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
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)
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)
Clowe – Thornton – Pavelski
Marleau – Couture – Havlat
Sheppard – Handzus – Wingels
Desjardins – Gomez – Burish
Vlasic – Boyle
Stuart – Burns
Demers – Braun
Kostitsyn – Fisher – Erat
Wilson – Legwand – Bourque
Yip – Spaling – Smith
Clune – Gaustad – Gill
Hannan – Weber
Josi – Klein
Blum – Ellis
Keep an eye on…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Desjardins is questionable (flu).
Patric Honrqvist (knee) is out. Hal Gill (undisclosed) is questionable.
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.
“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