Sharks-Predators at a glance

Sharks-Predators at a glance
February 12, 2013, 6:45 am
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Nashville beat the Sharks in a shootout at HP Pavilion on Feb. 2, 2-1. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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Programming note: Sharks-Predators coverage gets underway today at 5 p.m., only on Comcast SportsNet California

Where they stand
Sharks:
7-3-2, 16 pts., 2nd Pacific Division, 4th Western Conference
Predators: 5-3-4, 14 pts., 3rd Central Division, 6th Western Conference

Vitals
Sharks
Goals per game: 2.83 (10th)
Goals-against per game: 2.17 (7th)
Power play: 23.3 percent (8th)
Penalty kill: 86.5 percent (6th)

Predators
Goals per game: 1.83 (30th)
Goals-against per game: 1.92 (T – 2nd)
Power play: 15.4 percent (21st)
Penalty kill: 81.8 percent (13th)

Probable lines
Sharks
Clowe – Thornton – Pavelski
Marleau – Couture – Havlat
Sheppard – Handzus – Wingels
Desjardins – Gomez – Burish

Vlasic – Boyle
Stuart – Burns
Demers – Braun

Niemi
Greiss 

Predators
Kostitsyn – Fisher – Erat
Wilson – Legwand – Bourque
Yip – Spaling – Smith
Clune – Gaustad – Gill

Hannan – Weber
Josi – Klein
Blum – Ellis

Rinne
Mason

Keep an eye on…
Sharks
Brent Burns. The Sharks defenseman will be playing in his third game of the season after missing the first 10 due to injury, and is still looking for his first point. Burns has played an average of about 20 minutes a night, and is a -2 with four penalty minutes.

Predators 
Pekka Rinne. The Predators are last in the league in goals per game, but with Rinne in net, they usually don’t need to score much. The big goalie is 4-1-0 in his last five outings, with a 1.16 goals-against average and .958 save percentage.

Last game
Sharks 
Thomas Greiss surrendered six goals on 36 shots in Columbus in a 6-2 Sharks loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday night at Nationwide Arena. Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski (power play) scored for San Jose, which got behind early and was never really in the game. The Sharks allowed two power play goals, ending their streak of eight straight games with no power play goals against.

Predators 
Nashville was shut out by the NHL-leading Chicago Blackhawks at home on Sunday, 3-0. Corey Crawford stopped all 17 Predators shots he faced, including just three in the first period. Pekka Rinne took the loss in net, with 21 saves on 24 shots.

Injuries
Sharks 
Andrew Desjardins is questionable (flu).

Predators
Patric Honrqvist (knee) is out. Hal Gill (undisclosed) is questionable.

Season series
Nashville beat the Sharks in a shootout at HP Pavilion on Feb. 2, 2-1. The teams meet once more after tonight, on March 2 in San Jose.

Quoteable
“This is a little hiccup. We have to really just get back and play some good hockey.” – Joe Thornton, after Monday night’s 6-2 loss in Columbus