Sharks Lose Four In RowThe losing streak of the San Jose Sharks (15-15-2) continued to grow, as the team dropped its fourth consecutive decision (0-3-1) after being beaten with a count of 5-1 by the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Sunday. Kevin Labanc (8 goals, 17 points this year) scored during power play midway through the opening frame to cut Florida’s initial 2-0 lead in half before the Cats netted three more snipes in the following two periods. Prior to the current skid, the Sharks had lost just twice in their previous 13 outings (11-2-0). They are 6-8-2 when playing on the road so far this season.
Goalie Martin Jones stopped 28 shots in Sunrise, taking his current performance status to 12-11-1 for the year with a 3.28 GAA and a .889 save percentage. He has recorded a 5-7-2 career total against the Nashville Predators with a 3.25 GAA and a .882 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are scoring the 10th lowest quantity of goals per game (2.69), while conceding the 3rd highest amount on the defensive end (3.44). They are 22nd in power play with a 16.7% success rate and top of the league in penalty kill with 88.5% effectiveness.
Preds End Two-Game SkidThe Nashville Predators (13-10-5) ended a two-game losing skid (0-1-1) following a 6-4 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. Six different players scored and 12 recorded at least a point, with Rocco Grimaldi (3 goals, 14 points) collecting a strike, an assist, three shots on target and a team-high plus-4 coefficient. The Predators are now riding a four-game point streak on own ice (2-0-2) and are 4-1-2 in their last seven overall fixtures after registering a six-game losing run prior (0-5-1). They are 8-5-4 when playing in Nashville for the whole season thus far.
Goalie Pekka Rinne turned away 29 shots versus New Jersey to go 10-4-3 for the current campaign with a 2.92 GAA and a .897 save percentage. He is 13-7-4 in previous encounters with the San Jose Sharks, posting a 1.92 GAA and a .940 save percentage. The Predators, meanwhile, are netting the 7th highest number of goals per game (3.36), while allowing the 10th highest quantity defensively (3.21). They are 25th in power play with a 15.5% conversion rate and 27th in penalty kill with 75.8% effectiveness.
Nashville (according to Covers.com)
- Predators are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Pacific.
- Predators are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.
San Jose (according to Covers.com)
- Sharks are 9-2 in their last 11 vs. Western Conference.
- Sharks are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.