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NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (27-22-6) at San Jose Sharks (18-29-11)


OVERALL (81 GP) 42-29-(2)-8
HOME (41 GP) 26-12-(1)-2
ROAD (40 GP) 16-17-(1)-6
LAST MEETING Oct. 8, 2022 in Prague (W, 3-2)
PLAYOFFS (0-3) Last: 2016 WCS (L, 4-3)

− The Predators are 42-29-(2)-8 all-time against the Sharks, including a 16-17-(1)-6 record on the road.

− This is the third and final matchup between Nashville and San Jose in 2022-23; it is the first and only at SAP Center.

− Nashville is 2-0-0 against San Jose this season, earning back-to-back wins on Oct. 7-8 at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czechia, as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series.

− The Predators are 5-0-0 in their last five games against the Sharks; they are 8-1-1 in their last 10; and 3-1-1 in their last five on the road.

− Nashville is currently on a nine-game point streak against San Jose (8-0-1) that began on March 16, 2019; the Predators have not allowed more than two goals against in a single game during the streak, recording two shutouts.

− The Predators defeated the Sharks, 8-0, on March 5, 2022, marking the largest margin of victory in a road game in franchise history.

− Roman Josi has 23 points (6g-17a) in 30 career games against the Sharks, including four points (4g) on March 5, 2022.

− Matt Duchene has 11 points (7g-4a) in his last 11 games against San Jose. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 2009 vs. San Jose.

− Filip Forsberg is averaging a point per game vs. San Jose, posting 23 points (9g-14a) in 23 contests.

− Philip Tomasino recorded a career-high three points (3a) on March 5, 2022 at San Jose.

− Mattias Ekholm scored his first career NHL goal vs. San Jose on Jan. 7, 2014.

− San Jose’s Matt Benning (2020-22), Nick Bonino (2017-20) and Luke Kunin (2020-22) are former Predators players.

− Vancouver Canucks 4, Nashville Predators 5 (SO) – Feb. 21 (Bridgestone Arena)

− NSH goals: Smith (3), Tomasino – PP (1), Niederreiter (16), Granlund (7)

− VAN goals: Kuzmenko (25), Dries – PP (8), Garland (12), Kuzmenko (26)

− Goaltenders: NSH – Saros (W, 35/39); VAN – Delia (SOL, 22/26)

− Power plays: NSH 1-4; VAN 1-4
− Notes: Nashville improved to 16-10-3 at home in 2022-23… The Predators are now 2-0-0 against the Canucks this season… The Predators moved to 7-6 in overtime/shootouts this season (4-5 in OT; 3-1 in shootout)… Matt Duchene scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout… Ten different Predators skaters had a point, led by Juuso Parssinen’s two (2a)… Philip Tomasino scored his first goal of the season, a power-play tally… Nino Niederreiter scored his 16th goal of the season and second in as many games… Mikael Granlund scored his first goal since Jan. 26 vs. New Jersey… Roman Josi tallied an assist and had six shots, 10 shot attempts and three blocked shots in 25:31 of ice time.

Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-Feb. 21 48
Alexandre Carrier Upper body Jan. 26-Feb. 21 8
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 13-21 5
Total man-games lost: 115
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 49; McCarron – 20; Carrier – 13; McDonagh – 7; Smith – 6; Forsberg – 5; Trenin – 5;
Glass – 3; Lauzon – 3; Jankowski – 2; Duchene – 1; Lankinen – 1

− Feb. 21: Reassigned forward Mark Jankowski to Milwaukee (AHL).
− Feb. 13: Recalled forward Philip Tomasino from Milwaukee (AHL).
− Feb. 8: Signed forward Tommy Novak to a one-year, $800,000 contract for 2023-24.


Game 58 – 2/20 – SJS 4 vs SEA 0…James Reimer earned his second shutout of the season with a 26-save effort. Logan Couture
(1g, 0a) reached the 20-goal mark for the 10th time in his career. Only Patrick Marleau (14x) has scored 20 goals in more seasons for
the Sharks. Erik Karlsson (0g, 2a) reached 76 points on the season, putting him in a tie with Brent Burns’ 2016-17 Norris Trophywinning campaign for the second most by a defenseman in a season in franchise history. Evgeny Svechnikov (1g, 1a) matched his
career high in goals set last season.
SJ Goals: Couture (20), Svechnikov (7), Gregor (4), Eyssimont (4)
SF: 26
SA: 23
SJ PP: 0/2
SJ PK: 0/2
W: Reimer
L: Jones

2/21 Assigned D Nick Cicek to the San Jose Barracuda
2/20 Recalled F Martin Kaut from the San Jose Barracuda
San Jose Sharks: Media Notes
2/19 Assigned G Aaron Dell to the San Jose Barracuda
2/16 Recalled D Nick Cicek from the San Jose Barracuda
2/15 Assigned D Nick Cicek and G Eetu Makiniemi to the San Jose Barracuda
2/14 Placed F Jonah Gadjovich on IR; Recalled G Eetu Makiniemi from the San Jose Barracuda
2/11 Recalled G Aaron Dell from the San Jose Barracuda
2/9 Recalled D Nick Cicek from the San Jose Barracuda
2/5 Acquired a conditional 2023 fourth-round selection (Seattle’s choice) from the Seattle Kraken in exchange for D Jaycob Megna
2/5 D Nikolai Knyzhov returned from his long-term injury conditioning loan with the San Jose Barracuda; assigned Knyzhov to the Barracuda

Tonight, San Jose and Nashville are meeting for the third and final time this season. The two conference foes faced off in Prague, Czech Republic as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series, where Nashville took both contests of the two-game set. Mario Ferraro (0g, 2a) and Luke Kunin (1g, 1a) lead San Jose in scoring against the Predators this season. Nashville’s offense has come alive recently, with the team scoring 14 goals in their last three games, including a blowout victory against Florida on Feb. 18. Roman Josi, a finalist for the 2022 Norris Trophy, continues to push the pace offensively, as he leads Nashville in assists and points and sits in seventh in League scoring among defensemen.

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