Nashville (6-7-1) at San Jose (13-3-0), 10:30 pm EDT
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) — The San Jose Sharks have shown
some vulnerability on the road. Unfortunately for the Nashville
Predators, their Western Conference rival has been nothing short
of spectacular at HP Pavilion.
Armed with a perfect record at home, the Sharks hope to bounce
back from a loss that snapped their seven-game win streak when
they host the Predators on Tuesday.
The Sharks are 9-0-0 in San Jose, matching the league’s
third-best home win streak to open a season, and is the first
team to win its first nine home games since the 1971-72 Chicago
No team has opened with 10 consecutive home wins since the
1963-64 Blackhawks started a league-record 11-0-0 on home ice.
The 1925-26 Ottawa Senators are the only other team to win its
first 10 home games.
San Jose dropped a 4-2 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes in the
desert and fell to 4-3-0 on the road. It was the first time
this season the Sharks didn’t get the victory in the second half
of back-to-back games.
Once again, the Sharks may be without right wing Jonathan
Cheechoo, who is day-to-day after an upper-body injury that kept
him out during the weekend.
It is unknown whether goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will return to
the ice after sustaining an injury that has kept him out of two
games. The Vezina Trophy runner-up appeared to injure himself
while making the final save of a 5-4 shootout win over the St.
Louis Blues on Thursday.
Brian Boucher is 1-1-0 and has yielded five goals in two games
in Nabokov’s absence. Prior to that stretch, the 31-year-old
recorded shutouts in each of his previous two contests this
Meanwhile, the Predators suffered a 1-0 loss to the Colorado
Avalanche on Saturday – their third in a row – and fell to 1-6-1
away from Gaylord Entertainment Center.
It was the second shutout loss on this season-high, six-game
road trip for Nashville, which also fell 4-0 to Vancouver on
Tuesday. In the one game in which the Predators did score, they
gave up their highest goal total of the season, losing 7-6 to
the Calgary Flames on Thursday.