Sharks vs. Predators, Game 3: Looking to take a commanding lead
San Jose has a chance to go up 3-0 on the Predators tonight.
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
|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.com, 98.5 KFOX | Stream: Live Extra
Know Your Enemy: On the Forecheck
Logan Couture scored early, Joe Pavelski scored late and the Predators won their second-straight against Nashville.
- 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.