Nashville Predators 2, San Jose Sharks 1 (SO): Pekka Rinne Stands Tall

Thearon W. Henderson

Skating without their two top offensive forwards, the Nashville Predators used the same script against San Jose which worked in Los Angeles Thursday night.

No Patric Hornqvist? No Martin Erat?

No problem for the Preds, who went to a shootout for the fifth time in eight games this season, and took a 2-1 decision that lifts their record on this road trip to 3-2-1, a remarkable achievement considering how things looked a few days ago.

Not that things are hunky-dory by any means. Goal-scoring is still a tremendous concern, as 6:35 of 5-on-4 time and a full 2:00 of 4-on-3 failed to yield a goal. The penalty killers did a generally solid job, giving up one goal to Martin Havlat in the third which tied things up.

Pekka Rinne was the star of the show, however, keeping things tight and shutting down all three Sharks skaters during the shootout.

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And for your advanced stats...

Nashville Predators

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Brandon Yip R 18:31 9 21 -12 +2 -13
David Legwand C 17:51 13 22 -9 +2 -10
Gabriel Bourque L 16:20 6 19 -13 +2 -14
Mike Fisher C 14:03 13 9 +4 -7 +7
Nick Spaling C 13:11 9 8 +1 -4 +3
Paul Gaustad C 12:09 7 8 -1 -10 +3
Matt Halischuk R 11:28 8 8 0 -1 +0
Sergei Kostitsyn L 11:22 15 7 +8 -4 +10
Colin Wilson C 11:17 18 6 +12 -1 +12
Craig Smith C 10:10 8 7 +1 -5 +3
Rich Clune L 4:56 6 1 +5 +2 +4
Scott Hannan D 21:46 14 24 -10 -5 -8
Shea Weber D 18:35 13 17 -4 -2 -3
Roman Josi D 16:51 17 15 +2 -5 +4
Kevin Klein D 14:18 13 13 0 -6 +2
Ryan Ellis D 10:29 8 4 +4 0 +4
Jonathon Blum D 9:52 6 5 +1 +1 +1
Hal Gill D 5:31 7 2 +5 +1 +5

Another solid night for Colin Wilson, whose efforts paid off with an assist on Sergei Kostitsyn's goal.

San Jose Sharks

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Michal Handzus C 15:28 8 13 -5 -1 -5
Ryane Clowe L 13:59 19 7 +12 +4 +10
Logan Couture C 13:36 19 7 +12 +1 +12
Joe Thornton C 13:07 7 9 -2 +8 -5
Joe Pavelski C 12:58 8 8 0 +8 -3
Patrick Marleau C 12:46 8 9 -1 +7 -4
James Sheppard C 12:46 17 6 +11 +1 +11
Martin Havlat R 12:33 8 17 -9 0 -9
Scott Gomez C 9:39 7 10 -3 -2 -2
Tj Galiardi L 8:46 5 9 -4 -2 -3
Adam Burish R 8:10 7 6 +1 -1 +1
Andrew Desjardins C 7:26 1 6 -5 0 -5
Dan Boyle D 19:08 15 13 +2 +5 0
Brad Stuart D 18:38 17 17 0 +6 -2
Marc-Edouard Vlasic D 17:02 19 9 +10 -1 +10
Justin Braun D 14:52 13 12 +1 +1 +1
Jason Demers D 14:27 9 12 -3 +2 -4
Douglas Murray D 13:30 7 16 -9 +3 -10
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