San Jose (15-3-1) at Nashville (9-7-1), 8:00 pm EST
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) — The Nashville Predators have
done something no other opponent has to the San Jose Sharks –
beat them at home.
Looking for a similar result at the Sommet Center, the Predators
can extend their season-high three-game winning streak against
the Sharks on Monday.
With Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime victory, the Predators handed the
Sharks their lone home loss of the season. Dan Ellis made 54
saves and survived San Jose’s blitzkrieg as it posted a
franchise-record 57 shots in the losing effort.
Ellis made 33 saves in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Los Angeles
Kings for his third straight victory, improving to 7-7-1 with a
3.02 goals-against average. He has faced 124 shots in the last
three games, turning aside all but eight of them.
Nashville has enjoyed success at home as well, posting a 5-1-0
record at the Sommet Center. However, the Predators are just
4-6-1 on the road.
San Jose’s 10-0-1 mark at HP Pavilion is a stark contrast from
its 5-3-0 mark on the road, but it walked away with a 6-5 win in
Chicago on Sunday.
Defenseman Dan Boyle scored two goals, and his 16 points are
second to Nashville’s Shea Weber (18) for tops in the NHL for
Devin Setoguchi netted what stood to be the game-winner with
4:15 left in the third period Sunday and Milan Michalek
registered his third tally in the last two contests for San
Jose. Setoguchi has 10 goals – one less than his total in 44
games during his rookie campaign last season.
San Jose goaltender Brian Boucher has started the previous five
games in the wake of Evgeni Nabokov’s injury. Nabokov, who
injured himself on the final play of a 4-3 shootout win over the
St. Louis Blues on November 6, has not stated when he will
return to the ice.
Boucher is 3-1-1 in his stretch filling in for Nabokov, but has
yielded 14 goals in that span. The 31-year-old is 5-1-1 overall
with two shutouts.