Originally written on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 2/24/12

Western Conference rival, San Jose Sharks, come to Smashville to take on your Nashville Predators. The Nashville Predators' record this season is 35-19-7 and ranked 5th in the Western Conference. The San Jose Shark's record this season is 32-20-7 and ranked 3rd in the Western Conference. Puck drops at 7:08 PM CT at loud, Bridgestone Arena. 

Also, a section on Parkinson's/Peterson Awareness Night inside. Plus, updating line-up news as it comes in!

The hastags for tonight's game is #Preds and #SJSharks

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Season Series

Date Away Home Result 10/25 SJ NSH 3-1 SJ 11/5 NSH SJ 4-3 NSH


TV/Radio Coverage

Coverage in Nashville: None and 102.5 The Game

Coverage in San Jose: CSN-CA and KFOX 98.5

Line Up News

Projected Starting Goalies:

Name W L OT GAA SV % #35 Pekka Rinne 33 13 7 2.36 .925 #31 Antti Niemi   24 14 6 2.46 .913

Projected Predators Scratches: #38 D Jack Hillen and #18 W Brandon Yip

Projected Sharks Scratches: #18 C Dominic Moore (Injury), #3 D Douglas Murray (Throat) and #78 W Benn Ferriero

Thoughts on Both Teams

The San Jose Sharks enter into this game with a win Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. San Jose is currently on a nine game road trip and this game will be their eighth. The Sharks are 2-4-1 so far on their road trip. So, expect to see some fatigue later in the game. Not to mention, the Sharks have a game at 3 PM PT Sunday against the Minnesota Wild and this game tongight is the first of the back-to-back. The projected goalies are questionable because of the back-to-back, but I would expect Antti Niemi to start tonight and Thomas Greiss to get the start tomorrow to end the road trip. Newly aquired, Dominic Moore, received an injury in his first game with the Sharks in Columbus. Moore blocked a shot and was out Thursday as well, so I am expecting him to sit out tonight.

The Nashville Predators enter into this game off a shoot-out loss to the St. Louis Blues. A hard fought game by the Predators, but they couldn't get the job done. Since Thursday night, David Poile has made a few roster moves. Jerred Smithson was traded to the Florida Panthers for a sixth round pick. Also, Ryan Ellis has been re-assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals. So, with Smitson being traded, that must mean that Patric Hornqvist will be in the line-up tonight off an upper-body-injury. With Ellis being sent down, the Predators open up another spot in the line-up. Could that mean a trade before Monday? I hope. 

San Jose Sharks Players to Watch:

Name Goals Assists #19 Joe Thornton 13 41 #39 Logan Couture 27 25 #8 Joe Pavelski 22 24

Other Important Games to Watch: Blues @ Jets at 1 PM, Coyotes @ Oilers at 3 PM, Avalanche @ Red Wings at 6 PM and Blackhawks @ Kings at 7 PM

Brent Peterson Appreciation Night/Parkinson's Disease Awareness Night

Nashville, Tenn. (February 23, 2012) – This Saturday, the Nashville Predators will honor former Associate Coach and current Hockey Operations Advisor Brent Peterson with a Brent Peterson Appreciation/Parkinson’s Awareness Night for his contributions to the organization, and courage for taking his battle with Parkinson’s to the public.

Special initiatives from the night include the introduction of the “Miles for Petey” campaign, designed to encourage fans to make a monetary donation to Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s (PFP) for every mile the Predators fly during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs; Brent Peterson “look-a-like” mask giveaways to all in attendance; a pre-game check presentation to the PFP; donation opportunities; PFP information tables at the section 120 Community Corner and more. 

From the first time the Predators took to the ice until the end of the 2010-11 season, Brent Peterson provided a stable presence behind the Nashville Predators bench. After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s almost a decade ago, the veteran of 620 NHL games played and more than 1000 NHL games coached stepped down from his long-standing position this past summer due to advancement of the disease. Recently, Peterson brought his battle with Parkinson’s into the public eye – including in-depth coverage of his Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS) – in an effort to create awareness and cultivate donations to the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s. Donations to PFP fund critical research to aid in the fight against the disease.

“The strength and sense of humor Brent has shown throughout his battle with Parkinson’s has been incredible and inspiring,” Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations and General Manager David Poile said. “Choosing to make his journey and treatment public couldn’t have been easy, but shining the light on living with Parkinson’s has helped create invaluable awareness. He has given so much to this organization in his tenure and kept his spirit even through challenging times; we couldn’t be prouder to stand with Brent and help spread the word in any way we can.”

After the completion of DBS surgery this past December, Brent is currently healthy and has seen a remarkable decrease in symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. 

The mission of Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s is to educate and raise awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease. Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s raises funds to benefit Parkinson’s related research, education and support groups in the Middle Tennessee area as well as nationally. The Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s also partners with the Nashville Predators Foundation for the Nashville Predators/Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic and Petey’s Preds Party. This year’s event will take place Sept. 17 and 18. Visit nashvillepredators.com/golf for more information. For more information on the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, and to donate to the “Miles for Petey” campaign, visit petersonforparkinsons.org.

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