Sharks vs. Predators, Game 2 Preview: Holding on to home ice advantage
San Jose looks to build on its lead against the Preds.
After a convincing game one victory, the Sharks look to capitalize on home ice to take a 2-0 series lead to Nashville. The Sharks looked dominant on the power play, something the Predators will certainly want to neutralize entering game two. Beyond the first 10 minutes or so, the Sharks absolutely were the better team on Friday and their success in game two will rest upon how well they replicate that performance.
Pekka Rinne didn't finish the night so hot, but he kept the Predators in the game early on. Solving Rinne will require much the same process it took on Friday — get rebounds and try to catch the ever-mobile goaltender out of position.
Tale Of The Tape
|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|
5PM PDT | SAP Center | San Jose
TV: NBCSN | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: On the Forecheck
The Sharks scored five times in the third period to take down the Predators.
- The second line kicked serious butt in game one — it's a good thing, too, because the fourth line wasn't much of a factor all night long.
- Much like the top six forwards, the top four defenders all played very well. It's once you get to that bottom pairing that things get a little dicey. If the Sharks can get out to an early lead that would go a long way towards resting San Jose's stars.
- Martin Jones didn't allow an even-strength goal in game one. His even-strength save percentage sits at .9397. He posted a .9250 during the regular season, for comparison's sake.