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San Jose Sharks vs. Nashville Predators: Showdown on the Blue Line

Can we take “The Big D” from Dallas for one of these cities instead?

NHL: San Jose Sharks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Nashville Predators return from out West to host a West Coast foe at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday night. Can the Preds extend their winning streak to six games, or will the San Jose Sharks be able to take them down?

The San Jose Sharks

Early on, San Jose has not been the team many expected them to be. They are 4-3-1 through their first 8 games and sitting at 4th in the Pacific Division, behind the Ducks, Flames, and Canucks. The Sharks have had games where they score a lot, but they have also been shut out once already this season.

Perhaps the worst thing for the Sharks right now is their inability to find any sort of rhythm. After an opening night loss at home to the Ducks and a back-and-forth of wins and losses to get their record to 2-2-0, the Sharks lost two straight to open up a trip to the northeast, salvaging a point against the Rangers before losing in regulation to the Devils. They finished up that road trip with wins against the Sabres and Islanders, and now they will play three games against division leaders.

Summer acquisition Erik Karlsson has yet to score his first in teal, but he's gotten more shots on goal than any of his teammates except Evander Kane. The goals will come, and they might start tonight. The Sharks also have several other players who are already filling the net, but Martin Jones has been having a tougher time at the other end, and backup Aaron Dell has been only pretty okay.

The Nashville Predators

It's been a good week to wear gold, unless your name is Pekka Rinne. Juuse Saros will start his second consecutive game and will look to keep up his excellent play.

Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson have been producing with Ryan Johansen, Kevin Fiala has finally found the score sheet, and P.K. Subban looks like his old self. If this Preds team can tighten it up a little defensively they're in great shape.

Reasons to Watch

  1. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Karlsson, Brent Burns, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic all playing in the same game? Oh yes.
  2. Johansen might be back to scoring goals.
  3. Forsberg and Fiala definitely are.

How to Watch

Puck drop is at 7:00PM Central. The game will be aired on NBCSN, or you can listen to it on 102.5 The Game.