lightning, three points back, for the privilege.
The Sharks are still rolling, 8-0-1 in their last nine, so let's keep the good times coming, eh, boys?
Scratched: Tim Heed, Joakim Ryan
Ryan is healthy, per head coach Pete DeBoer, but won't play since he doesn't want to mess with the proverbial good thing. It'll be messed with anyway, as Goodrow had surgery on his finger yesterday, and is out indefinitely.
Tolvanen is not scheduled to play tonight, despite the hype. He signed a three year entry level contract earlier today, an important step for the 30th overall pick in the 2017 draft
Where to watch
Broadcast: NBCSCA, FS-TN
Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App
Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App