Originally posted on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 11/4/11

Season Records

Nashville Predators 6-4-2

San Jose Sharks 7-4-0

The Nashville Predators face off against San Jose Saturday night at HP Pavilion. Last time the two teams met, Nashville was struggling and lost 3-1 at home.This is the last meeting between the two clubs until February 25h, 2012.

The Predators shutout Phoenix on Thursday night and are 4-1-1 in their last 6 contests entering Saturday night’s tilt.

San Jose’s latest win was a dramatic come from behind victory on Thursday night that saw the Sharks down by two goals early in the first against the Penguins, only to beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in the shootout. The Sharks are 5-2-0 on the road but hold a modest 2-2 record at home. Despite the early struggles at home, HP Pavilion is known to be a difficult place for opposing teams to play.

Pekka Rinne is likely to get his 13th consecutive start for the Predators this season. Anders Lindback will probably start his first game next week when Nashville plays back-to-back games against Los Angeles and Anaheim.

Rinne is the only goaltender in the NHL to start all of his club’s games in 2011-12. Going into this weekend’s games, Rinne leads the League in minutes played (684:37), saves (342) and shots against (368).

Thursday night’s win saw the Predators score 3 goals. In games where Nashville’s offense finds the back of the net three or more times, the Predators are 5-0-1. Nashville’s one blemish on that record came Monday night in Chicago when the Predators scored 4 goals but still lost the game in overtime.

Nashville’s offense is currently being lead by Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist. Smith had six shots on goal Thursday night and set up Matt Halischuk for his second period goal. Smith has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points on the season.

Hornqvist has scored 5 goals in four consecutive games.

Also in the mix is David Legwand who has 12 points in 12 games, including 3 goals and 9 assists.

Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks in both goals (8) and points (13), including two goals scored against the Predators when the two teams met last month at Bridgestone Arena.

 

From the Predators game notes:

 

The Predators have taken an extended road trip in November since 2006 to accommodate the CMA Awards held in Nashville. On their first two CMA trips, the Predators went a combined 7-1-1, sweeping Western Canada and defeating Minnesota in 2006, then going 3-1-1 on a 2007 trip that started Calgary and ended in Detroit.

The 2008 trip began with three straight losses in Vancouver, Calgary and Colorado, but ended with the team’s first-ever sweep of California, highlighted by Dan Ellis’ franchise-record 54 saves in a 4-3 win at San Jose on Nov. 11.

In each of the past two seasons, Nashville has ended the trip on a winning note in St. Louis, topping the Blues on Nov. 12, 2009 by a 3-1 score, and on Nov. 11, 2010, 3-2 in a shootout.

 

 

Photo credit: Getty Images

 

 

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